We are streamlining the core theory courses. We have been running RYA (the Royal Yachting Association) theory courses and FNA (the Finnish Navigation Association) theory courses separately during falls and springs.

The corresponding levels of RYA and FNA theory courses are:

Inshore level, background knowledge for Inshore Skipper practical courses:

  • RYA Day Skipper theory
  • FNA Inshore Navigation theory

Coastal level, background knowledge for Coastal Skipper practical courses:

  • RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory
  • FNA Coastal Navigation theory

During fall 2017, we are merging the core theory courses, and running one inshore level and one coastal level course instead of four separate courses. The principle is that the NFA course is embedded in the corresponding RYA course. This means local Finnish and Baltic specific content will be added to RYA courses.

RYA Day Skipper Theory including the following extra items: (1) FNA-based Inshore Navigation in Finland and (2) option to take FNA Inshore Navigation exam.

  • The next course starts on Saturday 21 October 2017.

RAY Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory including the following extra items: (1) FNA-based Coastal Navigation in the Baltic and (2) option to take FNA Coastal Navigation exam.

  • The next course starts on Sunday 29 October 2017.

Please see the course calendar for course details.

The merging of correspondent RYA and FNA courses aims at producing enhanced contents and reduce the administrative burden to run partly overlapping courses.

For more background information, there are four notable differences in RYA and FNA theory courses:

1. RYA theory courses are wider in their scope. They cover subjects in navigation, seamanship, and safety. The courses provide necessary background knowledge for cruising yacht and motor boat skippers. FNA courses focus almost entirely on the navigation side.

2. RYA courses handle all relevant topics at both basic and advanced levels. For example, the inshore level course introduces weather and electronic navigation. Later, the coastal level course provides the full knowledge on these topics. In contrast, FNA leaves out many topics from the inshore level course.

3. FNA courses provide insight to local navigational and regulatory conditions in Finland, and more generally, in the Baltic Sea. RYA courses provide methods and tools that are applicable everywhere in the world.

4. Exams. We have complete freedom to decide the exam dates for the RYA theory courses. FNA exam dates are given to us by the FNA, and there are only two exam dates per year, one in April and one in December.