RYA Courses

We offer the full range of RYA shore-based courses, including Dayskipper, Yachtmaster, Yachtmaster Ocean, VHF radio, First Aid, Diesel Engine and Radar, all taught by our experienced Training team in our London Clubhouse.

VHF radio is now an online course, and we offer the assessment test which leads to the RYA’s Short-Range Certificate, qualifying holders to operate marine VHF radio transmitters.

European inland waterways regulations are self-taught and we offer the assessment test for CEVNI, which leads to the inland waterways endorsement on the International Certificate of Competence.


Little Ship Club courses

The Club was founded as a place to learn and develop a host of nautical skills; 95 years later we have devised comprehensive and specialist courses, including unique classes and workshops.

Our rope workshops provide small classes with keen-eyed instructors who will help you through the finer points of knots and splices. Similarly, we have our own Practical Weather Forecasting Course, developed by a club member who is an Associate member of the Royal Meteorological Society, and a Boat Electrics Course presented by instructors one of whom was responsible for the refurbishment of the electrical systems on Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s boat Grey Power.

These courses are not available anywhere else!

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Basic ropework course | Little Ship Club

Practical on-the-water training courses

Thames Boat Training

Thames Boat Training is run by Paul Kelly, a Yachtmaster Instructor with over 30 years’ experience.

Thames Boat Training specialise in tidal Thames training between Kingston and London and inland waterways training on the non tidal Thames between Kingston and Windsor and the River Wey.

Instruction takes place on the traditionally-styled 57-foot steel barge Wee Dram, which is fitted out to a good standard of comfort and well maintained.

In addition to acting as a base for instruction, Wee Dram can also be booked for experience days and holiday hire. Gift vouchers are also available.

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