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Practical CoursesHelmsman’s courseDay Skipper PracticalCoastal Skipper PracticalPrivate tuition on your boatTheory CoursesCoastal NavigationRYA Day Skipper Theory BridgingRYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster TheorySafety & Sea SurvivalMarine Radio OperatorsRYA Diesel Engine Course

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Helmsman’s course

The Helmsman’s course is a two day practical introduction to motor cruising. It is ideal for the new owner/skipper who is conscious of the difficulty and potential hazards of boat handling in the marina and wishes to obtain more enjoyment for all concerned by setting out on simple passages in safety.

It is also a useful course for the crew. Apart from the obvious safety value of having extra boat handlers on board, it adds interest if everyone can understand and contribute to successful passage planning.

The overall aim is to inspire and build confidence while discovering the joys of motor cruising. No previous experience is required.

Syllabus

  • Preparation – safety equipment, boat preparation, knots & rope work
  • Boat handling – starting and stopping, steering & controls, low & high speed turns, securing to a buoy, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard.
  • Theory and background – types of craft, propulsion & considerations, engine checks & fuel consumption, safety & seamanship, basic rules of the road

When is this training held and how much does it cost?

This training is by arrangement. Please call on (03) 9699 9425 to determine your needs and discuss costs.

A deposit is required per person with booking form to confirm your position Note Terms & Conditions for Instruction on own vessel.

We accept cash, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Please note that cheques are not accepted. RYA logbook and certificate presented upon successful completion.

Day Skipper Practical

This four day course concentrates on skippering, navigation, pilotage and close quarters manoeuvring. The Day Skipper Practical (motor) course gives you a chance to take charge on short passages under instruction with advice and help from the instructor.

Over the four days you will cover at least 100 miles and carry out a night passage. Safety, problems and responsibilities of being in charge of a boat and how to cope with common difficulties will be introduced. There will be an opportunity to skipper the vessel on short passages. The night cruising passage has emphasis on leaving and entering a harbour, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.

By the end of the course you should be able to skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters by day. On successful completion the Day Skipper Practical (power) certificate will be awarded. Designed for tidal waters.

Two days experience on the water is required and it will be assumed you have basic theoretical knowledge of navigation to the Day Skipper Theory level.

Syllabus

  • Preparation – boat & engine checks, safety equipment.
  • Boat handling – handling in various conditions of wind & tide, turning in a confined space, securing to a buoy, anchoring in a pre-determined position, leaving and coming alongside, high speed work, power & trim tabs.
  • Navigation – plotting visual fixes, use of GPS, tidal heights & streams, course to steer, EP & DR, buoys & beacons, log & log keeping.
  • Pilotage -pilotage plans, clearing bearings & transits.
  • Passage making – passage making & navigation.
  • Meteorology – forecast sources & interpretation.
  • Rules of the road – knowledge & application of collision regulations .
  • Engines – Checks & maintenance, engine systems & trouble shooting.
  • Emergency situations – recovery of MOB, distress flares & emergency equipment, rescue procedures.
  • Night cruising – entering & departing port in darkness, pilotage techniques & buoyage identification.

How long is the course?

4 days live aboard. Students live on board the boat for the duration of the course as the boat sails around Port Phillip.

When is this training held and how much does it cost?

This training is by arrangement. Please call on (03) 9699 9425 to determine your needs and discuss costs.

A deposit is required per person with booking form to confirm your position Note Terms & Conditions for Instruction on own vessel.

We accept cash, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Please note that cheques are not accepted. RYA logbook and certificate presented upon successful completion.

Coastal Skipper Practical

The Coastal Skipper Practical (motor) course is for the more experienced. It covers pilotage, boat handling and adverse weather and is aimed at perfecting skills and techniques for coastal and offshore passages by day or night. The course consists of skippered passages by each of the students in a whole variety of situations.

Over the course you will log at least 100 miles and 4 night hours. There will be an opportunity to show ability as skipper – to take charge, make decisions, plan and implement passages, organise navigation, deckwork and domestic duties.

