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RYA/MCA Short Range Radio (VHF) Saturday 2nd December – Get the official VHF Marine Radio Operator’s Licence needed to operate voluntarily installed and handheld VHF radios on leisure craft - £60 Members/£75 Non-Members (plus RYA Assessment Fee - currently £60)

For further information just click on the course title above. 

For information on booking your SYC course click here.   

RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shore-based Courses

Are you interested in the RYA Day Skipper or RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory courses?  We had to cancel our planned Yachtmaster Offshore classroom-based course as we were one person short to make the course viable.  These  are difficult courses to organise because of booking an instructor and fixing dates over 5-6 days or equivalent.  We are now operating a waiting list so let the SYC Training Officer know if you are interested in the classroom-based option.

New Online Option!! We can also currently offer the RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory course online. This is a very flexible way to learn anywhere and at any time which includes a fully interactive computer/Ipad/Smartphone-based course, all course materials and full access to a Yachtmaster Instructor throughout the course.  Each course costs just £225 for SYC members (normal price £295) and is available for 12 months after registration.  At least two people are needed to qualify for the discounted rate (each can study a different course).  Please contact the SYC Training Officer if you are interested in the online option.

 

Are you over 16 years old and interested in becoming an RYA Dinghy Instructor?
 
We’re now booking places for the Dinghy Instructor course on 23rd-27th October at Starcross Yacht Club.
 
To qualify for this course you should be an advanced sailor and have passed a RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Entry Assessment which remains valid for 12 months.  We’re holding an assessment day on Saturday 16th September which you’re invited to join.  If you’ve already successfully completed an assessment it must still be valid on 23rd October 2017 (the start of the Dinghy Instructor course).
 
You will also need to have an in-date First Aid certificate recognised by the RYA (certificates are valid for three years); the RYA Powerboat Handling (Level 2) coastal certificate; and have completed the online RYA Safe and Fun safeguarding course (which takes about three hours to complete).    
 
For further information, please contact Tony Kearsey (SYC Training Officer).

Read on if you'd like to equip yourself with the confidence and skills to set out on your own kayaking adventures…

Two one-day courses have been arranged by Tony Kearsey for 22nd April and 22nd July.  Each course will cover basic techniques, safety and how to plan your trip according to tide and weather.  You can either use your own kayak or borrow one and there will be buoyancy aids and wetsuits available if required.

The Exe estuary is a wonderful place to paddle and if you want to widen your skills and safety knowledge to take you further away from the club - click here!

A Coastal Safety talk by Graham Nye
(Station Manager of the National Coastwatch Institution station at Exmouth)
Thursday 9 November at 7.30pm - Bar open!

All those of us who venture out past channel buoy no. 10 opposite Exmouth's Harbour View Café have reason to be grateful to the NCI volunteers keeping watch from the tower above the café

The National Coastwatch Institution is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores. Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline. Currently 50 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2000 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles, from Rossall Point in the North West, through Wales to Wearside in the North East.

Apart from Exmouth, there are stations locally at Brixham, Torquay, Teignmouth, Charmouth, Bridport and Portland Bill.

Exmouth Coastwatch Tower (just left of centre)

Whilst high technology and sophisticated systems are aids to improved safety, a computer cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat or a yachtsman or fisherman in trouble. Other vulnerable activities like diving, wind surfing and canoeing are made safer with visual surveillance.

Read more: Nautical Natters: National Coastwatch

RNLI Coastal Safety talk including a FREE Lifejacket Check  – Thursday 11th May at 7.30pm
Are you ready to go afloat? The RNLI will be coming to SYC to talk about all things coastal safety including recent incidents and video footage we can all learn from.  Please let Tony Kearsey know If you’re planning to come and want a free lifejacket check, as this will help in planning the evening.  Bar open!

Nautical Natters is a new series of informal evening events for all Club members arranged by SYC Training Officer Tony Kearsey. As an extra incentive to attend this event, you’ll be able to have your lifejacket checked too!

