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ScotSail® Help 2016 - Frequently Asked Questions

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Sailing Questions
What do I need to bring with me?
What time do I arrive for my course?
Where do we sleep / eat? Do we return to base every night?
Are there toilets and showers on-board your boats?
Where do we sail?
What will the food be like?

Will It be cold?

What will the weather be like? *New!

Will I get seasick?

What if I have special dietary / health needs?
Will I be safe on-board?

Can I charter a yacht from you?

 

PowerBoat Questions
What do I need to bring with me?
What time do I arrive for my course?
Are there toilets on-board your boats?
Where do we go?
Are there places to stay locally?
Will I be safe on-board?

 

Shorebased Questions
What do I need to bring with me?
What time do I arrive for my course?
Are there toilets & eating facilities?

Can I Do An Online Theory Course?

 

General & Booking Questions

What kind of boats do you have in your fleet?

How do I choose which course is right for me? *New!


What ages are the other people likely to be?

Will the others know each other already if I come alone?

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What Navigation Knowledge Do I Need?

What is the I.C.C. - and how do I get one?

 

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What do I need to bring with me?


Hold-All / Soft Baggage

A Sleeping Bag / Bedding + Pillow

Toiletries & Towel

A Range of Clothing for Warm & Cold

Sun-Hat or Warm Hat

Suncream (Summer & Winter)

Sunglasses (Summer & Winter)

T-Shirts & Shorts

Soft-Soled Shoes / Trainers

'Wellington' Style Boots (weather dependent)

Gloves (Winter)

Any Wet Weather Clothing You Have

Passport-Sized Photograph (Day / Coastal Skipper Only)

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What time do I arrive for my course?

 

For 5 Days/Nights Mon-Fri RYA Sailing Courses / Experiences: Check-In / Arrival time is 1800hrs on the Sunday evening before your course commences.  You can expect to be able to depart for around 1500hrs on the Friday afternoon of return.

 

For 2 Days/Nights Sat/Sun RYA Sailing Courses / Experiences: Check-In / Arrival time is 1800hrs on the Friday evening before your course commences.   You can expect to be able to depart for around 1500hrs on the Sunday afternoon of return.

 

Always check your booking confirmation e-mail / invoice document in case your particular check-in / arrival time is slightly different to the standard times above.

 

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Where do we sleep / eat? Do we return to base every night?


During RYA practical sailing courses you will spend each night on-board, in cabins.  All meals, snacks and drinks are provided and are eaten on-board.  Of course, customers may also choose to take advantage of the many bars and restaurants to be found at the various islands, marinas and ports in our sailing area.

 

We generally do not return to our main operating base every day / night.  Once you have departed, each day will be spent travelling to a different location, to stay overnight, before returning to the centre on the final day for debriefing, marking and stamping of logbooks, and issuing RYA Certificates.

 

One night will normally be spent conducting a night-sail passage, for you to experience pilotage using relevant lights, and to let you experience how to tie-up safely in the dark.

 

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Are there toilets and showers on-board your boats?


All our sailing yachts are equipped with toilets and showers with hot / cold water.  Some of our yachts have up to three separate bathrooms - known as 'heads' - and some are en-suite, but most have just one or two which is quite sufficient for the number of persons on-board.

 

In addition to the on-board facilities, your group may elect to travel and stay at certain marinas / islands where there are shorebased toilets / showers / facilities etc. Operators of these facilities may levy a small charge for the use of these facilities (perhaps £4-£5 each), which is normally agreed on and shared between your group.

 

We encourage all our customers to support local service providers in these rural and island communities, wherever possible, if they do choose to visit such places on their RYA course.

 

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Where do we sail?

   

 

Our sailing area is the Firth of Clyde & Islands, on the West Coast of Scotland.  Whilst we do not have any set route-plans, because each RYA Course experience is a unique passage, we do have some excellent training waters surrounded by stunning scenery and sea-life.

 

Typical destinations in our sailing area include Isle of Arran, Isle of Bute, Great Cumbrae Island, Kyles of Bute, Colintraive, Portavadie, Tarbert, The Holy Loch, Inverkip, and even further Northwards in the Clyde up to Loch Long.

 

Sometimes we travel to The Gare Loch where there can be some very interesting marine traffic - this area is also used to host Operation Joint Warror, where every year International Naval Forces join in maritime exercises - submarines, frigates and battleships are regular sights during this time.

 

 

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What will the food be like?

 

All meals, snacks and drinks on-board during practical sail cruising course-days are provided as part of your course-fee.   In practice, we do not choose the food items for you in advance - our RYA Course Instructors are provided with cash and a receipt-book, or a company credit-card, to allow you to make your own choices about what on-board meals and foodstuffs you want.

 

With your Instructors' guidance, you will make a list of the items you wish to have, and send a crew-member to collect and pay for these items using the ScotSail®-supplied funds.    Further purchases can be made from local suppliers in the sailing area as the quality is excellent and it helps to support rural and island economies.

 

It is in this way that we can cater for differing tastes and dietary requirements.    In some cases, doing this shopping - known as 'victualling' is actually part of the RYA Course Syllabus as it teaches good practice about carrying appropriate supplies on-board, and how to prepare meals using the kitchen (or 'galley') facilities safely, whilst at sea.

