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Classroom based Day Skipper, Coastal/Yachtmaster, Marine Radio & First Aid and On-line Essential Navigation & Marine Radio Courses

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The contract is between St. Thomas More Sailing and you the student.

Under Consumer Contracts Regulations you have a statuary cooling off period of 14 business days from the date you enrol, or in the case of On-line Courses receive your log on details, during which time you can cancel your purchase.

At any time during this period you can notify the St. Thomas More Sailing that you wish to cancel your contract with us and we will give a full refund including any delivery charges. The course materials must be returned unopened and undamaged and the postage paid at the students expense.

If the course materials are being returned because they are faulty then we will refund any postage costs.

Where applicable access to any On-line course material is terminated immediately.

You will not be able to claim a full refund if the course material has been damaged or if you have no proof of purchase.

We reserve the right to deduct for the net cost of any missing or damaged course materials and postage.

Terms and Conditions.


  • Payments for course fees are due, in full, at the time of enrolment.
  • Payment can be made by bank transfer or by cheque in GBP, drawn on a UK bank.
  • In the case of payment by cheque we reserve the right to allow the cheque to clear before dispatching your student pack.
  • Once payment has been made and confirmed students will receive the student pack and in the case of On-line Courses be supplied with the log in information to access the course.
  • Where applicable the student pack will be sent on the next working day and delivery to Europe is included in the course price.
  • Additional fees may be applied to addresses outside of these areas.
  • St. Thomas More Sailing will not be held responsible for any duty or expenses incurred in the country of delivery.

Course expiry

  • Within the current GDPR policy every endeavor will be made by St. Thomas More Sailing to help students achieve their aims.

Internet access

  • Students must have access to the internet and email to complete the course.


  • The course is not transferable and access is for the applicant only.


  • Where applicable please check that any free trial runs on your device before booking.
  • The On-line courses do not use a platform so work on most devices including Ipad, Iphone, PC, Mac, Android etc.
  • There some issues with the free chart plotter simulator provided by the RYA. It works on PC and Mac but not on mobile devices. It is not essential to the courses so can be worked around if a student does not have access the PC based units.

Pre course knowledge

  • Students should be at the correct level for the course being taken. No previous experience is required to take the Day Skipper theory course, Day Skipper level theory is required for the Coastal/Yachtmaster theory and Coastal/Yachtmaster theory is required before taking the RYA Ocean theory.

What we provide

  • We will provide online back up and land line telephone backup as required by each student and every endeavor will be made to help students achieve their aims.
  • We will not disclose information about students unless we are legally obliged to do so or a student has agreed in writing in advance.

Your Data

  • By enrolling you confirm that we may hold necessary business information about you including your name, address, course booking, payment and course record. No credit card information is held by St. Thomas More Sailing.
  • Your payment information is collected by “St. Thomas More Sailing” and is not passed on to any other organisation. Payment information for the purpose of logging you into the your On-line account if required will not be retained by St. Thomas More Sailing once the payment is made. in the case of RYA On-line courses your name and email address will be entered onto RYA Interactive in order to create your user account. Your postal address will be provided in order to send your student pack.
  • On completion of your course, your name and email will be retained by St. Thomas More Sailing for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows St. Thomas More Sailing to record your certification. Your Instructor will not hold any information for the purposes of student support after this date.
  • Should you not complete the course in the given time frame, your name and email will be retained by St. Thomas More Sailing for the purpose of recording details of the course. This information allows St. Thomas More Sailing to retain a record of coursework you have completed. Your Instructor will not hold any information for the purposes of student support after this date.
  • If you would like your personal data removed from St. Thomas More Sailing prior to the end of your access period or at any time before you have completed your course, you can request it by email. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it giving your name and email address and the course you would like to delete. Please note that if you request deletion of your details before you have completed your course, your access to the course and records of your progress will be lost.
  • If you would like details of your course removing from the St. Thomas More Sailing database when you have completed the course, please email your request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it giving your name and email address. Please note that removal of course details from the St. Thomas More Sailing database, means that any certification gained as a result of this course will not be verifiable by St. Thomas More Sailing, nor would St. Thomas More Sailing be able to help with a replacement certificate.
  • Full details of how St. Thomas More Sailing will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access your On-line course information.

Any contract between you and us shall be governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute.

All dealings, correspondence and contact between us and you shall be made or conducted in the English language.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of course information. However, we cannot accept any liability for errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the course content.

We continuously improve the course content and we do welcome any feedback from students which improve the quality of the course.

All material has been written and is under copyright to St. Thomas More Sailing. No part of the documents can be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) or for any purpose, without the express written permission of St. Thomas More Sailing. Course material should be treated as for any copyrighted material.


St. Thomas More Sailing Equality Policy

St. Thomas More Sailing is committed to the principle of equality of opportunity based on the RYA's Equality Policy.

For the full RYA Equality Policy, see RYA Equality Policy.

St. Thomas More Sailing aims to ensure that all present and potential participants, members, instructors, coaches, competitors, officials, volunteers and employees are treated fairly and on an equal basis, irrespective of sex, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, gender reassignment or social status. 

The RYA’s four core Values include Inclusivity – we work to ensure boating is accessible and attractive to the widest audience.  We share our expertise, work with partners and embrace diversity.

RYA affiliated organisations and recognised training centres should take equality seriously for the following reasons:

  • The human case - all participants should feel welcome, whatever their background
  • The business case – in order to maintain and increase participation, you may need to promote your organisation to a wider range of people and not rely on the traditional routes to attract new members or customers
  • The funding case – public and charitable funding bodies want to know that any grants they make to your organisation can benefit the whole community
  • The legal and financial case – if you fail to comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, you risk reputational damage and legal action on the grounds of discrimination

The RYA was the first National Governing Body to achieve the Advanced level of the Equality Standard for Sport, established by the Sports Councils as a benchmark for the governing bodies to whom they provide funding.  The award of the Advanced Standard in 2016 recognised the RYA’s commitment to increasing diversity amongst participants in sailing and boating, its staff and committees, and the progress achieved so far – but there is still more to be done.

The information and links on these web pages are provided to support your organisation.  If you have specific questions, please contact the RYA Safeguarding and Equality Manager on 023 8060 4104.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2019 10:14

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