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Shorebased Courses

We currently offer a couple of shorebased courses, taught in the clubhouse at KYC.

RYA First Aid

Duration: 1 day (8 hours)

Max. students/instructor: 12:1, usually up to 6:1

Cost: £75

This one-day RYA First Aid course covers all the usual first aid subjects from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages

Subjects covered include:

  • The recovery position
  • CPR, including the drowning protocol
  • Cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
  • Seasickness and dehydration
  • Medical assistance/advice over VHF
  • Helicopter rescue

Students will be provided with a copy of the RYA First Aid Book.

Check the here for the latest dates available or email sailing@keyhavenyc.co.uk to check availability and/or join the waiting list.


RYA Marine Radio SRC (VHF)

Duration: 1 day (10 hours)

Max. students/instructor: 12:1, usually up to 6:1

Cost: £50

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. This course and exam is for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio.

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a fixed or handheld radio.

You will use a specially-adapted training radio for this course (usually these are Icom fixed radios), rather than computer simulator software.

Students will be provided with a copy of the RYA VHF Handbook.

An additional payment of £60 is required for the exam and includes the issue of your VHF/SRC Operator's Licence (mandatory payment online through the RYA website in advance of your course: www.rya.org.uk/exam-payments)

If you would prefer to study at your own pace, then it is possible to take the RYA's Marine Radio SRC (VHF) course online via a commercial centre for a similar price to an in-person course, and then book the final assessment at KYC when you are ready - contact sailing@keyhavenyc.co.uk if this is of interest.

How long does the assessment take?

This depends on how many people are being assessed on a course. The written assessment typically takes about 20-30 minutes and the practical assessment between one and two hours. This means we would expect a course and assessment that are run on the same day to finish around 6.30 pm.

Check here for the latest dates available or email sailing@keyhavenyc.co.uk to check availability and/or join the waiting list.

Last updated 13:27 on 29 June 2022

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