teacher. Prospective sea training students can receive online tuition and examination from the comfort of their own homes thanks to the online training courses available from Mendez Marine.
Based on the River Hamble in Hampshire, with access to the Solent, the Mendez Marine training centre offers a wide range of RYA training courses covering essential skills such as navigation at sea and first aid and safety when out on a boat, as well as powerboat training at various levels and general boat handling instruction. However, by also offering online courses Mendez Marine are able to reach a whole new audience who might otherwise have never had access to professional RYA training.
"It's not always possible for people to attend a five day training course", said Jon Mendez, Director. "Our online training facility is perfect for those who want to be able to study in their own time and from the comfort of their own home". The Motorboat and Yachting magazine columnist says that demand is very high for the online training offerings, particularly the RYA Day Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster theory courses which cover seamanship basics, navigation and pilotage essentials and weather forecasting among other topics.
Unlike some distance learning courses the RYA online theory courses (http://www.mendezmarine.co.uk/
Students on the online training courses receive an RYA pack containing course essentials such as the RYA almanac, course notes, necessary charts and plotter, ensuring they’ve got everything they need to complete the home-based training at their own pace.
Those who successfully complete the theory courses will then be able to take the practical courses required for the associated RYA certificates, ensuring students are fully equipped for safe navigation and boat handling in coastal waters and offshore.
Jon Mendez is a respected authority on powerboats and RYA training and has more than 15 years of experience teaching professionally. As well as his regular articles in Motorboat and Yachting magazine Jon is also the author of RYA Start Powerboating and the RYA Day Skipper Handbook – Motor. He spent three years as the RYA’s chief motor and powerboat instructor before setting up Mendez Marine.