 

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Will It Be Cold?

 

All our Sailing Yachts have warm, comfy cabins and sitting areas, and are fully equipped with both electric and marine heating systems to keep you warm, cosy and dry when the weather is cold.

 

During the summer it can be stuffy and warm at night when on-board, and the cabins are equipped with opening hatches and windows to keep cool, fresh air flowing in.    During colder weather, the modern heating systems are a welcome addition (that not every RYA Sailing School provides) - especially after a brisk day's sailing in the early season!

LEFT: Double Berth  |  RIGHT: Toilet & Shower

 

 

In Feb/March 2013 we experienced cold temperatures, but sailing still went ahead as planned and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely and feedback was excellent - wrapped-up when out on deck, and warm and cosy down-below at night.  During much warmer Spring and Summer months, it is common to eat the evening meal and drinks outside on deck.

A May Dinner on a ScotSail® RYA Course

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What Will The Weather Be Like?

   

 

As our Sailing Area sits on the Gulf Stream, the weather and temperature on the West Coast of Scotland can vary from high winds, rain and cold temperatures in the Winter season (Nov-Feb), to windless days with over 25°C heat in the Spring/Summer.    Whilst we are open 12-months, our RYA Practical Sail Cruising courses operate exclusively in Spring/Summer/Autumn from Mid-Feb to Mid-Nov inclusive.

 

The weather we experience is generally very good, and despite common misconceptions it doesn't rain all the time and, unlike the central highlands, there are no 'midges' - especially at sea!   That being said, the weather can be changeable and can go from fine and sunny sailing weather, to overcast and rain, and then back again in the space of 30 minutes - so bringing suitable clothing is advisable to avoid any showers.   

 

The best weather we experience is during April/May/June/July and August, when it is warm, and there can be prolonged periods without any cloud cover (1-2 weeks in some cases), making for some stunning sunsets.

 

It is also advisable to bring suncream, sunglasses and a hat - at all times of year - as being out on the water can magnify the effects of the sun on your eyes and body.

 

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Actual ScotSail® RYA Course Pictures From April

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will I get seasick?

 

It is unlikley, but possible.    Seasickness is caused by the yawing and rocking motion of a boat at sea whilst the occupents are focussed mostly on the internal surroundings of the vessel.    This causes the brain to receive conflicting signals from the eyes and ears - apparent stillness from the eyes, versus the apparent motion sensed by your inner-ear.  This discordance sends the body into an 'alarm' mode, producing the feeling of nausea. Motion sickness is most common in children between the ages of 3 and 12 years.

 

Because you are taking part in the sailing of the vessel, usually outside, rather than being a seated passenger the likelihood and effects of seasickness are greatly reduced - in fact we almost never have any reported instances of motion sickness on an RYA Training course - but yet it remains one of the most often-asked questions!    In reality, seasickness occurs mostly in very rough conditions - not in the conditions we sail in.

 

In the event that you do suffer from seasickness it is likely that our RYA Instructors will return to port to let you recover, but our Professional Instructors are also trained and certified to administer various seasickness remedies, should this be required.    You may also bring your own seasickness solutions if you feel this is necessary.   Some seasickness tablets can cause drowsiness and you should always tell your RYA Instructor if you are taking any medication - even if it is not Prescription-Only Medication.

 

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What if I have dietary / health requirements, or special medication?


Many customers have specific dietary requirements or tastes, such as requiring wheat or gluten-free produce, or they need to ensure that they keep an allergy-safe diet, for example.    Because we let you choose the food products, paid for by ScotSail®, rather than us attempt to make purchases we think you will enjoy, most dietary requirements can be catered for.


You can also bring your own supplies to keep in your cabin, or labelled separately and stored in our on-board refridgerators or food-freezers.    You should be aware, however, that due to the unique environment we operate in, we cannot absolutely guarantee that the food-preparation and consumption facilities will not have been used previously to prepare such produce.  In addition, we cannot guarantee that such facilities are suitable for faith-based food preparation regimens (e.g. Halal / Kosher) etc.

 

It is extremely important that you tell your RYA Course Instructor if you have any allergies or other medical conditions that may affect your health and wellbeing whilst on-board a ScotSail® RYA Practical Sail Cruising Course.

 

Having a medical condition, special medication or medical apparatus does not necessarily prevent you from participating fully in an RYA course, but you should talk to us before booking if you have any concerns.   

 

Previous customers have included those who have Type 1 Diabetes and require daily blood-tests and injections (including cold-storage of medication), sufferers of Sleep Apnoea who use special equipment and those who require regular access to toilet facilities, especially at night.  We have even had some customers with artificial limbs - none of the above are barriers to full participation and our Professional RYA Instructors ensure everyone is included and catered for.

 

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Will I be safe on-board?

 

Yes.    Sail cruising is an inherently safe sport when carried out in the proper way - which a ScotSail® RYA Training Course always is, when being led by a competent and professional Skipper and RYA Instructor.

 

We recognise that many customers - particularly those new to boating - may be apprehensive about going to sea on what is considered a 'small vessel' (under 24 metres), and we do all we can to allay those fears - mostly that's done through a thorough explanation and safety-briefing, as well as actually going out on the water and just getting on with sailing - this is the best way to alleviate concerns and have a good time.

