RYA Shore Based Courses


This course teaches the basics of sailing theory for those considering venturing out on to the water for the first time. It is for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving. It also works well in complementing the Practical courses, such as the Powerboat Level 2, Start Yachting and Helmsman.
The course is non residential and is delivered over 2 days with a minimum of 16 hours training.
Pre course experience required: None.
Course Topics: Charts and Publications,safety, Engine check, Tidal Awareness ,Visual and electronic navigation, Pilotage,Rules of the Road (IRPCS) Anchoring Weather Forecasts Passage Planning
RYA Maximum student: Instructor ratio  12 : 1 – We prefer 8 : 1 to give more tuition time per student.
Course Fee: €199. Includes training materials and Course Completion Certificate.

The Day Skipper qualification brings you up to a point where you are considered competent to skipper a yacht by day in local waters in sight of land. This theory element is a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and skippering. If your ambition is to progress from being a crew member to making decisions on board this course will give you an insight into the theoretical aspects of managing a yacht, and your crew, at sea. At Solaris safety is paramount. All skippers take on the responsibility for vessel and crew. It is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. We will not book anyone on a Day Skipper Practical course that cannot demonstrate sound theory knowledge either by qualification or verbally.
The classroom course is non residential but we will always help you to find somewhere to your liking & budget. Delivered over 5 days with a minimum of 40 hours training, Or 4 days when supplemented with a Day Skipper practical course (see combined courses).
No previous theory knowledge is necessary, but some practical sailing experience is desirable.
Course Topics: Nautical terms, Rope work, Anchor work, Safety, International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCS),Definition of course, position and speed, Navigational charts and publications, Compass and all basic seamanship essential for Day Skipper Practical course.
RYA Maximum student: Instructor ratio 12 : 1 – We prefer 6 : 1 to give more tuition time per student
Course Fee: €545 

This often confuses Day Skippers wishing to progress their knowledge, experience and qualifications. To clarify: There is a RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course. There are separate Yachtmaster Coastal (different to Coastal Skipper) and Yachtmaster Offshore qualifications achieved through examination.There is no RYA Yachtmaster Practical course, although we offer a Yachtmaster Preparation Package that aims to assess, hone and advise would be Yachtmasters on how to pass their examination.
This theory course is essential pre-requisite knowledge for both Coastal Skipper Practical and Yachtmaster training. We will not book any students at either level unless they can show by qualification, or verbally that they possess this knowledge. Coastal Skipper goes beyond the Day Skipper qualification in respect of local waters by day, and advances to offshore sailing out of sight of land and inevitably by night.
The classroom course is non residential and delivered over 6 days with a minimum of 40 hours training plus assessment.
Previous knowledge and experience to Day Skipper level is required.
Course Topics:
Position determination, The Magnetic Compass, Tides and Tidal Streams, Buoyage; Lights; Pilotage, GPS and Chart Plotters, Echo Sound Logs (speed and distance measurement), Deck log, Meteorology, Navigation in Restricted Visibility, Passage Planning, Marine Environment.
RYA Maximum student: Instructor ratio 12 : 1 – We prefer 6 : 1 to give more tuition time per student.
Course Fee: €695

The Yachtmaster Ocean qualification is the pinnacle of the RYA Sail Cruising & Yachtmaster scheme.
This course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising and is ideal for holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate who are preparing for their first ocean passage,or for crew members seeking to advance their career qualifications. Yachtmaster Ocean is the next step for Yachtmasters seeking to become a “Global Sailor” capable of sailing in any conditions, anywhere. Among other things, this theory course teaches you Astro Navigation, the means by which you find out where you are on the planet without any reference to electronic navigation. In addition to this theory course there are criteria to be met before sitting the RYA/MYA Yachtmaster Ocean examination.
The course is non-residential and is delivered over 5 days with a minimum of 40 hours training plus assessment.
Pre course experience required:
Previous knowledge and experience to at least Yachtmaster Offshore level is required.
Course Topics: The Earth and Celestial Sphere, The PZX Triangle, The Sextant, Measurement of Time, Meridian Altitudes, Sun, Star and other sights, Compass checking, Satellite Navigation Systems, Great circle sailing, Meteorology, Passage Planning, Passage making, Communications.
RYA Maximum student: Instructor ratio 12 : 1 – We prefer 4 : 1 to give more tuition time per student
Course Fee: €750

Cruising boats increasingly have radar on board. The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS) state that if you have a radar, you must know how to use it.
Radar is probably the most versatile of all electronic navigation aids, however it is not infallible and can mislead those who do not fully understand what it is showing. The best results are only obtained when all the functions are used correctly and understood. This is a one-day classroom course giving an understanding of radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.
Course topics: how the radar set works, how its adjustments and features affect the way it works, target definition, radar reflectors, types of radar display, radar plotting, the use of radar in navigation and collision avoidance.
RYA Maximum student: Instructor ratio 12 : 1 – We prefer 6 : 1 to give more tuition time per student
Course Fee: €199. Includes RYA Radar Handbook, Course Notes and Course Completion Certificate.

This is the minimum qualification required to operate both fixed and handheld marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. Equipment includes both fixed and handheld models with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The licence is awarded after successfully completing an SRC exam conducted at an RYA Recognised Training Centre. The SRC course may be taken in a classroom, as a one day course, or online. However, due to the requirement for a different assessor to take the exam, it is logistically sensible to choose the online option prior to visiting Solaris for a 5 day training course so that the exam can be taken one evening either before, during, or after, the 5 day course.
Course Topics: r
outine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling, the correct VHF channels (frequencies) to be used for each type of communication, distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures, ship to shore communication, practical use of Marine VHF DSC radios, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), Search and Rescue Transponders (SART).
The Exam: 
is a combination of a written theory test and practical assessment in the use of Marine VHF DSC radios. Time is given to familiarise with the equipment before the exam begins. Candidates must be 16 years or older on the day of the exam.
RYA Maximum student: 
Instructor ratio 12 : 1 – We prefer 4 : 1 to give more tuition time per student.
Course Fee: 
€199. Includes VHF Handbook – Online Fee RYA SRC E-Pack. Exam fee is UK £60 payable online to the RYA.

All RYA Theory & Practical courses are taught in English