When attending a practical course you are welcome to stay on our vessel but please be aware that sleeping arrangements on our Blyth catamaran are situated in the port and starboard hulls and are similar to a yacht quarter berth. They are only suitable for able-bodied students who do not mind sleeping in the hull. Accommodation is best described as basic but comfortable. You will need to bring bedding such as sleeping bag or duvet and pillow. However if you are attending a theory or powerboat course and require accommodation please feel free to ask for a list of local hotels and bed and breakfasts.
Most courses will commence at 9.00am and finish at either 5.00pm or 5.30pm. For courses that require a night passage the times will vary depending on time of year. More specific course times will be detailed in your joining instructions.
Food and Drink:-
On motor cruising courses the fees include food and drink except evening meals. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements. On theory courses tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but you will need to bring your own lunch or there are plenty of restaurants or cafes within close proximity. On powerboat courses you will need to bring a packed lunch including plenty to drink.
Smoking and alcohol is forbidden on the boats and in the classroom.
For all practical courses you need to ensure that you bring plenty of warm clothing with you, preferably thin thermal layers including hat and gloves. Don’t forget your sunglasses and sun cream if applicable. It is important to wear deck shoes or non-slip shoes with non-marking soles. Wet weather gear should also be brought with you but if you don’t have any please speak to us prior to the course as it may be possible to borrow some from us.
Photograph and Exam Fee:-
If you are attending either the Powerboat Level 2, Powerboat Advanced, Day Skipper Practical, Coastal Skipper Practical, Yachtmaster Practical or VHF course you will need to bring a passport sized photo of yourself and exam fee (either credit card or cheque). With the exception of the VHF course you will also need to bring along your log book, first aid certificate and VHF radio license.