The minimum pre-course experience is 15 days on board (two as skipper), 300 sea miles and 8 night hours. It is assumed that your ability will be to Coastal Skipper Theory for navigation and Day Skipper Practical (motor) for boat handling.

Designed for tidal waters. On completion you should be able to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day or night. This course is suitable those who wish to go on to take the RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper examination.

Syllabus

  • Passage planning – relevant planning to enable a safe passage, fuel consumption in different conditions, customs procedures & requirements.
  • Preparation for sea – safety equipment requirements, skippers duties and responsibilities.
  • Pilotage -preparation of pilotage plan, pilotage by day & night.
  • Passage making & ability as skipper – managing the boat and crew, weather and navigation.
  • Radar – understanding and effective use.
  • Boat handling – handling effectively in all conditions, different berthing situations & techniques.
  • Adverse weather – preparation, handling and navigation.
  • Engines – Checks & maintenance, engine systems & trouble shooting.
  • Emergency situations – recovery of MOB, distress flares & emergency equipment, rescue procedures.
  • Emergency situations – MOB and emergency service rescue procedures.

How long is the course?

5 days live aboard.

When is this training held and how much does it cost?

This training is by arrangement. Please call on (03) 9699 9425 to determine your needs and discuss costs.

A deposit is required per person with booking form to confirm your position Note Terms & Conditions for Instruction on own vessel.

We accept cash, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Please note that cheques are not accepted. RYA logbook and certificate presented upon successful completion.

Private tuition on your boat

Yachtmaster Motor School offers motor cruising or power boating instruction on your own boat. There are many benefits with using your own boat for instruction, not the least of which, is the flexibility in terms of dates, location and training format and it also enables you to learn at your own pace.

Our instructors have significant experience of a wide range of yachts, motor cruisers and power boats, and they will soon build your confidence and maximise your enjoyment on the water. Available all year round, demand is high among motor cruiser owners for the skills to be able to use their boat safely and to its full potential. We have various options available:

  • RYA certificate course
  • Marina boat handling
  • New skipper/owner training
  • Crew/Race training
  • Full or half day boat handling
  • Specially designed for your needs

All training is conducted by an experienced RYA instructor onboard your own boat, so please call or email Yachtmaster Motor School to discuss dates that are suitable for you.

RYA certificate course

Our instructors will come aboard your boat and teach the appropriate level of RYA practical certificate course for your level of knowledge (check the minimum requirements for each level to ensure you have appropriate knowledge). RYA Motor Cruising courses run between two and five days live aboard.

Marina boat handling

With training and some practice, you can impress with your boat handling skills. Learn to resolve that difficult berthing situation and handle your boat with confidence and style.

New skipper/owner training

Specially designed for the needs of a new skipper/owner of a motor cruiser. Our qualified instructors will guide you through the early stages of ownership enabling you to expand your abilities in a safe environment and to use your boat to its full potential.

We teach owners and skippers to understand what is important and what is not. But without proper training a motor cruiser or power boat in the wrong hands can be extremely dangerous, much of the training is about safety as well as driving the boat effectively in a marina and at speed out at sea.

Crew/Race Training

Crew training courses are designed to help you get the best out of your crew. Knowledge empowers people and will promote harmony aboard your motor cruiser when coming along side in a marina, when anchoring or when picking up a mooring buoy. Your crew will learn how to: tie bends and hitches; lasso a cleat or mooring buoy; deploy and set an anchor; use a dinghy; tide tables and pilot books.

Full or half day boat handling

Our full or half day boat handling courses are perfect for owners who require coaching in specific areas or who want to brush up on competencies and knowledge that is rusty or who wish to fine tune their abilities.

Some areas of instruction worth considering may include: boat handling, marina boat handling, passage making, pilotage, anchoring, or picking up a mooring buoy. We can teach or refresh your memory on the most effective ways to safely manoeuvre your motor cruiser.

Training, knowledge and confidence can create capable and personable skippers. Learn to manoeuvre your motor cruiser, become more confident in high winds or strong tides, and a pleasure to be at sea with at all times.

Specially designed for your needs

Yachtmaster Motor School can design an instructional package to suit your individual needs. Please call to discuss your requirements.

