Essential Navigation and Seamanship


Seamanship and Navigation are important skills for Coastal Rowers to develop.  Although inland rowers can get by with an understanding of good rowing technique, for safe and fulfilling enjoyment of our sport skiffies will do well to develop an understanding of the sea.  This is particularly so as we start to range further in training, racing and recreation.

With this in mind, Scottish Coastal Rowing Association is pleased to be able to announce that the SportScotland National Centre, Cumbrae is offering a special deal on the RYA online Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course.  Members of SCRA clubs can enrol on the course at the discounted rate of £55 per head.  The Course is delivered ONLINE, with the trainee working from home at their own pace.

Essential Navigation and Seamanship is an RYA certificated course.  The Centre will provide course materials by post for members to work on, as well as access to the online materials, tutorials and test and the service of a tutor at the centre who can be contacted to assist the candidate with any aspect of the course.  An explanation of the course can be found on the RYA site: http://www.ryainteractive.org/course/view.php?id=491  . A certificate is issued on successful completion of the course.

The course content includes charts and publications,  safety,  buoyage, tidal awareness, visual and electronic navigation, pilotage, rules of the road,   anchoring,  weather forecasts and passage planning.

A code is required for the discounted price, and will be circulated to secretaries of SCRA member clubs.  Once they have the code, candidates should contact  the National Centre Cumbrae at cumbraecentre@sportscotland.org.uk or 01475530757.

They will be given a ‘key’ to access the on line RYA programme and a centre contact who will act as their tutor when required.

SCRA would welcome feedback from members and hope that rowers benefit from this opportunity.

 

  • Sandy

    I have not attended a course at Cumbrae, too old, but various members of my family have and they have all greatly benefited from the experience.  The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly and they also look after Cumbrae, our skiff!