Welcome to Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School
WELCOME TO RYA ONLINE LEARNING FROM BISHAM ABBEY SAILING AND NAVIGATION SCHOOL
Our RYA Training Centre is based within Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, located on the banks of the River Thames just outside Marlow in Buckinghamshire. Established in 1991 the School is a RYA recognised training centre run by Roy and Jan May. The School Principal is Tom Sowerby. Over the past 22 years we have won awards for both our training and our customer service. We are now extending our ethos of customer centered, professional tuition to your front room! By using the RYA Interactive e-learning platform we are able to deliver, VHF DSC Radio, Essential Navigation and Seamanship and CEVNI courses online. This proven interactive platform combined with our dedicated team of expert Instructors just a phone call or mouse click away makes an enjoyable learning experience even easier for you to access.
We also offer a wide range of RYA courses, both practical and shorebased theory at our centre in Bisham Abbey. From our newly refurbished riverside classroom we run beginners' dinghy sailing for children and adults to shore-based theory Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean; all the add-on courses that you would expect, i.e. VHF, GMDSS, First Aid, Diesel Engine and Radar plus practical motor boat handling courses including Inland Waterways Helmsman course (IWHC), Inland Waterways Crew course (IWCC), Powerboat Level 1 & 2, the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), CEVNI test and RYA / MCA Basic Sea Survival / Water Safety. We run the two day shore-based theory RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course aimed at the complete novice, and also have examiners authorised to carry out Boat Safety Scheme inspections.
We also carry out extensive training for maritime professionals, for example the MCA Fire Safety course. This one day course is a Marine Coastguard Boatmaster Licence ancillary course as are the RYA First Aid and RYA / MCA Basic Sea Survival / Water Safety courses, invaluable for the professional and non-professional helmsman. We are also now offering Dutch Barge Experience Days - spend a day on our 17metre Luxemotor Dutch Barge 'Le Coq'. You will be able to try your hand at steering our barge and crewing (whilst under instruction) and also find out about buying and owning your own dutch barge.