Classroom & Private Tuition

RYA Navigation Theory – tailor made to suit your circumstances

RYA VHF/SRC Radio Courses

The introduction of G.M.D.S.S. (Global Maritime Distress & Safety System) has brought about the need to revise the radio operator qualifications. We now offer the RYA VHF GMDSS Short Range Certificate one-day course and assessment for £115 plus £70 licence fee (payable to the RYA).

These courses can take place in small intimate groups of 2 – 4 students, alternatively larger groups in modern purpose built classrooms at Pugneys Watersports Centre, Wakefield using Simrad RD80 and Standard Horizon Training Radios. Alternatively we can produce these courses for groups or individuals at a suitable venue of your choice by arrangement. This course is suitable for sailors, divers, sea kayakers, water sports enthusiasts, etc.

Course topics include: The basics of radio operation. The correct frequencies (channels) to be used. Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures. Making ship to shore telephone calls. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators. Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB). Search and Rescue (SART).

THE COURSE CONSISTS OF: Up to 3 hours home study before attending the course. 7 hour classroom course. On successful completion of the course there is a separate assessment for your Certificate.

Please contact us for details, or to be kept informed of future dates.

*Please note* In order to comply with European Regulations, in January 2014, the duration of this course was extended and will also include a separate course instructor and assessor.      

RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship / Day Skipper / Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Courses

(Classroom & tutor) Howellsail deliver RYA training to suit client schedules and include a more accessible 2-day introduction course to navigation for clients who cruise close to home. For individuals, groups and discerning clients we specialise in private tuition at any suitable location worldwide. Please contact us on 01924 848558 or 07764 603000 to discuss details.

Our classroom RYA Day Skipper and Coastal/Yachtmaster navigation courses are mainly based in the North of England in small intimate groups or for larger groups in modern classrooms such as Pugneys Watersports Centre, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, just off the M1 motorway, where we focus on weekend and 5-day intensive courses in the winter months.

Contact us for more info – DISCOUNTS available for multiple bookings!
call Howellsail on: +44 (0)1924 848558 or +44 (0)7764 603000

Additional Shorebased Courses

CEVNI stands for Code Européen des Voies de Navigation Intérieure. It is the code governing navigation on the interconnected European inland waterways. Signs, rules and procedures for navigating the European inland waterways are all included within the CEVNI code, and pleasure craft are expected to know and follow the code.
CEVNI Online tuition & exams for European Inland Waterway. RYA First Aid also available by arrangement. Please contact us for details.


Cost: £85 – includes Personal login and access to the RYA Interactive site. RYA VHF Handbook (G31) incl. P&P. Unlimited email, telephone and Skype support from our experienced instructors