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The Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre (JSASTC) provides training for Hornet members who are serving in the Armed Forces.

Training for other Hornet members can be arrange through the Army Offshore Sailing Centre (AOSC) at Fort Blockhouse. All instruction is carried out by RYA qualified instructors. Costs for the courses are kept to a minimum as there are no charges for either the classroom facilities or the instructors' time. Students have only to pay for the RYA course packs which are a requirement for the course undertaken. Full syllabus details are provided in the RYA booklet "Sail Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme (G158)" or at

Training at AOSC:

RYA Shorebased Courses

The AOSC is accredited to run the following RYA shorebased courses:

  • Basic Navigation and Safety
  • Day Skipper
  • Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore
  • Yachtmaster Ocean
  • Short Range Radio Certificate
  • Sea Survival ISAF Course
  • Diesel Engine
  • First Aid

RYA Practical Courses

The ASOC is accredited to run the following RYA practical courses:

  • Start Yachting
  • Competent Crew
  • Day Skipper
  • Yachtmaster Coastal

Certificates of Competence

Assessments for the following certificates of competence can be carried out:

  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
  • International Certificate of Competence CEVNI

The assessments for RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore are practical and carried out at sea. This can be done in members' own boats. The RYAYachtmaster Ocean examination involves the presentation of sights and an interview with a RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Examiner. The examination fee is payable to the RYA.

Individual Instruction

HSSC offers own boat tuition at no cost. Volunteer Instructors will embark in members' boats to teach and advise on any aspect of sailing required. Depending on the subject, instruction can be carried out alongside or at sea where practical demonstrations and practice is required. Normally a day or half a day's instruction should be allowed for individuals to learn the evolution or skill before practicing in their own time.

The 2023 Training Programme is available below.

For further information contact:

Phil Brown, Chief Instructor Army Offshore Sailing Centre



Last updated 11:05 on 27 March 2024

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