Training overview

The Club is an RYA Training Centre and delivers all the RYA shorebased courses in the comfort of its Bell Wharf Lane Clubhouse, including the one-day courses for Marine Short Range Radio, First Aid, Radar and Diesel Engine Maintenance.

In addition the Club offers its own courses on rope work and boat electrics.

Members can book online for all courses. Click the link at the top right of this page. Non-members, please contact the office to enquire about availability of courses.  Details of how to apply for membership are on the Join us! page. 

Course Frequency.

Apart from the RYA Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean courses which are all a minimum of 40 hours long the other courses are either 1 day courses or 2/3/evening courses. These are run once or twice a year. If there is enough interest shown in a course then we may be able to add additional courses to the schedule. This includes RYA course on Diesel Maintenance, First Aid, Radar and SRC (VHF operators licence) and LSC courses on Basic Ropework, Braided Ropework, Boat Electrics and Practical Weather Forecasting. If you are interested inone of these courses please register your interest here. You will then be contacted by email when enough people have shown an interest for another course to be run

RYA shorebased training

Each shorebased course is led by an RYA qualified instructor who is also a committed volunteer club member. The navigation and seamanship courses class numbers are capped, ensuring unrivalled instructor/student contact time.  Successful students are presented with their certificates at the Club's Training Dinner in May when we are usually honoured to welcome an official of the RYA as guest speaker. 

Dates are now available.  Click on the course you are interested in for dates and to book your place online.

Practical courses

The Club does not provide on the water practical courses, but special arrangements have been made with two sea schools offering discounted rates to members. The East Anglian Sea School is based on the River Orwell and Team Sailing are based at Haslar Marina in Portsmouth Harbour.

The Sea Survival course can be arranged through the Club with Portsmouth Marine Training.

The Club is also able to arrange an examination for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) with CEVNI (Code Européen des Voies de Navigation Interieure) endorsement.

In addition to the formal shorebased courses the Club arranges a rally each season aimed specifically at our trainee members

Little Ship Club training

The Little Ship Club's commitment to training dates back more than 75 years when it pioneered systematic instruction in small craft navigation and seamanship to Royal Naval Volunteer Supplementary Reserve (RNVSR) officers during the run up to the second world war.

A Fun Seamanship Quiz.

This link will take you to a fun quiz. It is a series of videos taken in the Solent at night. See how many lights you can recognise.

A revision guide to IALA (A) buoyage.

Clicking on this link will take you to a guide to IALA (A) buoyage