RYA Theory Courses
Theory Courses Majorca
RYA Theory Courses – updated 15 February 2023.
For sailors who are looking to improve their theoretical knowledge of sailing and navigation, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) offers a range of theory courses in Majorca. These courses cover a variety of topics, from essential navigation and seamanship to advanced celestial navigation, and are designed to help sailors gain the knowledge and skills they need to navigate safely and confidently on the water.
Online training & reading
There are plenty of places online where you can do these courses; however, many people prefer the classroom environment learning with others. There are also many publications, which will help you study for and pass the RYA theory parts of these courses such as: RYA Navigation Handbook, RYA Navigation Exercises, RYA Weather Handbook, RYA Sail Cruising Logbook, RYA Motor Cruising Logbook, RYA Manual of Seamanship by Tom Cunliffe, Seaman’s Guide to the Rule of the Road by JWW Ford and Yachtmaster for Sail and Power by Alison Noice.
Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course
One of the most popular RYA theory courses in Majorca is the Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course. This course covers the basics of navigation, including charts, tidal heights, and buoyage. It also covers essential seamanship skills, such as knots, ropes, and safety on board. The course is ideal for sailors who are new to sailing or who want to refresh their knowledge of basic navigation and seamanship.
This two-day theory course offers a really good introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew and is also for those simply wanting to refresh their skills for sailing, motor and powerboating. It can also be used to compliment the Powerboat (Level 2, Intermediate and Advanced), Start Yachting, Helmsman and Day Skipper courses.
Navigation for Day Skipper Course
For sailors who want to take their navigation skills to the next level, the Navigation for Day Skipper Course is an excellent option. This course covers the theory and practice of navigation, including position fixing, course shaping, and passage planning. It also covers advanced topics such as meteorology, collision regulations, and electronic navigation. The course is designed for sailors who want to become competent day skippers and is an essential step towards the Day Skipper practical course.
This Day Skipper Theory course is a comprehensive introduction to sail or motor cruising for inexperienced skippers and equips you with sufficient knowledge to navigate within familiar waters by day. This can either be a stand-alone 5-day course or supplement the Day Skipper Sail and Motor practical week.
Yachtmaster / Coastal Skipper Course
The Yachtmaster / Coastal Skipper Course is another important RYA theory course in Majorca. This course covers the theory and practice of navigation and seamanship at an advanced level. It is designed for sailors who want to become Yachtmaster or Coastal Skipper certified and covers a range of topics, including advanced navigation, meteorology, and collision regulations. The course is an essential step towards the Yachtmaster practical course and is ideal for sailors who want to take their skills to the highest level.
This six-day Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper Course is advanced training for more experienced skippers wanting to learn how to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. The course starts with a revision of the basics in navigation theory and quickly moves on to advanced navigation, meteorology, collision avoidance, safety at sea and passage planning. This course provides theory knowledge to the standard required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams.
Yachtmaster Ocean – Celestial Navigation Course
Finally, the Yachtmaster Ocean – Celestial Navigation Course is an advanced RYA theory course in Majorca. This course covers the theory and practice of celestial navigation, including using the stars, planets, and other celestial bodies to determine position at sea. It is designed for sailors who want to become Yachtmaster Ocean certified and is an essential step towards the Yachtmaster Ocean practical course. The course covers a range of topics, including sextant use, celestial navigation software, and emergency navigation.
A course in Astronavigation, worldwide meteorology and passage planning, which also unravels the mysteries of the sextant. This advanced course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising and is ideal for holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate who are preparing for their first ocean passage. This course involves Astronavigation, ocean passage making, worldwide meteorology and electronic navigation aids – it also includes time learning the practical application of a sextant. Note: If you are working towards your Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, completion of this shore-based course exempts you from the written exam.
In conclusion, the RYA theory courses in Majorca offer sailors the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills they need to navigate safely and confidently on the water. Whether you are looking to improve your basic navigation and seamanship skills or become an advanced Yachtmaster Ocean navigator, there is a course to suit your needs. So why not take the plunge and sign up for a course today? Your theoretical knowledge of sailing and navigation will be greatly enhanced.