The Yateley Offshore Sailing Club is an affiliated RYA Training establishment able to provide shorebased RYA Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory courses and qualifications to RYA Standards. We are also authorised to issue RYA ICC/CEVNI Certificates of Competence.

The following RYA shorebased courses are available to our Members at a discounted fee.





RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory Course

The Day Skipper (shorebased) theory course can be attended by those who would like to progress to being able to skipper a yacht in coastal areas.  Some practical experience on motor vessels or yachts is desirable. No previous navigation experience is required.



The course content will include:

  • Nautical terms
  • Ropework
  • Safety
  • Basic collision regulations
  • Position, course and speed definitions
  • Navigational charts
  • Introduction to navigation
  • Compass (variation and awareness of deviation)
  • Tides and tidal streams (standard ports)
  • Visual navigation aids
  • Basic passage planning and pilotage
  • Marine environment.

Day Skipper Course - Spring 2018
24th and 25th February
3rd and 4th March
17th and 18th March
24th March


RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory Course

These courses can be attended by those who have obtained an RYA Day Skipper (shorebased) certificate. The assumed knowledge is navigation to Day Skipper standard.

The course content will include:

  • Positioning
  • Magnetic compass (variation and deviation)
  • Tides and tidal streams (secondary ports and interpolation of tidal flow)
  • Buoyage and lights
  • Pilotage
  • GPS, chart plotters and echo sounders
  • Logs
  • Meteorology
  • Further collision regulations

The course is ideal for those with some coastal sailing experience who now wish to sail further from shore.

Certificates of Competence

ICC Boat Licence
We are authorised to assess the competence of operators of sailing yachts and motor vessels of any length for the ICC and sign their application to the RYA to indicate that they have passed the assessment.
On receipt of the Application Form signed by one of our assessors, the RYA will issue an ICC Boat Licence (International Certificate of Competence) for sailing yachts and motor vessels of any length on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). This certificate will allow you to helm these types of vessel abroad. It is not a universal license but is fast becoming the worldwide standard, for example it is not needed for helming these vessels in the UK, but still would help reduce your insurance costs.
The syllabus for the assessment is published in the
ICC Application form or candidates can purchase the RYA ICC Handbook to guide them through the requirements.
CLICK HERE for more information on the ICC from the RYA

The CEVNI Rules (Code Européen des Voies de la Navigation Intérieure) are applicable to most European inland navigable waterways.
For operators of pleasure craft cruising European inland waterways, we are authorised to carry out a CEVNI assessment test to check the skipper’s knowledge of the signs and rules and to sign their application to the RYA to indicate that they have successfully completed the CEVNI test.
CLICK HERE for more information on the CEVNI from the RYA
The key pages relating to obtaining a CEVNI endorsement are from Annex 3 onwards.

A copy of the current issue (Rev 5) of CEVNI may be downloaded from our website -
A copy of the Guide to the CEVNI Rules may be downloaded from our Website -
A copy of the YOSC PowerPoint training presentation be downloaded from our Website -

A copy of the ColRegs (International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea) 1972 incorporating the 2003 Amendments may be viewed and download from:
A copy of the January 2016 supplement to the ColRegs may be viewed and downloaded from:


RYA First Aid Course

Our First Aid course

Open to all who have an interest in safety aboard. The course will provide a working knowledge and aid ability to take the appropriate action in medical emergency situations, especially in remote locations.

The course also fulfill the requirements for skippers of small craft operating within 60 miles of a safe haven. The course is MCA and HSE approved.

On course completion attendees will be given the related RYA First Aid certificate. The certificate may also be used as a prerequisite for those wishing to take RYA Yachtmaster certificates of competence.

The course is recommended by the MCA.  CLICK HERE for the detailed syllabus

The subjects specific to boating include:

  • the recovery position in a confined space
  • CPR, including the drowning protocol
  • cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
  • seasickness and dehydration
  • medical assistance or advice by VHF
  • helicopter rescue

First Aid Course - Spring 2018

CHANGE OF DATE: Monday 19th and Thursday 22nd February at SSC starting promptly at 19:00.
Course Fee - £38.00 per Member/Family Member attending including RYA First Aid Manual.

This course is fully booked but if there is sufficient interest, we will run a second course on a Tuesday and Thursday evening in March


Fast First Aid Tips

CLICK HERE to learn some basic first aid skills - check out these fast first aid tips by the British Red Cross.
Copy and keep by your first aid kit on board or at home.

Basis and timing of the Courses

Theory Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster courses will generally be run over a number of concentrated weekends.

RYA First Aid courses will be run over two evenings (Monday and Thursday) from the YOSC base in Sandhurst.

Precise course dates will be set upon there being sufficient demand.

Club courses are run for the benefit of club members. For new members who attend one of our training courses within a year of joining our joining fee will be waived.

Full course payment needs to be made prior to course commencement.

New members to YOSC are very much welcome for both boat and non boat owners. There is every opportunity for new member non boat owners to joint one of our skippers on a YOSC rally.

RYA Certificate

Yateley Offshore Sailing Club is recognised as a training centre by the Royal Yachting Association to provide instruction for the following:

Theory Courses:
         Day Skipper Theory Course: Classroom
         Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Course: Classroom

Practical Courses:
           First Aid: Classroom

Click on the image to view the Certificate

Further Information on Training

Email: training@yosc.org.uk
Tel: 01276 31241

For membership information see under the “Join YOSC” link above or


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Last updated: 14 June 2018


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