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Sunsail Shorebased Sailing Courses & Schools

Sunsail offers a range of shore-based courses designed to improve the standard of seamanship of its students. Topics covered include radio skills, first aid, navigation and diesel engines.

These courses are suited to anyone who sails, but may be particularly useful to individuals planning to pursue a career in the yachting industry or those contemplating the purchase of a boat. Some of the courses offered are pre-requisites for higher qualifications.

All of Sunsail’s shore-based courses are conducted in our dedicated training facility at Port Solent, on the South Coast of England.

 

Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA Radar Course

The RYA radar Course is designed to enable students to use boat radar to assist with decision making at sea in relation to issues of navigation and pilotage, while minimising the risk of collision. This is a course that will build confidence in terms of course-plotting and give an understanding of how radar equipment functions and can be used to best advantage.

  • Understand how radar works
  • Use radar to help with navigation
  • Build confidence
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Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA Radar Course

Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA GMDSS Radio Course

The RYA GMDSS Radio Course teaches students how to communicate effectively using the low power, short-range marine GMDSS VHF radio, whether hand-held or fixed type. The syllabus for the Short Range Certificate for VHF GMDSS radio is covered and, after satisfactory assessment, the certificate will be awarded to students who can demonstrate an ability to perform routine procedures and communications. This qualification is essential for all of those wishing to take RYA Day Skipper level qualifications and above.

  • Operate a GMDSS radio
  • Communicate effectively at sea
  • Perform routine procedures
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Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA GMDSS Radio Course

Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA Diesel Engine Course

Split between theory and practical sections, the RYA Diesel Engine Course is designed to cover basic diesel engine maintenance and repairs. The course will explain the main features of a marine diesel engine and how it works, and will equip students with the skills to get their yacht home safely should they suffer engine failure while at sea. After the course, students will be able to maintain and carry out minor repairs to a diesel engine.

  • Theory and practice combined
  • Understand how a diesel engine works
  • Maintain and carry out minor repairs to your engine
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Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA Diesel Engine Course

Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA ISAF Offshore Safety Course

The RYA ISAF Offshore Safety Course fulfils the safety training requirement for sailors participating in ISAF (International Sailing Federation) offshore sailing events. The course is designed specifically for racing sailors but is ideal for any offshore sailor in that the areas covered are relevant to all offshore sailing.

  • Fulfils ISAF safety training requirement
  • Designed for racing sailors
  • Damage control and man overboard training
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Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA ISAF Offshore Safety Course

Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA Small Craft First Aid Course

The RYA Small Craft First Aid Course is designed to teach students how to deal with the full range of medical situations which they may encounter at sea, ranging from headaches and sunburn to the first care of a man-overboard victim. This is a course that is strongly recommended for any sailor and is necessary for those wishing to take the Yachtmaster Coastal course or above.

  • One day course
  • Recommended for everyone who sails
  • Care of minor injuries
  • Resuscitation techniques
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Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA Small Craft First Aid Course

Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA Sea Survival Course

The RYA Sea Survival Course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to survive at sea in the event of a marine emergency. A two hour practical session is included in the course, which is recommended for students intending to progress to Yachtmaster Coastal level or above.

Students will be instructed in safety equipment and how to use it correctly. This is compulsory for those wishing to use their qualifications professionally and to become commercially endorsed.

  • Be prepared for difficulties at sea
  • Practical and theoretical course
  • Correct use of safety equipment
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Shoredbased Sailing Courses - RYA Sea Survival Course