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Sail cruising 

From your first steps on a yacht to skippering a crew across oceans; the RYA Yachtmaster™ Scheme is designed to take you from absolute beginner to highly skilled and competent sailor.

Beginner to Intermediate Courses

Stepping into the world of sailing for the first time is exciting and exhilarating. These practical on-the-water courses build confidence, teaching you everything from basic terminology and safety tips to handling sails. You'll become a useful crew member, and even take the helm for the first time.

Intermediate to Advanced Courses

Building on previous RYA courses, or from your own experience at sea, these courses aim to refine your skills, focusing on seamanship and how to skipper a sailing yacht and manage its crew. Combined with the theory courses, your knowledge, and confidence on the water, will be taken to the next level.

The Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence

After working your way through the other RYA course, or by direct assessment, the pinnacle of the RYA Training schemes is the Yachtmaster™ exams. Find out more about the Yachtmaster™ scheme, exams and requirements.