Yacht­ing - Sail Cruis­ing, Motor Cruis­ing, Power­boat, Nav­i­ga­tion & Sea­man­ship Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and Training

RYA

The RYA is the national body for all forms of boat­ing, includ­ing dinghy and yacht rac­ing, motor and sail cruis­ing, RIBs and sports boats, power­boat rac­ing, wind­surf­ing, inland cruis­ing and nar­row­boats, and per­sonal watercraft.

RYA train­ing is for­ward think­ing and designed for what­ever level of skill, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and knowl­edge you want to achieve. RYA deliv­ers over 100 courses to pro­fes­sional and recre­ational boaters, which are right up to date with safety issues, reg­u­la­tions, and emerg­ing trends.

There are over 2,200 RYA rec­og­nized train­ing cen­ters in more than 44 coun­tries; 22,000 RYA instruc­tors across the world; 15,000 pro­fes­sion­als work­ing on com­mer­cial ves­sels using RYA Cer­tifi­cates of Com­pe­tence; 155,000 peo­ple com­plet­ing RYA courses every year; Over 300,000 expert RYA pub­li­ca­tions are added each year to the per­sonal libraries of recre­ational and pro­fes­sional boaters; and Over 100 pro­fes­sional and recre­ational courses on the water, in the class­room and online.

RYA works closely with Gov­ern­ments and offi­cial orga­ni­za­tions and is given the respon­si­bil­ity for issu­ing cer­tifi­cates of com­pe­tence by the British Gov­ern­ment through the Mar­itime and Coast­guard Agency (MCA), an agency of the Depart­ment of Transport.

Training Programs

Sail Cruis­ing

  • Start Yacht­ing (2 days): : A short intro­duc­tion to sail­ing for com­plete begin­ners. By the end of the course you will have expe­ri­enced steer­ing a yacht, sail han­dling, rope­work and be aware of safety on board.
  • Com­pe­tent Crew (5 days): This course is for begin­ners and those who would like to become active crew mem­bers rather than just pas­sen­gers. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, han­dle sails, keep a look­out, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board. You should also have vis­ited some inter­est­ing places and had an enjoy­able holiday.
  • Day Skip­per (5 days): A course for aspir­ing skip­pers with some yacht­ing expe­ri­ence and basic nav­i­ga­tion and sail­ing skills. Learn to skip­per a short pas­sage with the instruc­tor on hand to give advice and encour­age­ment and ensure your safety. Expe­ri­ence being in charge, tak­ing credit when it all goes well and being respon­si­ble when it doesn’t.
  • Coastal Skip­per (5 days): Advanced skip­per­ing tech­niques for yachts­men and women with con­sid­er­able knowl­edge of sail­ing and nav­i­ga­tion, want­ing to under­take coastal pas­sages by day and night. Coastal Skip­pers should be able to under­take more dif­fi­cult pas­sages by day and night and han­dle the yacht in more demand­ing con­di­tions. By the end of the course you should have the knowl­edge, if not the expe­ri­ence, to become a Yachtmaster.
  • Yacht­mas­ter (Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­tence): An RYA Yacht­mas­ter Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­tence is often the ulti­mate aim of aspir­ing skip­pers. It is a well known, highly respected qual­i­fi­ca­tion world­wide, prov­ing your expe­ri­ence and com­pe­tence as a skip­per. Unlike other courses in the cruis­ing pro­gram, there is no for­mal train­ing to com­plete in order to become a Yacht­mas­ter. Instead, pro­vided that you have suf­fi­cient expe­ri­ence and seatime, you can put your­self for­ward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge.

