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RYA First Aid Certificate

There is no other one-day first-aid certificate designed specifically for sailing which concentrates on all the safety aspects of sailing, and yet which is acceptable to anyone from beginner to commercial yachtmaster instructors.

You will learn and practice resuscitation, to deal with all emergencies afloat, and become safe in the knowledge that you can do it - you can save a life!  You will learn about cold water shock, sudden immersion and secondary drowning as well as the dangers of hypothermia.  There is no external examination but you need to demonstrate competence in resuscitation.  Up-dates are also arranged.  Any size group from 1 to 24.
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RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

The Day Skipper course assumes no knowledge of sailing or experience of boat handling- but of course it helps.  You will learn:

  • the different methods of how to find your position at sea
  • how to work out your course sailed
  • how to get to your destination using the effects of wind and tide
  • how to plan day-time passages and calculate the height of tides
  • the art of pilotage including port signals, lights on boats and on buoys
  • buoyage, the rules of the road
  • to interpret weather forecasts
  • boat structure and other aspects of boat safety
  • the latest navigation aids
  • to use the computer packages in class.
In short, everything you need to know as a skipper of your boat for short daytime cruises.
This course is ideal as preparation for chartering and is a requirement before taking the Day Skipper practical course.  It is a five day course and a very popular option is for one day a week over 5 weeks.  However, it can be tailored to your personal requirements.

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RYA DoT Yachtmaster Ocean

Everyone’s dream to sail off into the blue?  You will find where you are without using GPS. Back to basics using a sextant.  This new course run by PanPan can be taken over five consecutive days, or five separate days over some weeks or other combinations to suit you.

You will learn how to navigate by the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars. You will also cover ocean currents and world weather and everything necessary for you to plan a successful ocean crossing.  
No heavy mathematics is required and all the necessary tables are included in the course pack.  Although a sextant is not required for the course, you will be shown how to adjust one and to apply the appropriate corrections from sights.
It is a demanding but very satisfying course.  Class sizes are small.
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VHF DSC Short Range Certificate

All small boat-owners and anyone purchasing a new or replacement VHF set for their boat require this certificate to operate a VHF DSC set.  Even if all you do is crew or charter boats, everyone should to take this course since in an emergency the skipper may not available to operate the set!

The course lasts for eight hours and it can be run for individuals, small groups or larger ones up to 16.  PanPan run these courses locally in Croydon, but travel as far as Blakeney in Norfolk to provide them.

The practical work is assessed continuously but there is a written examination paper which also has to be passed.  Certification is by the RYA and a separate examination fee is charged for this.  Pre-course reading makes for a more successful course and PanPan can recommend and provide materials for this.

We provide vital radio-technique using radio simulators for all emergency or routine procedures afloat.  You will learn all about operating your set, and practice these techniques for a wide variety of situations afloat, and use computers for the DSC operation.

A four-hour course is available for holders of the old VHF Operators Restricted Certificate of Competence to enable the use of the DSC controller. It is necessary to provide the old certificate as evidence before a new certificate can be awarded.

From September 2003 HM Coastguard ceased to maintain a dedicated listening watch on Channel 16. In busy times this means that the only way of being able to be certain of your distress call being heard is by using a digital VHF radio and sending a DSC Distress Alert. The new SRC course in now an imperative for all small boat sailors. Time to replace our old VHF sets with new digital ones?
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RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster

This shorebased course is designed to follow on from the Day Skipper Course, although you may take this directly if you feel you have enough experience.  The theory extends that of the Day Skipper and incorporates boat stability and more detail on the use of the GPS in navigation.  You will learn everything necessary to skipper your boat by day and night on longer coastal and offshore passages.

Normally the course takes the equivalent of 7 days, but as with the Day Skipper, it can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Having successfully passed this course you will become a more safe and competent skipper and will have the necessary knowledge to enable you to take the RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore practical examinations.
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International Certificate of Competence

We can prepare you for this on your own boat and arrange the practical test for you.
The CEVNI regulations are for your home study.
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Navigation Refresher

If you have been sailing some time but need brushing up on basic techniques before taking a practical exam, then PanPan Sailing School can provide you with just that. Half-day courses are probably the best, but if you need more time, then ask- we can provide exactly what you require. We can even do the navigation refresher on your own boat if you have the facilities. You say what you wish to cover and we can provide. What more can you ask?
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Ocean Yachtmaster

This is now a well-found part of our courses offered. In small, friendly classes we help you to get to grips with using the sextant. We take you through the navigation tables in an easy but thorough manner. We also use calculator methods to check your position. We have 100 percent success on our ocean examinations. All you need is an ocean to cross, the necessary mileage, to write up you log and you will be ready for the practical assessment!
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DSC VHF Short Range Certificate by examination

if you have read the books and are thoroughly prepared to simply take the practical and theory examinations, then we can provide you with this too. But there is a minimum standard and direct examination should only be considered if you have had sufficient experience of using a VHF using the recommended procedures.
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First Aid Generic

If you wish a first-aid course to simply cover the basics of resuscitation and shock and how to adapt these techniques for babies and children, then the generic course can be the one for you to choose. It will not however deal with emergencies afloat or situations at sea. It is a course that can be tailored to your requirements.
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GPS Familiarisation

Are you thinking of introducing a new GPS or a Chart Plotter for your boat? We can help you there as well. This new course will cover all the basics of the GPS, from the satellite system to setting up your set. We will teach you how to get the best out of your set and how to incorporate it alongside traditional navigation methods. There have already been too many accidents caused by too much reliance of the GPS without checking its reliability. Navigators on large and small vessels have fallen into the trap of relying too heavily in the GPS. We can also help you understand the new electronic navigation techniques, and how to incorporate the electronic chart with your GPS and the traditional paper chart.
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Electronic Charting

We are setting up an agency to sell you Admiralty Raster electronic charts. You will be able to try them out on our computers before deciding to purchase.
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We can now provide tuition for the International Certificate of Competence for sail and power. The theory is covered in one day and practical tuition can take place on your own boat for sail or power. This course is suitable for people who have some sailing experience but are not at present able to take a practical Day Skipper course at a sea school. The examination is undertaken at a RYA Sea School after the course, or at the end of the practical day.
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Because we are a small school and we take great pride in providing a flexible and tailor-made course for individuals and small groups, we do not operate a one-price-fits-all policy. We prefer groups of 4 on navigation courses, but will always try to provide an attractive price for two or one in a class. We may not always be the cheapest, but we set out to be the best. Please ask for our current pricing policy.
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Diesel Engine Maintenance

This one-day course is designed for the non-technical boat owner to understand the basics of small diesel engines, normal running procedures and maintenance. It particularly emphasises engine checks to sort out common engine faults and procedures to get you home safely in the event of engine failure. A prime aim of the course is to try and prevent the normal breakdowns that result from inadequate maintenance or understanding. The course covers small diesel and larger turbo-assisted engine. You will learn how to change filters and impellers in a practical hands-on way. An attendance certificate will be issued at the end of the course.

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In one day you will learn the basics of operating a small-boat radar set for navigating in day, night and in poor visibility. This is of great importance when considering using your radar set is the busy shipping of the Channel. All the work is done on a computer simulator but the techniques learned will be very similar to that on your boat. It is a non-technical course, deigned for the beginner in using radar. An attendance certificate will be issued at the end of the course.

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