 

All our yachts are modern Commercial Vessels and, as such, are subject to very stringent equipment and safety requirements with regular inspections administered by both the RYA and MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency), which is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport.   This also applies to our safety management systems and standard operating procedures - the safety and comfort of our customers is paramount, and we have a special internal company system for ensuring that financial matters can never take precendance over safety.

 

All safety equipment required is supplied to you as part of the course fee, and is regularly tested and independently serviced and certified by outside maritime safety organisations.    ScotSail® uses Ocean Safety® as our primary service and certification agent.

 

In addition, all our Commerical Certification, Inspection Reports, Staff Qualifications and Company Insurance Documents can be inspected by any customer upon request - in many cases copies are held on-board our vessels also and are easily accessible in folders - you do not have to ask permission in advance to open these folders, and we encourage it.

 

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Can I charter a yacht with you?

 

Yes. We arrange bareboat yacht charter in Scotland, and in overseas locations also, such as Croatia, Turkey, Greece and other mediterranean and international locations.  Whilst our RYA Training Yachts are strictly for training only, we have partnered with another Scottish Yacht Charter Operator to provide bareboat yacht charter services in Scotland.

 

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If you are interested in putting your sailing skills to use for a holiday with friends or family, view the available charter yachts for hire in Scotland HERE, or Contact Us for more information, prices and availability.

 

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PowerBoat Questions

 

What do I need to bring with me?

 

A Range of Clothing for Warm & Cold

Sun-Hat or Warm Hat

Suncream (Summer & Winter)

Sunglasses (Summer & Winter)

Any Wet Weather Clothing You Have

T-Shirts & Shorts

Soft-Soled Shoes / Trainers

'Wellington' Style Boots (weather dependent)

Gloves (Winter)

Passport-Sized Photograph (Level 2 / Advanced Only)

 

 

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What time do I arrive for my course?

 

For 1, 2 or 3 Day RYA PowerBoat Courses / Experiences, Check-In / Arrival time is 0845hrs on the specified day of arrival.    This day will be specified in your booking confirmation e-mail / invoice document.

 

RYA Level 1, Level 2 and Intermediate powerboat courses are normally delivered over 2 days, from 0900 - 1700hrs (approx) each day.   Advanced PowerBoat Courses and RYA / MCA Exams usually take place during the day, and with a period at night.

 

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Are there toilets on-board your powerboats?

 

Some of our RYA Training PowerBoats are equipped with basic toilet facilities.    The nature of how powerboat courses are run means that we are usually within a short time from either our main centre, or another location with toilets.    All our RYA Training Sailing Yachts are fully equipped with toilets / showers.

 

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Where do we go?

   

 

Our powerboating areas are the Firth of Clyde and Islands, and also at Loch Lomond, where we have a dedicated RYA Training PowerBoat.   From November to March (inclusive), we normally operate within 3 miles of Largs Yacht Haven, but in the Spring/Summer (April to October), we can operate much further than this, which allows for some very interesting pilotage exercises and passages.

 

A typical RYA PowerBoat Level 2 (Coastal / Tidal) Course will see us travel to various islands and bays to practice anchoring, mooring / tying-up etc, and going further out to sea.

 

A great benefit of attending a ScotSail® RYA PowerBoat Course is that we can offer the opporuntity to experience the Inland waters of Loch Lomond, and the Coastal/Tidal sea-waters of the Firth of Clyde, in the same course.

 

 

     
 
Sunset at ScotSail® RYA Centre, Largs
 
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Are there places to stay locally?

 

For customers who wish to stay overnight in the local area, either during or shortly before / after their RYA training course or experience, we have a list of Featured Accommodation Providers, who are all within a short driving or walking distance of ScotSail® at Largs Yacht Haven.    This list can be access online by Clicking Here >

 

In addition to the above list, we also recommend the nearby Willowbank Hotel and also the modern Brisbane House Hotel.    These two hotels are recommended here because our customers have told us they have had excellent stays and service at these two particular venues.

 

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Will I be safe on-board?

 

Yes.    Powerboating is an inherently safe sport when carried out in the proper way - which a ScotSail® RYA Training Course always is, when being led by a competent and professional Skipper and RYA Instructor.

 

We recognise that many customers, particularly those new to boating, may be apprehensive about going to sea on what is considered a 'small vessel' (under 24 metres), and we do all we can to allay those fears - mostly that's done through a thorough explanation and safety-briefing, as well as actually going out on the water and getting on with the power boating - this is the best way to alleviate concerns, and have a good time.

 

All our powerboats are modern RYA Training Vessels and, as such, are subject to very stringent equipment and safety requirements with regular inspections administered by both the RYA and MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency), which is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport.   This also applies to our safety management systems and standard operating procedures - the safety and comfort of our customers is paramount, and we have a special internal company system for ensuring that financial matters can NEVER take precendance over safety.

 

All safety equipment required is supplied to you as part of the course fee, and is regularly tested and independently serviced and certified by outside maritime safety organisations.    ScotSail® uses Ocean Safety® as our primary service and certification agent.

 

In addition, all our RYA Recognition Certificates, Inspection Reports, Staff Qualifications and Company Insurance Documents can be inspected by any customer upon request - in many cases copies are held on-board our vessels also and are easily accessible in folders - you do not have to ask permission in advance to open these folders, and we encourage it.

