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Which Online or Classroom Course For You?

Our theory courses are split into four groups:

  • Online theory courses – as the name suggests the following courses can be taken in comfort anywhere you wish with internet access. Courses available are: RYA VHF DSC Radio, PPR Professional Practice and Responsibilities, CEVNI test for Inland waterways, RYA Essential Navigation, RYA Online Day Skipper, Coastal / Yachtmaster® and Ocean Yachtmaster® courses.  NB if you want to commercially endorse your Day skipper or Yachtmaster® qualification you will need to arrange to have your on-line exam adjudicated.  This can be arranged at the Mendez Marine office for a small fee. 
  • Classroom based theory courses: those available are RYA Essential Navigation, Day Skipper, Coastal / Yachtmaster® and Ocean Yachtmaster® courses, based here or at Hamble School of Yachting.  Classroom Courses allow you to learn with other students and under the guidance of a qualified shore based instructor.
  • One Day classroom support course such as: First Aid, VHF / DSC Radio, Diesel Engine Maintenance, Sea Survival and Radar.
  • The MCA STCW 95 basic training consists of 4 elements: Personal Survival Techniques  (STCW95 Reg VI/1 Section A-VI/1 para 2.1.1) – 1 day, Fire Fighting & Fire Prevention (STCW95 Reg VI/1 Section A-VI/1 para 2.1.2) – 2 days, Elementary First Aid (STCW95 Reg VI/1 Section A-VI/1 para 2.1.3) – 1 day, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (STCW95 Reg VI/1 Section A-VI/1 para 2.1.4) – 1 day.


Classroom courses held at Mendez Marine are more expensive per person than our competitors as we limit classroom numbers to 4 to ensure that students receive the maximum support from the instructor with the opportunity to focus on individual areas of weakness and learning styles.  Having a solid foundation in theory will ensure that you will have the best learning experience when you move on to your practical boat handling courses.

Still not sure which course is for you? Please give us a call to discuss the right path for you, alternatively contact us via the website.

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