How much does it cost?

Refer to dates and prices for the most current information. Please call on (03) 9699 9425 to confirm dates.

A deposit is required per person with booking form to confirm your position (see booking form for terms and conditions on own vessel).

We accept cash, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Please note that cheques are not accepted.

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Coastal Navigation

An entry level navigation course designed to give you a firm foundation in practical navigation and seamanship. The course covers traditional skills such as buoyage, tides and passage planning as well as the latest in GPS and electronic systems.

This course can lead toward the RYA Day Skipper Theory certificate with a bridging course that involves an extra two days and an evening exam.

Syllabus

  • Chart information and symbols
  • Publications
  • Use of navigation instruments
  • Chart work
  • Variation deviation
  • Lights
  • Hazards
  • Taking and plotting fixes
  • Tidal calculation
  • Satellite navigation – GPS
  • Safety procedures

 

What do I bring?

Parallels*
Dividers*
Chart 143*
Two soft 2B pencils
Pencil sharpener
Eraser
Note pad and pens

* Can be pre-ordered and supplied on the day, please phone to order.

How long is the course?

7 x 2 hours via Holmesglen TAFE. Four terms per year to book call 9564 1890.
Or 2 full days 9:30am to 4:30pm run twice per year Please call on (03) 9699 9425 to confirm dates.

How much does it cost?

Refer to dates and prices for the most current information. Please call on (03) 9699 9425 to confirm dates.

A deposit is required per person with a booking form to confirm your position (see booking form for terms and conditions on own vessel).

We accept cash, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Please note that cheques are not accepted.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Bridging

This course is only available to those who have completed the Coastal Navigation course. This is a bridging course that builds on the knowledge already gained in the Coastal Navigation course and involves an extra two days and an evening exam.

This course will give you all of the navigation and theoretical knowledge required moving on towards Day Skipper Practical course and the Day Skipper qualification.

Syllabus

  • Nautical terms and seamanship
  • Safety and environment
  • Course shaping and passage planning
  • Coastal navigation and pilotage covering chart work
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Navigational charts & publications
  • How to navigate with restricted visibility

What do I bring?

Parallels*
Dividers*
Two soft 2B pencils
Pencil sharpener
Eraser
Note pad and pens

* Can be pre-ordered and supplied on the day, please phone for details.

How long is the course?

The course involves two days 9:30am – 4:30pm classroom theory and an evening exam.

How much does it cost?

Refer to dates and prices for the most current information. Please call on (03) 9699 9425 to confirm dates.

A deposit is required per person with a booking form to confirm your position (see booking form for terms and conditions on own vessel).

We accept cash, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Please note that cheques are not accepted.

RYA logbook and Day Skipper Theory certificate presented upon successful completion of exam.

RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory

This is an advanced navigation course for those who wish to take the Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. We assume that you are already qualified as a Day Skipper and although there is some time set aside for the revision of subjects covered in the elementary course you should arrive with a good understanding of the basics.

Previous experience necessary: This course assumes that you are a qualified Day Skipper or have equivalent experience.

On this course you will cover more complex aspects of navigation at sea including how to work out secondary tidal heights, position fixing, navigating in restricted visibility, passage planning and the capabilities and limitations of electronic navigation aids.

Syllabus

  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Compass swinging
  • Nautical terms
  • Emergencies – safety equipment, towing
  • Tides and currents
  • Lights
  • Pilotage
  • Navigation with restricted visibility
  • GPS & chart plotters
  • Echo sounders & logs
  • Passage planning
  • Safety at sea
  • Meteorology

What do I bring?

Parallels*
Dividers*
Two soft 2B pencils
Pencil sharpener
Eraser
Note pad and pens

* Can be pre-ordered and supplied on the day, please phone for details.

How long is the course?

The course involves five days classroom theory, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

How much does it cost?

Refer to dates and prices for the most current information. Please call on (03) 9699 9425 to confirm dates.

A deposit is required per person with a booking form to confirm your position (see booking form for terms and conditions on own vessel).

We accept cash, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Please note that cheques are not accepted.

