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RYA Marine Radio (SRC) Course

Upcoming courses

Course costs £65 & £60* cheque made to RYA for licence *

The additional payment of £60  (payable to the RYA by cheque, debit or credit card) and a passport photo will be required on the day of the course for those wishing to sit the exam and on passing, be issued the VHF/SRC Operators Licence.

Our next course will be on October 19th (2 evenings & Sat morning exam) 2017. (Choose the appropriate month from our full training calendar below):


  • 24th October 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 7th November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 14th November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 21st November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 28th November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 5th December 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 12th December 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 19th December 2017
    19:00 - 22:00

An RYA Yachtmaster™ needs a wealth of knowledge, not only to cope with plain sailing or motor cruising but also to be able to cope in demanding situations. RYA qualifications, in particular the RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore and Yachtmaster™ Ocean Certificates of Competence, are recognised and respected around the world. Qualification as a RYA Yachtmaster™ is the (more…)

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  • Essential Navigation Skills & Seamanship Training
    26th October 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • Essential Navigation Skills & Seamanship Training
    2nd November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • Essential Navigation Skills & Seamanship Training
    9th November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • Essential Navigation Skills & Seamanship Training
    16th November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00

CANCELLED We hope to run and advertise another course in the New Year     (more…)


  • 28th October 2017 - 29th October 2017
    09:00 - 17:00

28th & 29th October 2017 This is a two-day course which provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.   (more…)


  • 28th October 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 4th November 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 11th November 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 18th November 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 25th November 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 2nd December 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 9th December 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 16th December 2017
    13:30 - 16:30

Laser Performance Training will commence on Saturday 30th September 2017 at 1330 hrs – 1630hrs for 12 weeks. This course is open to all Laser fleet. Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial class are particularly welcome. This instruction will look at the theory of performance sailing and applying it in a practical series of on water (more…)


  • 28th October 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 4th November 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 11th November 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 18th November 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 25th November 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 2nd December 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 9th December 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 16th December 2017
    13:00 - 16:00

Topper Performance Training will commence at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Saturday 30th September at 1300 to 1600 running for 12 weeks. This course will look at the theory of performance sailing and applying it in a practical series of on water exercises, which will build confidence and sailing techniques. Our coaching team will be led (more…)


  • Part 1 Race 5
    29th October 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 6
    5th November 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 7
    12th November 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 8
    19th November 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 9
    26th November 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 10
    3rd December 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 11
    10th December 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 12
    17th December 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 1
    4th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 2
    11th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 3
    18th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 4
    25th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 5
    4th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 6
    11th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 7
    18th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 8
    25th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 9
    8th April 2018
    14:30 - 16:30

Sponsored by Ireland’s largest open series returns this winter with the Ballyholme Yacht Club Danskebank Private Banking Icebreaker Series. Twenty-one races from Sunday 1st October to 8th April will see some of Ireland’s top dinghy sailors compete in a variety of dinghy classes with four separate starts. Registration will be open from 13:00 with the (more…)


  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 November 2017
    25th November 2017 - 26th November 2017
    09:30 - 17:00

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.


  • 16th December 2017 - 17th December 2017
    09:00 - 18:00

16 & 17th December 2017 This is a two-day course which provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.   (more…)

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call. All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination. Course topics include:

  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

The course will be taught using radio simulators and will be examined by a short written test. What you need to bring:

  • notebook & pen
  • Passport photo and cheque to the RYA for £60 if you want to do the exam to get your licence

To apply: Book online or contact office@ballyholme.com

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