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Professional qualifications, providing practical and theory training courses and books, DVDs from novice to expert level, in all boating activities.

RYA training stands out as a badge of quality wherever you work in the world. Our expertise and experience in developing training courses, together with the backing of the British Governments Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), help to demonstrate why RYA qualifications stand out. From local watersports managers and instructors to military personnel and superyacht captains, an RYA qualification takes your career forward. RYA instruction is supported by people working in the business, so you will also benefit from their real world experience. These people are proof that RYA Training is a passport to achieving your goals.

The sheer number of people we have trained, and the commercial success they have found all over the world confirms the value of the training the RYA provides. Over 24,000 professionals working on commercial vessels across the world have RYA Certificates of Competence. They choose the RYA because we are the largest and longest-established organisation to offer training, and we have a global reputation for quality. We work with governments and other key organisations to develop courses that ensure a level of excellence that is familiar to everyone - especially employers - wherever they live or work.

RYA instructors are not only highly skilled, but also friendly, supportive, and use the very latest training techniques. This means you learn quickly, building your skills as well as your confidence in a safe and nurturing environment. RYA recognised training centres and RYA instructors deliver RYA training courses, so always look for the RYA tick-mark logo as a sign of quality assurance. 

There are more than 2,350 RYA recognised training centres in the UK and abroad, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand and the USA. More than 240, 000 people undertake an RYA course of some sort each year across 48 different countries around the world.

UK organisations that have adopted RYA training include the Royal Navy, RNLI, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the MoD, the Police and the Fire Service.

Find out more here about RYA Training.

RYA Publications

We have over 100 publications, all written by leading experts, providing the most up-to-date and informative advice available in an attractive and reader-friendly format.  

All our titles are created to be industry-leading how-to guides and support all RYA activities including RYA training. Whether it is revising for your RYA Yachtmaster exam, refining your dinghy racing technique, or starting to windsurf, we’ve got it covered. For our full range, please visit our webshop

RYA eBooks are the latest way in which we have started bringing our publications alive. Embedded animations and videos help illustrate the main points and skills from the books. These are available through:           

  • App Store for iOS devices (iPad/iPhone)
  • Google Play Store for Android devices
  • RYA website (desktop app for PC and Mac)  

By buying our books and eBooks through our webshop, all RYA members will receive a 15 per cent discount! Another great benefit of buying RYA eBooks direct from our webshop is that customers will receive a unique login that can be used on three separate devices across the various platforms above, providing access to all the content they have purchased.  

For further developments, devices, upcoming releases and more functionality, keep an eye on our RYA eBooks and RYA eBook devices pages.

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