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RYA Start Yachting
£220/$440
1 live-aboard weekend

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£440/$880
2 live-aboard weekends

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£220/$440
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RYA Yachtmaster Theory
£495/$990
3 weekends 8-4pm

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory
£495/$990
10 4-hr standalone modules

Ocean Sailing...

RYA Watch-leader

Sydney-Southport
7 days 500 miles
£585/$1050

Southport-Hamilton Is
7 days 500 miles
£585/$1050

Hamilton Is-Southport
6 days 500 miles
£585/$1050

Southport-Sydney
6 days 500 miles
£585/$1050


Yachtmaster Ocean Qualifier

Sydney-Auckland
2 weeks 1200 miles
£1013/$2026

Brazil- Trinidad
4 weeks 3000 miles
£2026/$4052

Bermuda - Dublin
4 weeks 3200 miles
£2026/$4052

* See pricing note at foot of page


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RYA Yachtmaster - Professional worldwide qualification

Call our Sailing Coach, Peter Edington, on +61 405 430 525 to chat about becoming a Yachtmaster

Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory
£560 - $990AU

A rolling programme of 10 stand-alone modules. Run by Peter Edington Sailing at their RYA shore-based sailing school in Sydney Australia

This page is currently being updated.

Module 1: The Magnetic Compass

Using a Chart:
• Chart types
• Chart symbols
• Keeping your charts up to date.

Magnetic Variation:
• Explanation of Variation and how to convert between True & Magnetic
• Allowance for Variation
• Change of Variation with time and location

Magnetic Deviation:
• Explanation of Deviation and how to convert between Magnetic & Compass course
• Explanation of causes of Deviation
• How to 'Swing' a compass
• Introduction to the Deviation curve

Exercises in class plus some homework

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Module 2: Tidal Streams
Navigation in restricted visibility

Tidal Streams
• Tide tables and atlases in Almanacs
• Computing Course To Steer
• Tidal rips, overfalls
• Observation buoys & beacons

Fog
• Precautions to be taken when navigating in poor visibility
• Limitations to safe navigation
• Strategies in poor visibility

Exercises in class plus some homework

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Module 3: Your Position

Calculating your position
• Dead reckoning
• Estimate position;


Fixing your Position
• Fixes by radar
• Fixes by observation, mixed position lines, accuracy and uncertainty
• Fixes from mixed position lines
• Accuracy and uncertainty

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Module 4:Tides

Explanation
• What causes the tides
• The reason behind 'Springs' and 'Neaps'
• Explanation of tidal datums

Calculations
• Using tide tables
• Using RYA method for calculating Height of Tide at Primary ports
• Using RYA method for calculating Height of Tide at Secondary ports

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Module 5: Meteorology

Terms, Air masses, Clouds, Weather patterns with pressure/fronts; Land & sea breezes;
Fog, Use of the barometer as an aid

Meteorology

• Terms
• Air masses
• Clouds
• Weather patterns associated with with pressure systems & fronts
• Land & sea breezes
• Advection & Radiation Fog
• Use of the barometer as an aid to understanding the weather

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Module 6:Interpreting forecasts
Safety at Sea

Interpreting forecasts

• Forecast sources
• Interpretating what you read

Safety

• Understanding stability & your vessel's capability
• Life-jackets, harnesses & lifelines
• Fire fighting
• Distress signals
• Preparing for heavy weather
• Life-rafts & helicopter rescue

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Module 7: Pilotage

Pilotage

• Harbour regulations, signals & radio frequencies
• Methods of pre-planning
• Clearing bearings
• Distress signals
• Transits & leading lines


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Module 8: Passage planning

Passage planning

• Preparation of charts & notebook for your route
• routine for navigation in coastal waters
• Strategy for course laying
• Use of Waypoints & Routes
• Use of weather forecasts for passage planning strategy


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Module 9: Buoyage, Lights, Rule of the Road, Protecting the Marine environment

Characteristics, Ranges, Rising and dipping, light lists in Almanacs
Sound knowledge of International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS)
Responsibility to minimise pollution and protect the marine environment

Entering Port

• IALA system 'A' and system 'B'
• Limitations of buoys as navigational aids
• Customs regulations
• Sources of local and national regulations

Lights

• Characteristics
• Ranges
• Uses of rising and dipping lights
• Light lists in Almanacs


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Module 10: GPS & chart plotters
Depth sounders, Speed logs, and the Deck Log


Principles and limitations of gauges
Characteristics, Ranges, Rising and dipping, light lists in Almanacs
Sound knowledge of International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS)
Responsibility to minimise pollution and protect the marine environment

GPS

• Way-points & fixes
• How GPS works
• HoDP


Chart plotters

• Raster -v- Vector electronic charts
• Understanding the need to confirm using paper chart methods

Depth and Speed instruments

• How they work
• Their uses and their limitations

Keeping an up-to-date logbook

• Importance of logbook
• What to record
• How often to record it


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2021-22
Ocean Sailing

"Sydney - Southport"

12-18th June
7 days 500 miles
£585/$1050

"Southport - Hamilton Island"

19-25th June 2021
7 days 500 miles
£585/$1050

"Sail the Whitsundays"

3-9th July 2021
7 days of leisurely sailing
£585/$1050

"Hamilton Island - Southport"

10-16th July
6 days 500 miles
£585/$1050

"Southport - Sydney"

17-22nd July 2021
6 days 500 miles
£585/$1050