 

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Shorebased Questions

 

What do I need to bring with me?


We will provide everything you need to complete your RYA shorebased theory course - be it Essential Navigation & Seamanship Online, Day Skipper or Coastal / Yachtmaster.

 

If you wish, you may purchase your own plotters/dividers, either online, or at our centre.   These are used to navigate using paper charts and are integral to maritime navigation.    You are welcome to use the classroom equipment however, if you intend to do any of your own sailing or yacht-chartering then it might be a good idea to purchase your own permanent set.  A good quality set will cost between £17.00 - £25.00, and should last a lifetime if treated well.

 

The Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course Pack comes with a set of plotters / dividers for you to keep, so borrowing or purchasing additional ones is not necessary.

 

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What time do I arrive for my course?

 

For most 1-Day RYA Shorebased Theory Courses / Experiences, Check-In / Arrival time is 0845hrs on the specified day of arrival.    This day and time will be specified in your booking confirmation e-mail / invoice document.

 

In the case of the VHF Radio Licence Course the Check-In / Arrival time is normally 0800hrs on the specified day of arrival - normally a Saturday.

 

In some cases, you may have made custom arrangements to meet your RYA Shorebased Instructor at a different time or location - e.g. 1900hrs at our Glasgow Training Centre.   If you are unsure of when or where to arrive - Contact Us.

 

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Are there toilets & eating facilities?

 

All our facilities have toilets and eating facilities.    Our Largs Yacht Haven RYA Training Centre is fully self-contained with two hot-drinks vending machines, free use of standard tea/coffee facilties, three fridge-freezers, two microwaves, a dedicated oven / grill and two hot sandwich-makers.  At our Glasgow Training Centre there is also tea/coffee/juice available.

 

We also have a fully-serviced cafe / bar / restaurant and shop on the ground-level, called the Bosuns Table 

 

In addition, Largs Yacht Haven boasts the award-winning restaurant Scotts at Largs, operated by renowned Scottish restaurateurs - Buzzworks.

 

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Can I Do An Online Theory Course?

 

NavAtHome with ScotSail® is an RYA Recognised online method of delivering the RYA Day Skipper and Coastal/Yachtmaster Shorebased Courses, in addition to our Evening Classes and Weekend Classes options.

 

Class-based learning is the preferred method and is usually the best option for most people, but if you're unable to make it to one of our shorebased navigation centres in Largs or Glasgow, online learning might be the best option for you.

 

With NavAtHome™ you get everything you need to complete the course; - the official RYA Course Pack, Navigation Instruments (for Day Skipper), as well as Online Access to the RYA Course online modules.

 

If you'd like to know more, Click Here To Try It Free, to see how it works, and get a 'taster' of the course - if you'd like to sign up for the full version and have the course pack delivered, Book Online or Contact Us.

 

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General & Booking Questions

 

What kind of boats do you have in your fleet?

 

We have fully RYA/MCA Coded & Inspected sail cruising yachts and fast, safe powerboats at our dedicated RYA Training Centre at Largs Yacht Haven.

 

You can see even more pictures, videos and details by Clicking Here.

 

ABOVE: Typical Yacht Layouts  |  BELOW: Our PowerBoat Layouts

 

Watch RYA Sailing and PowerBoat Course Videos

ABOVE: Yachts on a ScotSail® RYA Course

 

LEFT: A Double Berth  |  RIGHT: Toilet & Shower

 

RYA Power Boat Level 1, 2, Intermediate and Advanced Course Boats Jeanneau Merry Fisher

ABOVE: ScotSail® RYA Training PowerBoats

 

Typical ScotSail® Yachts & PowerBoats:

Hanse 411

Bavaria 36

Elan 431

Jeanneau S.O. 42.2

Jeanneau MF 595

Jeanneau MF 725

 

 

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How do I choose which course is right for me?

 

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You can also speak to a ScotSail® RYA Instructor and Training Advisor.    Contact Us, or call us on 0845 834 0335 (9am-9pm / 7 days).    Tell us what your end goal is, and we will tell you what it will take to achieve it.

 

Calls to 0845 numbers from UK landlines (01/02) cost 4p/min.    Calls from mobiles may be higher.

 

Or Why Not Submit a Contact form and we will call you back, at a convenient time - for free.


 

 

 

What ages are the other people likely to be?

 

A wide range of people of different ages and backgrounds come to ScotSail® every year.   The majority of our customers are aged between 35-55 years, but young professionals, couples and individuals also make up a significant proportion our students.  Our clients come from all over the U.K., and some from abroad also.

 

Families with children are very welcome, and make up about 25-30% of total bookings - many families choose to book a PYG - Private Yacht Group, so that they have the use of an entire yacht and Course-Instructor for the duration of their course / experience.    A 2 Days/Nights Full Board Weekend Private Yacht Group for up to 5 persons, and 5 Days/Nights PYG's are also available.

 

Sometimes couples will book a PYG just for themselves, to have that extra time together - such bookings are more bespoke and there are other custom services that we can offer to make your booking that little bit extra special - flowers, chocolates or champagne on arrival?   You should Contact Us to discuss the possibilities.

