Articles of interest

Proficiency in Security Awareness

The NEW online Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) course.

If you are employed or engaged on ship or yacht to which the ISPS code applies you will need the Proficiency in Security Awareness certificate. Gaining this certificate does not mean a trip to your nearest training centre with their limited training dates. There is a NEW online course. The online course has been written by Industry experts who are individually handpicked for their subject knowledge.

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Downwind sailing

Downwind Sailing Techniques using white sails only.

Downwind Sailing Techniques using white sails only.

The novice sailor might avoid sailing downwind and always opt for a broad reach. There comes a time when it is necessary to sail with the wind up your chuff! If you attend a RYA training course some techniques will be taught.  Read more

So you want to start yacht racing

So you want to start yacht racing!


So you want to start yacht racing!

So you want to start yacht racing. Whether you are an experienced sailor or have never set foot on a yacht before, you can start racing at any time. There are different types of races which you might wish to take part in. Each offers a different experience and needs a different skill and knowledge set. Read more

Joining your local sailing club

The top ten reasons to join your local sailing club.

So you want to learn to sail or know how to sail and would like to be out on the water more often. Join a local sailing club. Sailing and Yacht clubs around the World welcome new members and encourage children and adults alike to become active in using all the facilities on offer. There are many benefits to joining your nearest sailing club. Read more

Yachtmaster Prep

Why do the Yachtmaster prep training and are you ready?

So you think you are nearly ready to sit the Yachtmaster Offshore examination. Firstly, I would like to point out that there is no requirement that you do a Yachtmaster Prep course before you sit the Yachtmaster Offshore examination. The preparation course offered by most sail cruising training centres is not an official RYA course with a syllabus as such. It is an opportunity to get out on a yacht and practice before the examiner steps onboard. I did not attend a preparation course but I did have my own small 28-foot yacht with which to practice on.

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RYA changes to sail motor practical courses

Understanding the changes to the RYA Sail and Motor Practical Courses

Changes to the RYA Sail and Motor Practical Courses The RYA Training courses started in the UK and thus, all RYA sail and motor practical courses run on the coast were tidal. When chartering abroad became popular and people wanted to learn in the sunshine, the RYA started to approve centres abroad where there were […]

Superyacht Security Officer

Qualities & skills of a superyacht security officer

Top 5 Qualities & Skills of a Superyacht Security Officer. The Superyacht Security Officer needs to have many qualities to ensure the safety of the owners, their families, the crew and the vessel. The qualities and skills required for the various responsibilities are as follows:


Learning how to use a DSC VHF radio may save your life.

There is a great deal of confusion surrounding the use of the marine VHF radio. I often overhear people saying ‘my mobile phone is the best connection for me when I am at sea’, ‘the Coastguard do not listen to channel 16 anymore’, ‘I don’t understand how to use the DSC function on my set’ […]

Superyacht Security Awareness Course

5 Reasons for all crew to complete the NEW Superyacht Security Awareness Online Course

5 Reasons for all crew to complete the NEW Superyacht Security Awareness Online Course. If you are currently working on a superyacht to which the ISPS (International Ship & Port Facility Security) Code applies, you will already, have completed the MCA Accredited (STCW ISPS) Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) Training Course. It is a mandatory rule for all shipboard personnel.