VHF Short Range Certificate Course March 1st and March 2nd 2018

Andy Thomson will be teaching a VHF Short Range Certificate Course on the afternoon of Thursday March 1st starting at 14:00 and morning of Friday March 2nd starting at 09:00.

The exam will be the afternoon of March 2nd starting at 14:00.
Teaching will be at my house in Stokenham if numbers don't exceed four people.
Currently two KEBC members are booked on it so there are two vacancies.
If numbers go over four I will move the course to a village hall in the area.

The course duration and timing are designed to suit people who want a little more than the absolute minimum. It is a well proven format and particularly suits more mature students who find a single day course followed that evening by the exam to be too intensive. By splitting it attendees get two benefits.

  1. First is much more time to think about the course material and the overnight break in the teaching facilitates this.
  2. Second is a huge benefit to most people because it allows them to have much more time to practice using radios and getting to understand the correct procedures.

Cost to club members is £80 plus £10.50 for the RYA course pack and £60 payable to the RYA for the exam and issuing the certificate.

Andy Thomson can be reached at

Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club has, for the last few years, run winter season training courses in partnership with Andy Thomson of the Devon School of Navigation.

Whether you are new to the Club, new to boating or just need a refresher we want to understand what you require so that we can concentrate our efforts on organising those courses.  For 2017, we anticipate running Navigation and VHF courses, which have been highly successful in the past and new for 2017 we intend to offer a First Aid Course run by the British Red Cross.

Only the first aid course will be subject to minimum number of delegates, for the rest we are able to cater for much smaller groups (the minimum charge will be for just two attendees) than previous years.  Please take a few minutes to read through the summary of training topics shown below and, if you are interested in any of the courses, please let me know by email to:
Please state your preference for a daytime or evening course or if you could do either.

Once we have your feedback, we will put together a package of full details, course dates and booking form.

Details of courses

The Instructor for all except First Aid will be Andy Thomson who runs the Devon School of Navigation from Frogmore. All Andy’s courses will be taught in Frogmore. This arrangement allows us to run evening or daytime courses and be far more flexible in numbers, scheduling and arrangements.

Know your local waters

This popular and proven course has two aims:
To help you understand and work with charts and tides in our waters and
To be able to tell someone your position if you need to call for help.
This six hour course is normally split into two three-hour sessions and includes the loan of charts and instruments. It provides the base level of navigation required for the VHF course.
Cost £35 per person. (£50pp for a small group of 2 to 4) plus small charge for hand-outs.

VHF Licence Course with some pre-course self study

The course leads to the award of the RYA Short Range Certificate which allows you to use marine VHF radios including Digital Selective Calling (DSC). This is now the preferred way to make a distress call. The course covers all aspects of marine VHF usage and includes ‘hands on’ practice with VHF radios and computer simulators.       
It can be run during the daytime or evening as three three-hour sessions plus about three hours of essential pre-course work. It is unlikely that you will pass the course if you skip this and you’ll be tested when the course starts!
Cost is £55 per person (£65pp for a small group of 2 to 4). In addition you’ll need to pay for the RYA’s student pack, examination and certificate fee (currently £70 per person for both).

VHF Licence Course fully taught

This course adds a fourth session. The only difference is that the fourth session replaces the pre-course work and this is very popular with those who prefer a fully taught course. It is best run as a two day (9.30am to 5pm) course.
Cost is £73 per person (£85pp for a small group of 2 to 4) and the same RYA charges apply

VHF ‘Refresher’ and ‘For your crew’ courses.

The Refresher is ideal if, like many people, you have an SRC but rarely use your radio. It will brush up your VHF procedures, bring you up to date and give you some radio practice.  
‘For Your Crew’ is for people who normally crew a boat, who want to know enough to be able to use a VHF radio if it were necessary and whose skipper has a SRC. It covers the basics of using marine VHF and includes lots of radio practice.
These three hour courses can be run during the day or the evening. Neither course leads to a recognised certificate and there is no assessment.
Cost is £20 per person. (£25 pp small group of 2 to 4).

Oh! Help, What now… 

What if you suddenly have a major boat problem, perhaps someone on board has been injured or fallen ill… or worse it could be you!
Would you or your crew know what to do in an emergency?
This course is designed to make you think and familiarise you with the right procedures.
All the best skippers have contingency plans in mind to help them cope. Do you?!
This six hour course is normally split into two three-hour sessions.
Cost £35 per person. (£50pp for a small group of 2 to 4) plus small charge for hand-outs.

First Aid

This course covers many aspects of general first aid procedures.  Would you know what to do when faced with an injury or illness on board your boat?

The course is run by a British Red Cross Trainer and lasts for 3½ hours.  You don't need to have any previous experience just a willingness to learn and take part in practical exercises which will build your confidence when dealing with emergency scenarios.
Cost is £35 per person

Contact the secretary    for more information or help