 

Some intelligent thought goes into who we try and mix together on our courses - we have a custom-designed computerised system to help us decide what make-up the crews should be - we will try and place you with others that we think might have common interests or goals;

 

For instance, if you are booking as a couple, where He wishes to go for Day Skipper, and She wishes to try out Competent Crew, we'll try and put you on with a couple of similar age, experience and goals - and, if English isn't your first language we'll aim to put you on with another customer that may have the same language, or even with a Course-Instructor that speaks it, if we have one available.

 

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Will the others know each other already if I come alone?

 

It's unlikely.    Most of our customers book as individuals or couples.    Those that book as groups or families tend to book as a PYG - Private Yacht Group.    This means they have booked an entire boat just for their party.

 

Many customers have told us that they are apprehensive about turning up, and perhaps not knowing anyone else or fearing that the others have vastly more experience than them.    The reality is that everyone else is probably feeling the same thing and you are all likely to have similar interests and experiences.

 

The first part of an RYA Practical Sailing or PowerBoat course is for the RYA Course Instructor to address you all, and have a little 'icebreaker' session.    We regularly see people arrive at our centre for check-in looking a little nervous - within about 30 minutes everybody is having a laugh together and getting ready for boarding!

 

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Can I Drink Alcohol On A ScotSail® Sail / Power Course?

 

We recognise that customers may wish to combine their RYA Training Course with a Learn-to-Sail Holiday to make an enjoyable sailing experience, and that the responsible consumption of alcohol, in moderation, can be part of that experience.  There are also many pubs, cafe's, restaurants and even malt whisky distilleries in the sailing area that you may wish to visit during your RYA Course.

 

It is important to note, however, that during an RYA Course, RYA trainees are not classed as 'passengers', and are therefore subject to legal alcohol restrictions in the same way as our RYA Instructors are.    This means that you should not exceed the UK Drink-Drive limit, currently set at 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

 

This limit is set by law for safety purposes and, whilst our RYA Instructors take a sensible approach to customers drinking alcohol, drinking to excess - i.e. becoming intoxicated or being under the influence of alcohol whilst around the water, on-board, underway or in marinas / harbours - is not permitted.

 

For any powerboat courses or experiences customers may not consume, or be under the influence of, alcohol at any time.

 

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What Navigation Knowledge Do I Need?


It's not a requirement to have done the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory, or to have any navigation certificate prior to attending the RYA Day Skipper (Coastal / Tidal) Practical Course, or RYA Coastal Skipper Course.   What is important is your theory knowledge - not what you have on paper.

 

Many people do undertake the Day or Coastal/Yachtmaster Skipper Shorebased Theory and Navigation courses beforehand, or they may already have their own relevant experience or background - perhaps just through sailing themselves, or they have done a relevant navigation course at sometime in the past.

 

As an RYA Training Centre we are going to recommend that you do complete a shorebased course but, you may already have this knowledge, or wish to acquire it through self-study.    In addition to the StudyFlex™ course, there are also a number of excellent books available, published by the RYA.

 

If you're unsure about which course is right for you, you should talk to us.   Remember that the RYA Practical Courses are flexible - that means that they are not 'pass or fail' exams - they are continually-assessed practical training courses.

 

So, if you book a 5-Day Day Skipper course, and you think that you're not quite up to scratch - you can still sign-off parts of your Day Skipper certificate, and return to ScotSail® (or any RYA Training Centre) for, say, a weekend just to finish it off and get your certificate.

 

Our first-time pass-rate for Day Skipper is around 95% - and that's derived from hundreds of Day Skippers per annum.   We don't just let anyone pass - if our RYA Instructors aren't satisfied that you meet the required standard then you won't get all your logbook sections signed-off and will have to wait to receive your Day Skipper Practical Certificate.

 

In practice, we have an excellent system for finding out peoples' levels of knowledge and ability very early on - if we think you're going to need extra help to pass - you will get it and we will push you a bit harder until you're doing everything you need to be doing.

 

The RYA Day Skipper is an important qualification - it can be used worldwide to charter sailing vessels up to 24 metres (about 80 feet long), and can even be Commercially Endorsed to take paying passengers out to sea - so we need to be sure that you have earned it.

 

Any 5-Days / Nights booking can be used for any course type - Competent Crew, Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper - you can move up and down the scheme as you see fit, with inputs from your RYA Course Instructor, whilst you are actually on the course.
 

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Handbook at the RYA Shop - £16.99

 

 

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What is an ICC or International Certificate of Competence, and how do I get one?


The International Certificate of Competence or I.C.C. is otherwise known as the 'Charter Licence'.  This is accepted pretty much internationally and generally allows you to charter sailing vessels up to 24 metres in length, either on a bareboat or flotilla-type charter.  You can also get an ICC for PowerBoats.

 

It is obtained by completing the I.C.C. Application Form and you will require the following:

 

1). Photocopy of your RYA Day Skipper (Coastal / Tidal) Certificate or Day Skipper Photo-ID Card;

2). Photocopy of your Passport Details / Photo Page;

3). Counter-Signed Passport-Sized Photograph;

4). The fee of £40.00 (free for RYA Members).

 

We recommend that you read all the available information on the I.C.C.    You can also access specific guidance about boating in individual countries, by Clicking Here >

 

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Where do I find ScotSail?

