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Popular courses

From beginners to professionals, there's something for everyone. Explore our most popular courses or browse by activity.

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RYA Learn to Wingsurf

Get started in winging! In as little as four hours you'll learn how to fly the wing ashore and afloat, building your confidence on the water.

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RYA Day Skipper

Make the transition from crew to skipper, developing the practical skills and confidence to take command of a small yacht.

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RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling

Get to grips with the basics and learn how to master the waves with this two-day entry level course.

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RYA Marine Radio (SRC)

If you have a VHF radio onboard your boat, or carry a handheld VHF whilst out on the water, you need to hold an operator's licence. Get qualified with our one-day course and exam.

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RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

Learn the basics of navigation, tides, charts and safety awareness in just two days in the classroom or eight hours online.

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RYA First Aid

Our one-day first aid course has been specifically developed for water users and covers everything from CPR and head injuries to cold water shock.

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With more than 100 courses to choose from, there's something for every age, ability and interest.

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Instructors, coaches and careers

Looking for more information about becoming an RYA Instructor or Race Coach? Or want to turn your passion into a career on the water? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Professional qualifications

If working on the water is your livelihood you need the right training. RYA qualifications are the tickets to your success, so start your career as you mean to go on.

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Careers advice

Whether you’re after a career on the water or ashore, the marine industry offers opportunities all over the world.

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RYA recognition

Be a part of the world's leading training programme for recreational and professional boaters and join our network of more than 2,400 recognised training centres worldwide.


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Love an outdoor office? The chance to shape and inspire future boaters? Then join our talented crew and become an RYA Instructor.

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Race coaching

Get into race coaching and help keep Great Britain the world's greatest competitive sailing nation.

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Learn about our heritage

We've come a long way since the introduction of the RYA Dinghy and Coaching schemes in 1970.  


From RYA Yachtmaster® to Advanced Powerboat, RYA Certificates of Competence are the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. Find out more about the required experience and book your exam.

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