KEBC offer members and non members some very competitively priced courses every other year. These are usually bookable during the Winter break each year.


Whether you are new to the Club, new to boating or just need a refresher you’ll find the course for you in the list here.

They are organised and taught by Andy Thomson and the courses he’s run for the club in the past have always been very highly rated.

All the courses are run at Stokenham Village Hall.

A summary of each course with a brief overview of its content, duration and the cost in 2018/2019 are listed here.

Contact information will be shown here around the end of October 2020 to enable you to book a course for the Spring of 2021.

Course duration and location
Each course will run for one or more ‘sessions’ (three hours teaching plus time for coffee break). The schedule below assumes morning sessions (09:30 to 13:00). If there’s a majority for an afternoon (14:00 to 17:30) or evening (18:30 to 22:00) course then that may be possible if there’s a suitable hall available.

What’s in the inclusive price?
The quoted price is for club members and is for three students minimum. For non KEBC members the club asks for an additional £5 donation per person per course.

If the total number booked is less than three the course will either not be run or the cost per person may have to be increased slightly. The cost includes handouts, tea and coffee, loan of charts and navigation equipment and use of training radios as required.

Course content, date and cost

Know your local waters

Learn more about navigating in Salcombe Harbour and its surrounds using real charts and tidal information. Find how to give your position correctly in the event of an emergency. Work out how late you can leave it before running aground and try your hand at preparing a passage to Dartmouth and back. The price includes the loan of charts and navigating instruments.
Two sessions. Cost - £45 per person (Jan 2019).

VHF – choice of three courses

Mobile phones are better than nothing in an emergency at sea. However VHF radio has undoubted advantages and is by far the better option, especially outside Salcombe Harbour.

  • ‘Refresher’. If you hold the VHF Short Range Certificate but rarely, if ever, use your boat’s radio then you are not alone! Here’s a great way to update your knowledge and practise with real radios.
    Single session. Cost - £25 per person (Jan 2019).

  • ‘For your crew’. Many people, especially partners and spouses, don’t want to obtain the full VHF qualification. What they do want is enough knowledge to be able to use their boat’s radio in an emergency. Here’s a chance to learn the basics and practise with real radios.
    Single session. Cost - £25 per person (Jan 2019).

  • ‘VHF Short Range Certificate’. The course leads to the award of the RYA Short Range Certificate which allows you to use a marine VHF radio legally. For most people a two session classroom course together with some essential pre-course reading is the best approach. To obtain the certificate you must also take and pass an exam. The third session is for the exam.
    1½ days and the exam at the end. Cost - £55 per person. In addition you will have to pay £10.50 for the RYA student pack and the RYA charge of £60 for the exam and certificate cost shown are (Jan 2019).

Oh! Help, What Now…

You’ve got a problem; perhaps someone on board has been injured or fallen ill. Even worse - it could be you! Would you or your crew know what to do in an emergency? Here’s an opportunity to think about what to do and the appropriate equipment to carry on board. All the best skippers have contingency plans in mind to help them cope if the worst were to happen. Do you?!
Single session. Cost - £25 per person (Jan 2019).