rya-training-centreThe Club offers a variety of RYA training courses throughout the year.  Our rates are very competitive and typically lower than all other training schools in the area.

We have recently appointed a new instructor and are providing Shorebased Courses to Yachtmaster™ Offshore level and in 2017, we are also planning to run courses to obtain an International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (also knows as the International Certificate of Competence or ICC).

To get in touch to discuss training, logged in members can contact our chief instructor here: [Please log in to access this link], otherwise please email [email protected].

We accept payments by the following methods:

  • In advance by cheque (please make payable to “North Wales Cruising Club Ltd” and send by post or hand over at the bar)
  • In advance by card or cash at the Clubhouse
  • In advance through electronic fund transfer (please request bank account details when making booking)
  • In advance using RYA training vouchers (please ensure the correct value as we cannot give change)
  • Via your existing Direct Debit instruction if you are a Club member

We regularly update our training schedule, so please check back – the most up to date schedule is always listed at the bottom of this page and on the events page.

In a typical year, our programme will include the following courses:

International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC)

The ICC is a certificate which is intended to provide evidence of competence when requested by officials in foreign countries. It is commonly known as the International Certificate of Competence.

The regulations for pleasure craft can vary considerably from one country to another and the regime for skipper training and licencing can be equally disparate; the ICC helps to overcome the difficulties these differences can cause.

An ICC is an assurance from one government to another that the certificate holder is sufficiently competent to be driving a pleasure craft, despite not holding the visited country’s national certificate.

We will be offering the ICC course, including issue of the certificate for those who reach the requisite standard.  The course will be a one-day on-the-water programme, on a boat provided by the student.

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

The course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it’s for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and works well in complementing 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.

RYA Day Skipper

The course is designed to cover all the theory needed to navigate a yacht safely in less demanding situations. It is an ideal starting point for crew members, wives and partners who do not normally sail or navigate. The course is both interesting and enjoyable.

RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster™ Offshore

The course is a more advanced study of navigation and meteorology designed to cope with the more complex elements of making offshore passages and piloting a yacht safely using the weather to best advantage. The course is interesting, enjoyable and achievable. Students should either have already completed the RYA Dayskipper theory course or have good prior yachting experience. A sound knowledge is required of the International Regulations For The Prevention Of Collision At Sea and VHF operating procedures.

RYA Engine Maintenance

The course is essential for yacht owners who do not know what makes their engine tick. It looks at how it works, fuel injectors and filters, water pumps and trouble shooting when the engine will not work. Practical hands on an engine is part of the training.


The course covers all aspects of operating VHF Radios effectively including the Global Maritime Distress Safety System and Digital Selective Calling. Successful completion of the course results in the issue of a VHF operators license. Students must know the phonetic alphabet prior to the course start and bring a passport photograph with them.

RYA First Aid

The course provides the basic information needed to deal with emergencies in a watersports environment. Sessions include dealing with personal safety, resuscitation, bleeding, broken bones and casualty management. Some practical scenarios will be covered.

RYA Radar

The course gives a full grounding in the use of radar on pleasure vessels, including the basics of how radar works and its limitations, the various controls on a typical radar set, adjustments and tuning, and how to use radar effectively for target identification and collision avoidance.

Upcoming training events include:

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  • Mark Dixon


    I would just like to offer my thanks to Mark your course instructor for teaching me some very valuable information during my attendance on the Essential navigation and seamanship course. Mark was a very good tutor and i learned a considerable amount of very useful information. i would also like to sign up for the VHF Marine radio course when one becomes available. Many Thanks Mark D

    • Hi Mark,

      Thanks very much for your kind comments and I’m pleased to hear that you found the course useful. I’m working to get enough students to run a VHF Radio Course and will keep you up to date on progress. We hope that your boating plans go well and that we will see more of you at the NWCC in the future.

      Regards, Mark Godwin

  • Sally Fishlock

    Will you be running any VHF courses soon please?

    Thank you

  • Martin Aherne


    I very recently passed my competent crew course. I’m now looking for sailing opportunities to practice my sailing. Do you offer any sailing days to help me practice my new skills? My new found friends from the course are also interested so i might have another one or two people if it would help with numbers?

    Thanks either way


    • Hi Martin, thank you for getting in touch and congratulations on passing the course. We run a lot of events throughout the year, including single day events such as last weekend’s May pursuit race, the upcoming Family cruise on June 10th and the ‘Big One’ race on June 24th. Your best bet is to pop into the Clubhouse when it is open (it is generally busier over the weekends or on one of the social event evenings) and have a chat with whoever is around.

  • Jill murphy

    We are interested in doing the day skipper practical course and have already done the theory course. Do you do this and if so when?
    Thanks jill and Pete murphy

    • Hi Jill / Pete, many thanks for getting in touch about training. I have passed your query on to our chief instructor who will get back to you.

    • Hi Jill and Pete, we run Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory Courses, but not the Practical Courses, so I’m afraid that we can’t help you this time. You should be able to find places on a Day Skipper Practical at one of the Sailing Schools in the Conwy area.

      We expect to run a VHF DSC Radio Course in April or May. If this is of interest to you, please let me know.


  • Andrew Price

    Morning, I am interested in one of your courses but I am self employed and sometimes get called out over the weekend, if i was to enrol for one of the courses but then missed a day due to work, would there be a way of catching up?

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