FAQs about our motorboat and VHF training courses

Frequently Asked Questions about our boat training courses

When are the course dates?

Apart from the VHF radio course, we do not run set courses, but arrange courses to suit the need of our customers.


What time do the courses start and finish?

Courses start at 9:00am and finish around 4:00pm however, this is dependant on the size of the group. ICC and tuition only courses are flexible to meet your needs. Contact us to discuss this further.


Can I take courses on my own boat?

Yes of course. All our practical courses can be taken both on your own boat or ours. However, if you require your ICC to be validated on craft over 10M LOA then this will need to be taken on a vessel over 10M. This can be done on our training vessel.


I have done some courses, how do I gain more experience?

Why not spend a day on the East Coast Motorboat Training vessel with one of our instructors? We can tailor clinics to your current level of experience and focus on how we can improve your skills on deckwork, crew safety, man overboard drills and helmsmanship or combine it with a run along the east coast. Bring the whole family along and let them get some hands on experience under the watchful eye of the instructor.


How do I progress after completing the RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman course?

The Inland Waterways Helmsman course is an entry level for your ICC. You can add on your CENVI examination, which will endorse your ICC with Inland Waterways Power.


I don’t want to take a course but would like some advice on a particular boat handling issue. Can you help?

That’s fine. If you would like to drop us an email we will try to help you with your issue. If you just need an hour or so on a boat to support your learning we can easily organise some tuition tailor made for you. If we can’t answer your question we will do our utmost to put you in touch with someone that can. We have access to some very experienced instructors that have sailed around the world as well as some experienced engineers who are all happy to help.


I’m part of a boat club and we would all like some tuition. Can you accommodate this as a group?

Of course. We can offer RYA practical courses as part of a group in partnership with other training centers as well as non RYA courses focusing on skills specific to your club or organisation. Either way we are more than happy to discuss your requirements.


What do I need to do to drive my boat abroad?

The ICC (International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft) is a certificate for anyone who intends to use a boat abroad. We can offer ICC Inland Power endorsements when taken with the CENVI Examination.


What is CEVNI?

CEVNI (Européen des Voies de Navigation Intérieure) is the code governing navigation on the interconnected European inland waterways. This is a multiple choice exam paper for anyone who is looking to boat on the Inland Waterways of Europe. CEVNI is not covered in any of the RYA’s courses, even those specific to inland waterways. It is therefore necessary to have a separate theory test on the CEVNI regulations.  There is no separate CEVNI certificate or CEVNI endorsement. Passing the ICC CEVNI test simply allows the Inland category on your ICC to be validated, thereby indicating that you have demonstrated knowledge of the traffic regulations applicable on inland waters or Europe.


Do I need a radio licence for my VHF?

Absolutely! The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to operate a VHF with Digital Selective Calling (DSC). We offer this as a one day course and assessment. On passing the assessment you will be issued with a certificate to operate which allows you to use the radio as an operator. You will then also have to licence the equipment on board and any handheld devices you wish to use away from the mother vessel.



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