For ScotSail @ Largs Yacht Haven:

Our RYA Training Centre:

1st ScotSail Training Ltd

Largs Yacht Haven

Irvine Road

Largs, North Ayrshire

KA30 8EZ

SCOTLAND

T: 0845 834 0335

E: admin@ScotSail.co.uk

ScotSail® is a Private Limited Company

Registered In Scotland.

Company Number: SC259916

VAT Reg. No: 847 9208 88

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ScotSail® @ Largs Yacht Haven is located in the main courtyard-square, opposite the reception building.    We are well sign-posted and we have ScotSail® Signage outside our centre, and on our roof-windows also.    If you are unable to find us, just call us on 0845 834 0335 and we will be delighted to guide you, or send someone out to collect you and help you with your bags.

 

In some cases we may ask you to travel a short distance to one of our satellite locations, at either Inverkip Marina (for Sail Cruising), or Loch Lomond (for PowerBoating), to board your vessel at ScotSail®, particularly during busy periods.  

 

For ScotSail @ Glasgow:

Our RYA Training Centre:

1st ScotSail Training Ltd

Stamperland, Clarkston

Glasgow Southside

G76 8AJ

SCOTLAND

T: 0845 834 0335

E: admin@ScotSail.co.uk

ScotSail® is a Private Limited Company

Registered In Scotland.

Company Number: SC259916

VAT Reg. No: 847 9208 88

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Is there parking?


There is FREE 24-hour secure-parking available at Largs Yacht Haven and Inverkip Marina for all ScotSail® customers. Largs Yacht Haven is the main base that you should arrive at unless otherwise agreed.

 

Approach the car-park barrier to the berth-holders / members car-park; there is an access-keypad and intercom at car-window height.    Press the button to call reception.    Give them your name and that you are with ScotSail®, and they should let you through.

 

There is no charge and both Largs Yacht Haven and Inverkip Marina offers 24-hour manned security, regular patrols and an extensive CCTV monitoring and recording system.

 

 

 

 

 

What happens when I arrive?

 

Please come in to ScotSail® offices and training centre - a member of staff will greet you, help you with any baggage and ask you to sign-in and complete a short form, to ensure that the details we have for you are correct.

 

If you are arriving for a practical sailing or powerboat course, you will be introduced to your Course Instructor, and he / she will welcome you and start to give you some information about the upcoming experience.

 

Once everyone has arrived, you will go to the gate to start boarding your yacht - this will include a safety briefing so it is important to listen carefully.

 

Don't worry at this stage if you're nervous - the RYA Courses are just that - enjoyable learning experiences - it's not an exam or a test so listen carefully to the Course Instructor and relax!

 

For RYA Practical Sailing Courses, the first evening is normally spent getting you settled into your cabins / berths, safety briefings and for you to get an idea of where you will be sailing, and what you will be doing.

 

On the first day of arrival (Fridays/Sundays), there is the option to eat together with your Course-Instructor and crew at the local restaurant - you don't have to do this, but a drink and perhaps something to eat can be a good opportunity to get to know everyone else, and discuss the upcoming experience.

 

As tables are difficult to book at short-notice, we normally reserve places for you well-in-advance on the assumption that you wish to participate - it's ok if you don't want to and you can let us know this at any time  The food is excellent, and if you eat before 1830hrs, a two-course meal with drink (including alcohol) is £9.95 - Click Here for Sample Menus and Full Offer Details >

 

For RYA PowerBoat Courses, as well as shorebased theory and short specialist courses like VHF Radio, the courses will start right-away and the member of staff who meets you at the centre will likely also be the Course-Instructor, and you will receive the same standard of welcome and introduction.

 

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What if I’m going to be late?

 

We have an automated SMS / Text Service to help you let us know when you're going to be late.    If you think that you might be late - don't worry - but it is important that you let us know as soon as possible, so that we can make alternative arrangements to meet you, and give you the gate number and berth you should proceed to.

 

Text 'Late' to: 07786 200 690

Standard Network Rates Apply.

 

Please also include your name, booking reference number and your estimated arrival time.  This information will be passed automatically to the relevant staff and Course-Instructors.  You will receive an Automated Confirmation Text in reply, assuring you that we have received your Late-Arrival notice.  You can also call us on 0845 834 0335.

 

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Will I get mobile phone or 3G/4G coverage?

 

There is normally excellent 2G & 3G mobile-phone / wireless broadband coverage in the Firth of Clyde & Islands sailing area.    From 2014 there is growing availability of 4G Mobile Services, but we advise checking coverage with your mobile service provider.

 

Many customers choose to bring mobile-phones / laptops / tablets etc, and it is convenient to be able to stay in-touch with friends, family or business associates ashore - if you want to!

 

You can check the signal coverage for LARGS, KA30 8EZ from all major

UK Mobile Operators by selecting from the links below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the Rail / Air / Bus travel options?

 

Largs Yacht Haven is easily accessible, with major road, rail and air links.    There are trains every hour from Glasgow Central Station, buses, and we are an equi-distant 30-40 minute drive from both Glasgow Airport and Prestwick Airport.  We can arrange airport transfers for you, if required.

 

For public transport information, including buses, trains, timetables and tickets - Click Here to access the Traveline Online Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who are your Instructors?