RYA logbook and certificate presented upon successful completion of exam.

YA Safety & Sea Survival Course

This course is essential for anyone taking to the seas, whether on a motor or sailing vessel. SSSC will teach you how to go about preparing to go to sea, emergency procedures, safety equipment, life-saving signals, handling heavy weather and choosing the most suitable life jacket or buoyancy aid. It also provides in-depth advice and information on safety and survival skills required at sea.

SSSC is required by 50% of yacht crew for offshore racing. As stated in the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2001-2004: “50% of the crew, including the skipper, shall have undertaken training and received a Certificate of Competence… in YA Safety and Sea Survival… which shall be valid for five (5) years”.

“From the evidence of the survivors of the yacht ‘WINSTON CHURCHILL’ and the tests conducted by the NSW Water Police… it is indisputable that trained crew have a greater likelihood of survival than untrained crew” Coroner Abernathy-Inquest Into the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Syllabus

  • Use of life raft
  • Survival in the water
  • Helicopter rescue drills
  • Practical use of flares
  • Meteorology
  • Search and rescue systems
  • Damage control
  • Man overboard prevention and recovery
  • Heavy weather seamanship – crew routines, boat handling, drogues
  • Fire fighting techniques

What do I bring?

Racing Rules of Sailing (Blue Book)
Change of clothes
PFD 1 life jacket with crutch strap
Safety harness with crutch strap and tether
Note pad and biro
Offshore wet weather gear including sea boots (what you wear while sailing offshore)

How long is the course?

Two full days, 9:30am to 4:30pm. Exam on last day of the course.

How much does it cost?

Refer to dates and prices for the most current information. Please call on (03) 9699 9425 to confirm dates.

A deposit is required per person with a booking form to confirm your position (see booking form for terms and conditions on own vessel).

We accept cash, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Please note that cheques are not accepted.

YA registration issued on successful completion of exam.

Marine Radio Operators

This course will cover all facets of the Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP). This certificate is required to operate a marine VHF (Very High Frequency) or HF (High Frequency) set as used on boats, both power and sail. VHF and HF radios are the only reliable forms of marine communications available and to use these radios a licence is required. The course will cover both licences.

Syllabus

  • Rules and regulations
  • Correct procedure for distress and urgency calling
  • Radio demonstrations
  • Problems and trouble-shooting
  • Radio procedures
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)

What do I bring?

Note pad and pens
A passport photo (for the licence)

The Marine Operators Handbook and course notes are included in the course fee and will be sent to you when payment is received.
We recommend study of these prior to the commencement of the course.

How long is the course?

2 x 3 hour theory, including exam.

How much does it cost?

Refer to dates and prices for the most current information. Please call on (03) 9699 9425 to confirm dates.

A deposit is required per person with a booking form to confirm your position (see booking form for terms and conditions on own vessel).

We accept cash, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Please note that cheques are not accepted.

RYA Diesel Engine Course

The aim of this course is to prevent machinery breakdown at sea. Volunteer Marine Rescue groups tell us that the main reasons for call outs to sail and powerboats is machinery failure.

If you do have mechanical problems this course will teach you how to get going again and how to use preventative maintenance to minimize problems at sea. Having diesel experience is a valuable addition to your skills and greatly enhances your value as a crew member.

Syllabus
  • Identifying key parts of a marine diesel engine
  • Understand a four stroke engine
  • Fuel systems and problem solving
  • Cooling systems, pumps and impellers
  • Air systems
  • Engine electrical systems
  • Checklists and spare parts
  • Lubrication and servicing
  • Faultfinding

What do I bring?

Bring your RYA Sail/Power logbooks, note pad and pens. You will be issued with an RYA Diesel Engine Course book.

How long is the course?

1 day, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

When are the courses held?

See dates for courses.

How much does it cost?

Refer to dates and prices for the most current information. Please call on (03) 9699 9425 to confirm dates.

A deposit is required per person with a booking form to confirm your position (see booking form for terms and conditions on own vessel).

We accept cash, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Please note that cheques are not accepted.

On satisfactory completion you will be issued an RYA Diesel Engine Certificate.