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RYA Helmsman

2 days: £645.00

Combined Helmsmans & Day Skipper available - 5 days: £1,380.00


This 2 day entry level course introduces you to Coastal Motor Cruising. Covering elementary seamanship, rope work and basic boat handling skills. This course can be combined with the Day Skipper practical course, which enables you to complete both courses in 5 days rather than completing them separately, which would require 6 days.

Suggested Previous Experience

None, but any you have will be an advantage.


Course Content

You will be coached in safety, boat handling, navigation and engine maintenance aboard our Nelson 44.


 Included in the course:

  • Accommodation on board
  • Meals aboard
  • Fuel & mooring fees
  • Safety equipment



09 October '17Sold Out
06 November '17Places
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RYA Helmsman Tidal Practical Certificate


Available to Hire

  • Wet Weather gear - Musto Waterproofs - £30.00 for the week.
  • 'Comfort Pack' - this comprises a freshly laundered sleeping bag, pillow, pillow case and towel - £15.00 for the week.



Types of craft

  • Sportsboats, motor cruisers planing / displacement
  • Types of hull, seakeeping, wash considerations

Engines and drives

  • Petrol / diesel
  • Single / twin screw
  • Shafts / outdrives, outboard, waterjets

Engine operation and maintenance

  • Pre-start checks inboards / outboards
  • Engine checks while running
  • Routine maintenance checks
  • Fuel consumption range, reserve and location of cutoffs
  • Basic fault diagnosis

Safety and seamanship

  • Personal safety equipment, lifejackets, buoyancy aids, flares, first aid kit
  • Anchoring: types, stowage, depth of water, preparation, check holding, weighing (may be done practically)
  • Disable craft, towing
  • Fire precautions, extinguishers, fire blankets

Rules of the road

  • Has a working knowledge of the IRPCS

Boat Preparation

  • Local boating conditions and regulations
  • Preparation of boat, lines and fenders
  • Safety equipment, lifejackets, dangers, number in boat
  • CE marks, loading, effect on handling and performance
  • Use of kill cords.
  • If trailing - number of people for launching/recovery, slipway condition steep/slippery, wind, tide.
  • Can tie and knows use of bowline, round turn and two half hitches, clove hitch, single and double sheetbend.

Boat handling

  • Steering, controls, windage
  • Starting and stopping
  • Low speed, steering a straight course
  • Turning in a confined area
  • Effect of wind on bow
  • High speed / full power, planning, trim tabs and power trim
  • S turns, U turns, stopping from speed
  • Displacement craft - handling ahead and astern
  • Carrying way

Securing to a buoy

  • Preparation of mooring warp and boathooks.
  • Method of approach in various conditions.
  • Crew communication.
  • Making fast.

Berthing alongside

  • Preparation and use of lines and springs, fenders, attachment to boat, stowage underway, securing to cleats
  • Method of approach in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Making fast - importance of "taking a turn"
  • Use of springs to leave a berth.

Man overboard

  • Immediate reaction
  • Proper observation of man overboard
  • Correct return
  • Awareness of propellers
  • Final approach and recovery of man overboard
East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com