Micky is our onsite RYA training instructor. Micky has over 25 years experience and has spent the majority of his boating career being a captain of super yachts in the med. He joined us in 2011 to look after our hire boat fleet and to set up the RYA centre. If you are a complete novice the IWHC is great course to do. It will give you a great deal of knowledge and confidence to explore more of the waterways around the country. Alternatively we can offer a few hours tuition on boat handling and mooring if you are just looking to brush up on your skills. Please find below a list of present courses currently available at York Marina.

If you would like to book on a course or speak to Micky please give the office a call on 01904 621021 alternatively drop us an e-mail using the enquiry form on the right. For pricing and syllabus information please Click Here. Our RYA School Boat Neptina:

RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Course (IWHC)

Cruising our network of inland waterways makes for a great holiday or way of life. Inland boats range from small cruisers to narrow boats and barges.

This course is for anyone wanting to cruise the UK’s inland waterways or Europe’s extensive network of lakes, rivers and canals. It deals specifically with the requirements of the inland boater, whether they be a narrow boat owner or cruiser enthusiast. It assumes no prior knowledge and so is ideal for the first timer, yet the more seasoned boater will learn plenty of tricks of the trade and tips to make their boating safer and more enjoyable.

It is a hands-on course with minimal theory, and is not only an opportunity to learn new skills but also a fun day out! This is a two day course and can be taken either on our own Jeanneau 695 ‘Neptina’ cruiser or on your own boat.

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RYA Marine VHF Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC

A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)  equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.

The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test. The SRC course and exam is undertaken in a classroom environment.

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