ScotSail® male and female RYA Course-Instructors are selected from the best and most experienced in the country - most of our guest RYA professionals are not 'career' instructors, but rather they bring their skills and experience from a variety of other roles to RYA Course Instruction:

 

Previous roles include Police, Fire, Army, RAF, Navy, School-Teachers, Professional Chefs, Engineers, Pilots and ATCOs - nevertheless, they all share one thing in common: - they all have many years experience of professional skippering and instructing, all have a great sense of humour, and everyone at ScotSail® has a passion for making sailing and powerboating enjoyable!

 

When you come to ScotSail® - be it a beginners Start Yachting weekend, or an RYA/MCA Advanced PowerBoat Exam - you will not just receive the best service, equipment and facilities - you will get the best people, ensuring you get the training and certification you need.

 

Meet our Professional RYA / MCA Commercial Sailing and PowerBoat Instructors:

Danny Drahos, Yachtmaster Instructor

Stephen Kerr, Yachtmaster Instructor
Greg Norris, Yachtmaster Instructor

Danny Drahos

ScotSail® Chief Instructor (Sail)

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor

RYA VHF Radio Assessor

Kevin Nurse

ScotSail® Chief Instructor (VHF Radio)

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor

RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor

RYA VHF Radio Assessor

Stephen Kerr

ScotSail® Centre Principal & Director

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor

RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor

RYA Advanced PowerBoat Instructor

RYA VHF Radio Assessor

RYA Diesel Engine Instructor

RYA Radar Instructor

Greg Norris

RYA/MCA Examiner (Sail)

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor

RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor

RYA PowerBoat Instructor

RYA VHF Radio Assessor

RYA Diesel Engine Instructor

, Yachtmaster Instructor
John Parlane, Yachtmaster Instructor
Ross Ritchie, Yachtmaster Instructor
Nick Weir, Yachtmaster Instructor

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RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor

RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor

RYA VHF Radio Assessor

RYA PowerBoat Instructor

John Parlane

RYA Inspector

RYA/MCA Examiner (Sail)

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor

RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor

RYA Advanced PowerBoat Instructor

RYA VHF Radio Assessor

RYA First Aid Instructor

RYA Diesel Engine Instructor

RYA Radar Instructor

RYA Instructor of The Year Winner! >

Ross Ritchie

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor

RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor

RYA VHF Radio Assessor

Nick Weir

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor

RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor

RYA PowerBoat Instructor

RYA VHF Radio Assessor

Ales Kafka

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore

RYA Cruising Instructor

Brian Rankine

RYA PowerBoat Instructor

RNLI Helmsman

Alistair Leicester

RYA PowerBoat Instructor

RYA Safety Boat Instructor

Sally Gregory

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor

RYA PowerBoat Instructor

 

 

 

Simon Mason

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore

RYA Cruising Instructor

Ian T. Anderson

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore

RYA Cruising Instructor

 

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Do you sell Gift Vouchers?


Yes.   We sell a variety of Gift Vouchers online, with free delivery via Royal Mail, and by e-mail also.    Vouchers can be purchased for a specific course-type, or in monetary denominations.    The holder can also use the value of their Gift Voucher towards any other RYA course / experience offered by ScotSail®.

 

 

 

ScotSail Gift Vouchers for Sailing and Power Boating

RYA Gift Vouchers

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Do I Book a RYA Course?

 

You can book any RYA Course or Experience by calling 0845 834 0335 (9am - 9pm / 7 days), or submitting an enquiry by Clicking Here >

 

You can also Book Online and Reserve Your Space(s) Immediately

 

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How Do I Pay A Deposit or Balance Online?

 

When you reserve any RYA Course or Experience, you can pay securely online with a Credit or Debit Card by clicking the Secure Payment Link in your Booking Confirmation E-Mail.    All you need is your Booking Reference Number, and you can following the easy on-screen instructions.    You will be sent an electronic receipt via e-mail.    You can also access the Secure Payment Page by Clicking Here.

 

You can also make a payment by calling us on 0845 834 0335 (9am - 9pm / 7 days).    Other payment methods, including bank transfer and cheques, are also available.    See the information at the Secure Payment Page for details on how to do this.

 

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What's Included in ScotSail® RYA Sail and Power Courses & Experiences?

 

Click To Skip To What's Included For: Sail Cruising | PowerBoating | VHF Radio | Diesel Engine | Radar | AdventureSail™

 

What's Included - Sail Cruising Courses:

Full Board Course-Days

(All Breakfasts, Lunches, Evening Meals, Snacks, Drinks, Etc). Read More >

All Diesel Fuel & Domestic Gas
All Safety Equipment & Lifejackets
All RYA Learning Materials

RYA Tuition to any Sail Cruising Course Level

Choose From Start Yachting, Competent Crew, Day or Coastal Skipper

Marina Berthing at Home Base Marina
£5.00-Off RYA Membership Discount Voucher
10% Off Books & Charts at Largs Chandlers
Sea Safety Handbook and CD-ROM (Preview Now >)
Free 24hr Secure Parking with CCTV & Manned Security Patrols
Free WiFi at Largs Yacht Haven Marina
 

 

Video: See our Centre Facilties & Boats!

