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Travel Advice 

If you are considering traveling to a different country to take your RYA course, don’t forget to think about the precautions you may need to take, as with any foreign travel.

Your training centre may be able to inform you of specific local rules, customs, events or safety considerations in their country – see their website or give them a call if you want further information. Travel websites and the relevant government departments responsible for citizens when travelling abroad can also be useful resources.

In some countries tourists can be targets for crime so, in general, when travelling in an unfamiliar country take time to consider the following points:


  • Pay attention to the security of your accommodation – lock the doors, both when you are in the room and when you leave it.
  • Think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts - don’t take risks that you wouldn’t at home.
  • Don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks.
  • Find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws - there may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home.
  • Be alert at all times to your surroundings. If drinking, do so in moderation and be aware of the risks of your drink being ‘spiked’ if left unattended.
  • Ensure your travel insurance is valid for the destination and the activities you will be undertaking.
  • Be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars. Such activities may be misunderstood, especially near military installations.
  • Consider taking your mobile with you or renting one while you’re away. Store useful numbers such as the local police and the nearest embassy or consulate.
  • Check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad.
  • Take advice from your training centre or instructor –they should have good local knowledge.


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website offers a wide range of country-specific travel advice:


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