  • Every autumn (2017 date t.b.a.) SYC organises a Sunday morning Pursuit Race with all entry fees and other donations going to the RNLI. There is also a merchandise stall selling gifts and Christmas cards for RNLI funds. Why not make a note to call in at the Club on that Sunday and help us support this very worthwhile charity?

My New Year Resolution 2017:  Learn a new boating skill! 

This year is set to be very busy with lots of training available for members whether you’re a beginner, a rusty sailor (you may have been in the water a while but not moving?!) or looking to advance your skills to a higher level.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the SYC Training Survey.   We had a massive response.  We’ve designed our training offer based on what you told us.  Not only that, we’ve done our level best to give members the best prices on training we can - offering big reductions on the price you’d pay at other centres. 

Read more: Get Training at SYC!

In March we launch our new Nautical Natters series in the Clubhouse.  These bi-monthly events on Thursday evenings are free and will cover a range of topics.  Not only that, but the Bar will be open too!

Get the first two dates in your diaries:

  • Thursday 9th March (7pm to 9.30pm) - Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 – come and learn about the racing rules, including the changes introduced for this year, from Mike Johnson, the RYA’s Regional Race Management Co-ordinator.  Stay one step ahead of your competitors! You’ll even be able to buy your own copy of the latest edition of the Racing Rules!
Read more: Let’s talk Nautical Natters!

SYC is an RYA approved dinghy and power boat training centre

We’re always looking for volunteers to help with training. There are many roles where we need help whether it’s launching and recovering boats, providing safety cover or teaching.

There are several different types of volunteer we need:

  • Helper
    You may be asked to help with a variety of tasks depending on your skills and experience. This could be from helping on the shore with launching and recovering boats, providing safety cover, administration or helping with sailing if you’re a very experienced sailor.
  • Assistant Instructor
    As an Assistant Instructor (AI) you would assist with teaching under supervision of a RYA Senior Instructor. An AI understands the RYA teaching method, offer general help and helm dinghies with students on board. Assistant Instructors are trained by a RYA Senior Instructor and appointed by the RYA Training Centre Principal to work at SYC only.
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor
    A RYA Dinghy Instructor (DI) is an experienced sailor who has undergone formal training and assessment by an independent RYA Coach/Assessor. The DI course covers a wide range of topics from the RYA Method to teaching different age groups and abilities in a variety of situations. This is a nationally and internationally transferable qualification with further endorsements available for teaching multihulls, keelboats and racing for beginners.
  • RYA Advanced Dinghy Instructor
    A RYA Advanced Dinghy Instructor (ADI) is a DI trained to deliver performance sailing courses including spinnaker and trapeze skills.
  • RYA Senior Instructor
    A RYA Senior Instructor (SI) is qualified to organise and control group sailing tuition and to supervise and assist instructors. A SI has undergone formal training and assessment by at least two independent RYA Coach/Assessors.
  • RYA Race Coach Level 2
    A RYA Level 2 Racing Coach is a good club racer with personal knowledge of club and/or regional racing and a broad basis of coaching skills. They are able to deliver and award RYA Start, Intermediate and Advanced Racing courses where appropriate, working at RYA affiliated clubs or training centres.
  • RYA Powerboat Instructor
    A RYA Powerboat Instructor (PBI) is a competent, experienced powerboat driver who has been trained to teach up to Powerboat Level 2 under the supervision of the Principal or Powerboat Chief Instructor. A PBI can also teach the RYA Safety Boat course if they hold the RYA Safety Boat certificate.
  • Other
    We’re also interested in British Canoeing and British Stand-Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) qualified instructors to support our kayak and canoe section.

Next steps
If you’re interested in helping with training at SYC please contact the SYC Training Officer to discuss the options, including opportunities to train as an instructor and revalidate lapsed qualifications.

Financial assistance from the Exe Regatta Project Fund may be available to members who volunteer with training and want to improve their qualifications.  You can find further information about how to claim and application forms on the Exe Regatta website.

 

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