 

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£5 Payable For Photo-I.D. Licence Certification (Day/Coastal Skipper Only)

Only Paid Upon Completion On Final Day / Debriefing Session. £5-Off RYA Membership Voucher Given.

Marina Berthing Away From Home Base Marina - £5 - £6 Each Typical

Some places are free whilst some levy a small charge to berth overnight and have access to shorebased facilities, showers, toilets, shops, visitor attractions etc. This is normally split between the 5 persons - perhaps £5-£6 each (minimal cost depending on wishes of the crew). Please support our rural and island economies wherever possible. Thanks! Read Voluntary Student Fund Guidelines >

 

What's Included - For PowerBoat Courses:

All Petrol-Fuel

All Safety Equipment & Lifejackets

RYA PowerBoat Handbook

For Level 2 Only - Not Required Otherwise

Sea Safety Handbook and CD-ROM (Preview Now >)

£5.00-Off RYA Membership Discount Voucher

RYA Photo-I.D. Certification & Registration Fees Included

Please Bring Passport-Sized Photo

Free Secure Parking with CCTV & Manned Security Patrols
Free WiFi at Largs Yacht Haven Marina

 

What's Included - VHF Radio LIcence / Diesel Engine / Radar Course:

All In-Class Learning Materials / Books etc.

Complementary Hot Drinks Vending for Every Customer
RYA Certification Fees Included For RYA Diesel & Radar

Sea Safety Handbook and CD-ROM (Preview Now >)

Free Secure Parking with CCTV & Manned Security Patrols
Free WiFi at Largs Yacht Haven Marina

 

 

£60 Payable For Photo-I.D. Licence Exam & Certificate (VHF Radio Licence Only)

Paid direct to 'RYA' via credit/debit card or cheque on day of course.

 

What's Included - AdventureSail™ St. Kilda / Hebrides Cruises

7 / 9 Days/Nights Yacht Cruising - West Coast Islands Sailing

Elan 431 or Similar Yacht
RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore Instructor as Skipper/Guide

All On-Board Food/Drinks/Victuals

All Fuel and Gas

Free Secure Parking with CCTV & Manned Security Patrols

 

 

Crew Shared Costs On-Board

AdventureSail™ is an experience / mile-builder transition between RYA Training and real-world adventurous cruising. A ScotSail®-appointed commercial skipper will accompany you to guide, assist and take ultimate responsibility. The crew on-board will share the costs of any marina berthing or canal transit fees and any extra meals or activities ashore you may choose along the way. As a guide, we think that £150.00 Per Person should be plenty to cater for the normal activiities and events that take place on such an AdventureSail™

 

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What Financial Protection does ScotSail offer?

 

ScotSail® offers a robust financial protection system to help protect our customers and provide vital re-assurance.

 

We recognise that our customers want peace-of-mind that their money is secure when making a payment for something in advance – when you make a payment via Credit or Debit Card, Cash, Cheque or Electronic Funds Transfer to ScotSail®, the money is held in a separate and dedicated Refundable Customer Holding-Account, similar to those used by solicitors, estate-agents and some financial institutions.

 

This money remains yours and you can request a full refund at any time, up until 28 days prior to your course / experience start-date.   Any non-refundable Gift Vouchers are excluded from this, but this will be stated on the voucher, and made clear prior to purchase.

 

We believe in a business which can be both ethical and profitable – this means that your money is kept separate from our business operating accounts.   We have agreements from our banking partners which legally separates and protects our customers’ money.

 

This means that we do not use your deposits to fund the on-going operation of the business, and so we are not dependent on making future 'sales' to cover our potential liabilities to you should you need to cancel your booking – your money is kept in a protected account until after you have received the service.

 

Where other businesses are reliant on making 'sales' and taking advance deposits to pay for the on-going running costs of staff, buildings, facilities etc - we are a financially healthy organisation with no debts, and our overheads are paid for out of diligent savings carried forward from previous years' profits.

 

We understand that this way of working is unique to ScotSail® in the UK RYA Training Industry, and hope this represents our commitment to, and respect for, Ethical Business Practices.

 

 

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What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

 

You have an absolute right to cancel your booking, without providing a reason, and receive a full refund at any time up until 28 days prior to your course / experience start-date.

 

Cancellation or refund requests received within the 28-day period may also be accommodated, if we can replace your booking with another (from our waiting list, for example) but we are not obliged to do this.

 

This is because your cancellation at such short-notice may make it financially unviable, or impractical, to run a course-date without your booking - meaning that we could have to cancel on the other customers already booked, and let them down too.

 

We think that 28-days is generally enough time for us to find another customer to replace your booking, but if you need to cancel or change dates, please try and let us know as early as possible so that we can start to find another customer to take your space. Thanks!

 

(P.S. - Most other companies only offer limited refunds if you cancel your booking - at any time!).

 

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I have a question that isn't answered here - what do I do?


If you have a question for us which isn't answered in this section, you can Call Us on 0845 834 0335 and speak to a RYA Instructor.   You can also Ask Us Online when our RYA Instructors are online, or leave us a message and we will e-mail you back within 24 hours (usually 10 minutes).

 

You can make an online enquiry and receive the same response by submitting our Enquiry Form >

 

You can call us on 0845 834 0335 (9am - 9pm / 7 days)