FTA Theory Exam

There is a special online theory module to prepare students to take the new 2020 FTA Theory exam.

The online theory module covers “the knowledge” that you will need to know to pass the exam.

“The Knowledge”

The “knowledge” that you will need to know to get a FTA Small Boat Licence ensures that you competent knowledge to perform the duties and safety conduct yourself and your boat in UAE waters.

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The “knowledge” includes:

  • Boating Terms
  • Parts of the boat
  • Personal Buoyancy and Clothing
  • Rope Work & Knots
  • Overview of Collision Regulations
  • Rules of the road – identification shapes and lights
  • Rules of the road – sound signals
  • Rules of the road – actions to take to avoid collision
  • Buoyage
  • Man over board (MOB)
  • Safety Equipment
  • Safety and planning
  • Charts and chart symbols
  • Anchoring
  • Leaving and coming alongside
  • Difficult conditions
  • Travelling at speed
  • Propellers
  • Lifesaving and communication signals
  • Safety Briefing
  • Boat and engine maintenance
  • Refueling your boat
  • Protecting the environment
  • Weather and local forecasts
  • Preparing the boat
  • Trailer Launch & Recovery
  • GPS and Chart Plotters

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More info on the online module

The buoyage system which is made up of ten categories of coloured buoys, lights and distinctive markers to show where the edge of the channel is, where the isolated dangers are, where the safe water is and where the special areas are for say swimming or even military explosive practice areas.

Coastal Marine Knowledge online learning course

We cover safety briefings – after all, these days most people have travelled by aeroplane and expect a safety briefing before takeoff. Imagine what you would think of a pilot that did not give a safety briefing?

The is a special section on the international COLREGS or “anti” collision regulations and the special identification lights that various commercial and military vessel exhibit.

As Captain of a small boat in UAE waters with a FTA small boat licence you will need to know who “gives way to who” and also “!who stands on”.

What kind of actions should be taken to avoid a collision?

You need to know what responsibilities “every” vessel at sea has. Ignorance of the rules is not a defence.

Essential knowledge of chartwork and the symbols on the chart are described and many examples are given to properly prepare the small boat captain of dangers and safe areas that exist within the navigational area.


Do you know your knots? We provide a section that shows the common knots used at sea and their uses.

Captain’s Knowledge

There is a lot of content in the FTA Online Theory Preparation module and this is to help you protect the safety of your vessel, crew and passengers. Within the module there is is information available , however should you you get stuck, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team – we are always happy to help.


Q and A

Q I have been on the sea for ever, do I need this training?

A These modules are for “learning” the subject and are useful if they are new to you or  you are just brushing up and refreshing your existing knowledge as seasoned sailors.

Q How do I know if I have learnt enough to site the FTA Test?

These modules are like a mini quiz – great to check and consolidate what you have just learned. You can use these mini quiz’s to check your knowledge and have your own monthly refresher challenges!

You can come back as often as you wish and do a quiz to re-freshen your knowledge or catch up on new techniques and information.

Q How long with this module take to learn?

 A There is about a days worth of learning to do including watching the videos on our own Coastal Safety Youtube Channel

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Select the “buy now” button below and also enter the email address that you wish to use as your “username” to enter the system –  a password and log on details will be emailed to you separately from our office – usually same day, however could be upto two working days.

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