Motor Cruis­ing

  • Helms­man (2 days): A two-​day course cov­er­ing basic boat han­dling, engine checks and safety. This course is ideal for new own­ers con­scious of the dif­fi­culty and haz­ards of boat han­dling in the marina. It is use­ful for crews as well as skip­pers. Apart from the obvi­ous safety ben­e­fits of extra boat han­dlers on board, it adds inter­est if every­one can con­tribute to the trip.
  • Day Skip­per (4 days): This course can also help you get the best from your mod­ern elec­tronic aids such as GPS and radar, which are now vir­tu­ally stan­dard equip­ment on mod­ern motor cruis­ers. Before attend­ing the course you should be able to nav­i­gate and are well advised to attend the RYA Day Skip­per shore­based course to brush up on your skills.
  • Coastal Skip­per (5 days): For the more ambi­tious skip­per to improve their skills, take charge and learn to make full use of the boat on longer, more com­plex pas­sages. Before tak­ing this course it is vir­tu­ally essen­tial to have attended the equiv­a­lent shore­based course, to ensure that time is not wasted teach­ing the­ory on board.
  • Yacht­mas­ter (Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­tence): An RYA Yacht­mas­ter Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­tence is often the ulti­mate aim of aspir­ing skip­pers. It is a well known, highly respected qual­i­fi­ca­tion world­wide, prov­ing your expe­ri­ence and com­pe­tence as a skip­per. Unlike other courses in the cruis­ing pro­gram, there is no for­mal train­ing to com­plete in order to become a Yacht­mas­ter. Instead, pro­vided that you have suf­fi­cient expe­ri­ence and seatime, you can put your­self for­ward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge.

Nav­i­ga­tion & Sea­man­ship Theory

  • Essen­tial Nav­i­ga­tion & Sea­man­ship course: This course is for any­one inter­ested in sail­ing, motor boat­ing, sea angling or div­ing, and works well in com­ple­ment­ing the on-​the-​water train­ing, such as the Power­boat Level 2, Start Yacht­ing and Helms­man courses. This is a highly infor­ma­tive course with lots of oppor­tu­ni­ties for you to put your new found knowl­edge into prac­tice. If you decide to take the course online, you will find many inter­ac­tive exer­cises to help rein­force the infor­ma­tion and lots of chances to try out what you’ve learned. Also avail­able online too through the RYA Inter­ac­tive e-​learning site (6 hours).
  • Day Skip­per: A com­pre­hen­sive intro­duc­tion to cruis­ing for inex­pe­ri­enced skip­pers. This course equips you with enough knowl­edge to nav­i­gate around famil­iar waters by day. A basic knowl­edge of lights is also included to intro­duce you to night cruis­ing. The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be cov­ered as a series of short ses­sions, as an inten­sive week-​long course, or by dis­tance learning.
  • Coastal Skip­per /​Yacht­mas­ter Off­shore: Advanced train­ing for more expe­ri­enced skip­pers build­ing on the Day Skip­per course. This course equips you to nav­i­gate safely on coastal and off­shore pas­sages. It allows some time for revi­sion of the basics and then moves on to advanced nav­i­ga­tion tech­niques. The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. It can be cov­ered as a series of short ses­sions, as an inten­sive week-​long course, or by dis­tance learning.
  • Yacht­mas­ter Ocean: This course is for those aspir­ing to blue water cruis­ing and is ideal for hold­ers of theY­acht­mas­ter Off­shore cer­tifi­cate who are prepar­ing for their first ocean pas­sage. If you are work­ing towards your Yacht­mas­ter Ocean Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­tence, com­ple­tion of this shore­based course exempts you from the writ­ten exam. The course is taught over 40 hours with one exam paper. It can be cov­ered as a series of short ses­sions, as an inten­sive week-​long course, or by dis­tance learning.

