Courses in Nautical Skills
The Nottage runs a variety of courses throughout the year. For more details on each course please click on the boxes below.
Please click on the link below to download the enrolment form.
RYA Shorebased Courses
Advanced training for more experienced skippers, this course is aimed at sailors and motor boaters who are looking to undertake more complex passages offshore or at night. Concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills, this course will greatly improve your theory knowledge and is a must for those looking to work towards taking the RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams. Students should have some previous knowledge and cruising experience including responsibility for navigation and yacht management. It is strongly recommended that students have a good grasp of theory subjects to Day Skipper standard and have thoroughly revised the Collision Regulations before attending. With three exam papers it is an intensive course covering advanced navigation techniques, so the course requires considerable home study in addition to the weekly classroom lectures. Places are limited to ensure an instructor / candidate ratio that is better than that recommended by the RYA.
Course topics include:
- Position fixing
- Course shaping and plotting
- Tidal knowledge
- Use of almanacs and admiralty publications
- Electronic position finding equipment
- Taking and interpreting forecasts
- Plotting weather systems
- Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
- Collision regulations
- Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad
This course is aimed at those wanting to take charge of a boat in tidal waters and equips the aspiring skipper with knowledge to navigate around familiar waters or further afield by day. A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers, is a prelude to the practical Day Skipper Course. Although a comprehensive course, there is time for class discussion around certain learning topics. Home study is set most weeks to consolidate a subject and there are two exam papers. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. Candidates will find it beneficial to hold a basic understanding of sailing or motorboating with some practical experience. Places are limited to ensure an instructor / candidate ratio that is better than that recommended by the RYA.
Course topics include:
· The basics of seamanship
· The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
· Electronic charts
· Position fixing
· Plotting a course to steer
· Weather forecasting and meteorology
· Collision regulations
· Construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
· Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts.
This course leads to a required qualification for anyone using a marine VHF/DSC radio and covers required knowledge and procedures including those to be used in an emergency. Group bookings can be arranged (3-6 people). PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH IS REQUIRED with enrolment form.
Provides information on the “road signs and rules of the road” used on the inland waterways of Europe. It is a useful qualification if you are intending to take a boat abroad in Europe and is a requirement in some countries and circumstances.
This course provides a gentle introduction to navigation and marine safety for inexperienced skippers, crews and those wishing to begin sailing or boating or to refresh their skills. In fact it’s for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving and also useful for experienced dinghy, keelboat sailors and inshore racers. It is designed to complement the RYA on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses. It’s a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice with plenty of technical exercises to help reinforce learning points. Delivered over several evening classes, it gives the candidate time to consolidate and digest the knowledge learnt in each topic. No previous knowledge or experience is required.
Course topics include:
- Charts and Publications
- Engine checks
- Tidal awareness
- Visual and electronic navigation
- Rules of the road
- Weather forecasts
- Passage planning
General Maritime Courses
This is our popular and unique flagship Course which enables students to build their own “Nottage” clinker dinghy under the guidence of experienced shipwrights. Students will learn and use traditional skills during the construction of their boats. Students taking the course should have basic woodworking skills and be familiar with the use of planes, chisels, saws and drills. Without these basic skills there is a risk that the course may be too challenging.
NB. This course is currently full and there is a waiting list of about 7 years.
Aimed at anyone including sailors, with an interest in discovering how our weather happens, how to interpret weather information and how to make predictions from observing the clues in the sky.
This course, endorsed and supported by Trinity House, is aimed at all new river users. This includes:
- Canoers and kayakers
- Gig rowers
- Dinghy and skiff rowers
- Stand-up paddleboarders
- Powerboaters and waterskiers
- Dinghy sailors
- Day sailors and coastal cruisers
- Wild swimmers
The syllabus offers elements useful to anyone who is new to going afloat on the river for pleasure:
Personal Safety afloat
- First aid
- Lifejackets and buoyancy aids
- Hypothermia, heatstroke, sunburn, dehydration, etc…
- Simple passage plan and pilotage
- Emergency equipment
- Emergency procedures
- Tidal streams and range
- GPS and establishing position
- Compass, VHF radio, mobile phone
- Rules of the Road
- Legislation and insurance
- Further training opportunities
The syllabus links to the local rivers, making the topics more relevant. These topics include:
- Charts, publications and buoyage
- Other river users and their needs
- Ecology of the marine environment, its importance and sensitivity
- Sources of local information
The one-day, 6-hour course runs from 09.00 to 1700, with a minimum student number of 5, and a maximum number of 15. Tea and Coffee can be purchased at the Nottage.
Thanks to the support of Trinity House, the fee for this full day course is only £20.
This course is sponsored by Trinity House and Imray, Laurie, Norie and Wilson.