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Shore-based Training

Held on the last Sunday of every month includes tea and coffee during breaks and a light lunch It is strongly recommended you wear your own wet weather gear and lifejacket so you know how it feels and how your lifejacket functions. We can provide lifejackets and wet weather gear at an additional cost of £10.
The aim of the course is to give people going to sea the basic knowledge and practical experience of personal survival principles and techniques also a requirement if you want a commercial endorsement on your Power or Sailing qualifications.

A one day course covering every day emergencies that can happen when we are too far from immediate assistance, from how to treat minor cuts and bruises , broken bones and heart failure to high line transfers a must for all who go to sea. (includes first aid manual value £10.99)

RYA VHF SRC (DSC) £65 Per Person
A one day course in Radio Procedure and Digital Selective Calling.
You will need a passport size photograph of yourself and a further £60 payable to the RYA for your exam.
Some pre course study a total of 3 hours prior to the course is required we will send you a course pack this is the RYA VHF handbook and your exam application.
The exam is carried out by a independent examiner and takes approximately one hour this will be practical and theory.
Or you can take the course on-line by clicking here. Your course pack will be sent to you via DHL and you will have 12 months to complete the course and can take the exam at any RYA VHF SRC recognised training centre by arrangement.
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Learn how to use your Radar with confidence. From interpreting the picture for collision avoidance , and how to use it as aid to Navigation and Pilotage. Also the International Rules To The Prevention of Collisions at Sea
relating to the use of Radar

A one day theory course on how to get the best out of Electronic Navigation, covering GPS plotters, PC plotters, and hand held GPS units, we look at Rastor and Vector charts from very basic applications to more advanced tips and tricks, a computer simulator is used to test yourself on the above mentioned methods.

New for September 2007 this two day course is ideal for Crew , Fishermen, Divers , Sailors and Motor Boat owners . Held over two dayís or six evenings . This course will give you a solid foundation in Basic Navigation and Safety afloat. Topics include Pilotage and Passage Planning , Chartwork, Rules of the Road , Weather , Tides . Safety Equipment required and Pre passage Safety checks . Excellent for those wishing to go onto the RYA Dayskipper theory course or for those that donít have the time to commit to a evening course but wish to gain knowledge, improving their enjoyment afloat and making them feel safer and more confident on the water. All course notes and charts provided in the fee.

5 day intensive courses or courses held over three weekends £350 per person ( minimum of two required)
16 week course held over the winter Starting mid October 1830 to 2100 Monday and Tuesday evenings, a maximum of 6 to a class includes the RYA Electronic Charts, Books and Practice Navigation Tables £320 per person.

RYA DIESEL ENGINE COURSE £90 per person (minimun of two required)
Mechanical failure is the main cause of rescue call-outs to cruisers Sail or Power maintenance and care will help that you are not part of this statistic.
Most engine problems can be avoided by taking simple precautions, and you donít need a detailed mechanical knowledge.
This course teaches you how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown.
Whether you sail a yacht with an auxiliary diesel engine or are a motor cruising enthusiast, this course could not just save you money, but one day could save your life.
Course topics include:

  • the principles of diesel engine operation
  • the systems and parts of the engine
  • fault finding
  • rectification of common problems
  • bleeding the fuel system
  • changing the impeller
  • routine maintenance
  • winter lay up procedures
This is a hands on course so be prepared to change filters and impellors on a engine, a course book comes included in the price and you will work through this with your instructor. The course is based on a minimum of 6 hours and is held in our classroom at the Classic Boat Museum East Cowes.


Griffin Marine Services, 4 Hampshire Crescent, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5RX.  01983 826026 - 07876 623124