Power­boat

  • Power­boat Level 1 (1 day): This course is an intro­duc­tion to boat­ing tech­niques for launch­ing and recov­er­ing a boat from a road trailer, every­day boat han­dling and the use of safety equip­ment. It can either be taken as a stand-​alone course or inte­grated into the two-​day Level course.
  • Power­boat Level 2 (2 days): This two-​day course pro­vides the skills and back­ground knowl­edge needed to drive a power­boat and is the basis of the Inter­na­tional Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­tence. It includes close quar­ters han­dling, high speed manoeu­vres, man over­board recov­ery and col­li­sion reg­u­la­tions. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your cer­tifi­cate will be endorsed accordingly.
  • Power­boat Inter­me­di­ate (2 days): This course cov­ers the prac­ti­cal use of pilotage and pas­sage plan­ning by day on coastal waters using both tra­di­tional and elec­tronic nav­i­ga­tional tech­niques. Dur­ing the two days you also cover more advanced boat han­dling. It is rec­om­mended for any­one con­sid­er­ing mov­ing on to the Advanced course.
  • Power­boat Advanced (2 days includ­ing at least 1 night nav­i­ga­tion exer­cise): This course is for leisure and pro­fes­sional boaters want­ing to under­take more adven­tur­ous trips. It includes nav­i­ga­tion by day and night, weather and other aspects of skip­per­ing a small boat on more chal­leng­ing pas­sages in coastal waters. Any­body under­tak­ing this course must have the prac­ti­cal skills of the Inter­me­di­ate course and knowl­edge of nav­i­ga­tion to at least the stan­dard of the Day Skip­per shore­based course.
  • Safety Boat(2 days): This two-​day course pro­vides the skills required when act­ing as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, wind­surfers or canoes, or for rac­ing or train­ing activ­i­ties. It includes res­cue tech­niques and ele­ments of race man­age­ment and mark laying.

Spe­cial­ist Short Courses

  • Diesel Engine (1 day): A one-​day begin­ners’ course to help you pre­vent and solve diesel engine fail­ure. This course teaches you how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and main­te­nance pro­ce­dures, and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown.
  • Marine Radio Short Range Cer­tifi­cate (1 day): A one-​day course for any­one who owns a fixed or hand-​held marine VHF radio. The Short Range Cer­tifi­cate is the min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tion required by law to con­trol the oper­a­tion of VHF and VHF Dig­i­tal Selec­tive Call­ing (DSC) equip­ment on any British flagged ves­sel vol­un­tar­ily fit­ted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equip­ment using Inter­na­tional channels.
  • Radar (1 day): A one-​day course giv­ing you an under­stand­ing of radar as an aid to nav­i­ga­tion and col­li­sion avoid­ance. Cruis­ing boats increas­ingly have radar on board. The Inter­na­tional Reg­u­la­tions for the Pre­ven­tion of Col­li­sions at Sea state that if you have a radar, you must know how to use it.
  • Sea Sur­vival (1 day): A one-​day course for any­one going to sea, pro­vid­ing an under­stand­ing of how to use the safety equip­ment on board your boat. An impor­tant part of the course is a prac­ti­cal ses­sion in a swim­ming pool. Expe­ri­ence first hand the prob­lems of enter­ing an unco­op­er­a­tive lif­er­aft and assist­ing oth­ers while fully kit­ted out in wet weather gear and a lifejacket.
  • Off­shore Safety : Train­ing for recre­ational and rac­ing skip­pers and crews who encounter rough weather and prob­lems at sea. At the end of the course you will have a good knowl­edge of the safety equip­ment car­ried on small boats and the sea­man­ship tech­niques needed to sur­vive at sea in heavy weather.
  • First Aid (1 day): The one-​day course cov­ers all the usual first aid sub­jects, but from a boat­ing per­spec­tive. It is aimed at any­one who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estu­ar­ies or on cross chan­nel passages.

Inland Water­ways

  • Inland Water­ways Helmsman’s Course (1 or 2 days): This course is for any­one want­ing to cruise the UK’s inland water­ways or Europe’s exten­sive net­work of lakes, rivers and canals. It deals specif­i­cally with the require­ments of the inland boater, whether they be a nar­row boat owner or cruiser enthu­si­ast. It assumes no prior knowl­edge and so is ideal for the first timer, yet the more sea­soned boater will learn plenty of tricks of the trade and tips to make their boat­ing safer and more enjoy­able. It is a hands-​on course with min­i­mal theory.

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