Is Seamotion an RYA Training Centre, and what does that mean?
It is important that any school you consider training with is recognised by the RYA. To give you peace of mind that we are, you can check on the RYA website here. It is important that you only use an RYA Recognised Training Centre, because:
- RYA Centres are inspected annually to ensure they meet minimum safety standards, hold appropriate insurance and their equipment is in good condition and meet RYA and MCA (Maritime and Coactguard Agency) requirements.
- You are getting an appropriately qualified and experienced instructor who has been trained to teach, and deliver the RYA system in a way that suits your style of learning.
- The courses being delivered are recognised internationally for their quality and professionalism. Some of the courses can even be endorsed to be used commercially, and are used by many boating organistions.
Do you ever cancel due to poor weather?
Usually our courses start at 10am each day and finish around teatime. The advanced course will also have an evening/night time exercise on the first day. Exact finish time will depend on what we have covered, which may be affected by the weather and number and ability of students.
How do I know your boat has the recommended safety equipment?
Our boat is ‘coded’ by the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) to operate in Category 4 and Category 3(Restricted) waters. This means it has been inspected by an MCA Surveyor and been issued with a license to operate 20 nautical miles from a safe haven during daylight and 10 nautical miles from a safe haven at night. Take a look here for further information.
How experienced are your instructors and skippers?
Mike Shepherd, our RYA Principal is an Advanced Powerboat Instructor, VHF Marine Radio Assessor and Shorebased Instructor. He has worked his whole life in the outdoor sector and has a wide range of experience.
Other instructors and skippers we use are selected for their experience and knowledge of the local area we powerboat in.
I have my own boat, can I do a course in that?
Of course! It is important if you are buying your own boat that you know how to operate it effectively, and so we can run own boat tuition. See here for further details.
Additionally if you are wanting advice on how to equip it or maintain it then we would be happy to help, so just contact us.
Is there any recommended reading for each course?
Each course page has some pre-course reading that the RYA recommends. If you are unsure you could always contact us and we can advise you what would be suitable for you to read before the course, in order to maximise your learning.
Is there support available for the online courses?
If you need a bit of support finishing off an online course then we are happy to help. Simply contact us and we can try and ensure you make the most of it.
There are 2 or 3 of us, can we have our own course?
If there are 2 or 3 of you then we can design something that works best for you. Contact us with your requirements and we will see what we can do.
What are your terms and conditions?
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring the following to your course:
- Waterproof clothing (we can’t dictate what the weather does so will go out in most conditions)
- Appropriate footwear – wellies or soft soled shoes (NO high heels, sandals or flip flops)
- Copies of any previous certification, and any required to attend the course. On some courses a handbook is issued as part of the course cost (see course pages), in which case this should be brought. In addition any additional reading or logbooks you have purchased.
- Notebook, pen
What if I can’t make the scheduled dates for a course?
Where do you operate practical courses?
We have two recognised training bases, Portree harbour and Balmeanach Bay. All practical courses can run from either site, and our decision of where to operate will be based on the weather conditions (Balmeanach Bay is very sheltered from northerlies), as well as how busy the harbour is (can be busy when a cruise ship is visiting).
Where do you operate theory courses?
We can run theory courses at a number of locations, however usually plan to run classroom courses from West Highland College in Portree.