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Getting on the water

Whether you are interested in sailing, powerboat racing, motor cruising, windsurfing or personal watercraft, the hardest thing to do is to know how to get started. Now, thanks to the RYA, finding the right training is easier than ever!

Why do I need RYA training?

From beginner to world class sailor, the RYA has a training course to suit you. Reputed to provide the best training in the world, the RYA constantly assesses the needs of leisure and professional boat users and reflects these changes in its training schemes. Whether you are after a one day personal watercraft course to master the moves, or the rigorous RYA Yachtmaster qualification, RYA training will help you get to grips with the basics, develop your skills and learn how to have fun safely on the water.

Who provides RYA Training?

You will find RYA Training Centres throughout the UK, as well as in Europe, the USA, South America and even Thailand. These are Centres that have been given approval from the RYA to runs its training courses. Thorough evaluation of the Centres makes sure that they meet with the high standards of the RYA. Not only are the Centres assessed when they apply for recognition, but also on regular intervals by independent inspectors to ensure that they continue to comply with the strict guidelines set.

How can I find a Training Centre?

You can visit the RYA website or call us on 0845 345 0384 to find out where your nearest centre is.

How can I be sure a Training Centre is RYA recognised?

Until recently RYA Training Centres were known as ‘Recognised Training Establishments’ and many still carry this logo on their advertising, leaflets or signage. The new RYA Training Centre quality assurance mark replaces this and the RYA is urging all its recognised centres to adopt the new mark by 2004.

What does Quality Assurance Mark mean?

Where you see the Quality Assurance mark used by a training centre you can expect:


Aside from the practical and classroom based training schemes that the RYA develops, there are also many RYA publications that help you learn about boating. For a wide choice of titles on every aspect of the sport, call the RYA on 0845 345 0400 or visit our online webshop at

About the RYA

The RYA is committed to promoting all forms of boating and making them accessible to everyone. Further information can be obtained by visiting their website: Royal Yachting Association

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