Discounted Training for SCRA Members: VHF and Navigation/ 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.  We also need more rowers, coxes and umpires to be licensed VHF operators, with excellent radio etiquette.

With these goals in  mind, Scottish Coastal Rowing Association is pleased to be able to announce that RYA Training Centre “You & Sea”  are offering members of SCRA clubs  a special deal on the online RYA  Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course and an online VHF training course.  Members of SCRA clubs can enrol on the Essential Navigation and Seamanship course at the discounted rate of £115 per head.  The Course is delivered ONLINE, with the trainee working from home at their own pace. 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.  Essential Navigation and Seamanship is an RYA certificated course.  “You and Sea” 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 who can be contacted by e mail to assist the candidate with any aspect of the course.  An explanation of the course can be found on the RYA site:   . A certificate is issued on successful completion of the course.

The VHF online course is available at £60 per person.  In order to obtain the VHF personal license candidates will also have to sit an exam, which costs £60, payable at the time the exam is taken.

A code is required for the discounted price, and will be circulated to secretaries of SCRA member clubs. To enrol on a course email Euan C on

You & Sea also offer classroom courses, both at their base in Helensburgh and at venues throughout Scotland convenient for clubs.  They will offer a discount for these classroom options too.  Contact You & See directly if you would like to discuss attending a classroom course or bringing the classroom to your club.

SCRA would welcome feedback from members and hope that rowers benefit from these opportunities.

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