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    The RYA employs over 170 staff in a wide range of roles, from boating specialists to professional staff to co-ordinators and administrators. Most work from our headquarters in Hamble, near Southampton, but some are based in other parts of the UK. We offer modern, accessible office facilities with free parking, up to date IT systems and a competitive range of benefits.

    If there are no vacancies shown below, there are none available at this time.

    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity.


    Chief Instructor, Shorebased

    Salary: £35,000 - £37,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)

    Permanent, full-time (35 hours per week)

    Location: Hamble, Southampton

    The RYA offers a range of benefits which include; a personal pension scheme, free life insurance and a total annual leave package of 28 days (plus public holidays).

    Our aim is to deliver the most successful leisure and small commercial vessel training schemes in the world. With almost 50 years’ experience in delivering both practical and shorebased training to more than 250,000 people per year, the RYA is the world leader in this sector.

    This exciting new role has been created to support the continued growth and development of the RYA Training schemes globally. The successful applicant will take on responsibility for managing the RYA shorebased training scheme which supports and feeds into the practical training schemes for all types of sail and power boating. You will ensure syllabi and course content remain relevant and accessible to the boating public. You will produce outstanding course work material used by RYA recognised training centres to develop, nurture and test learners. You will work closely with the RYA publications team and the three practical chief instructors to ensure our practical and shorebased training remain integrated and complement each other.

    We seek someone from a maritime background with experience in small craft, who also has teaching, coaching or instructing experience. An eye for detail is essential as is the ability to work as part of a close knit team. Flexibility and adaptability are also a must for this role.

    To Apply

    Please review the full job description and download & complete an application form. Completed application forms should be returned, along with an equality monitoring form, to  Please note that we do not accept CVs in lieu of a fully completed application form.

    Closing date for applications: Mid-day on Friday 28 February 2020

    Interviews to be held on: Thursday 12 March 2020


    Sport Development Senior Administrator

    Salary: £22,000 per annum

    Permanent – Full-time (35 hours per week)

    Location: Hamble, Southampton

    The RYA offers a range of benefits which include; a personal pension scheme, free life insurance and a total annual leave package of 26 days (plus public holidays).

    The RYA’s Sport Development department supports and promotes participation in boating in the UK. It works with clubs, commercial training centres and volunteers to increase the accessibility of boating and provides opportunities to take part to those who may not otherwise have had the chance.

    We are seeking a Senior Administrator to join our Sport Development department to provide, and oversee, the efficient administration of the department to ensure successful implementation of our participation programmes, events and initiatives.

    As the successful candidate your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

    • Managing and supporting the sale of exhibitor space at the RYA Dinghy Show. Including processing exhibitor applications, allocating spaces, invoicing and preparing information for the Show Guide and App;
    • Responding to general enquiries regarding all Sport Development Programmes from members of the public, clubs, training centres, RYA instructors, volunteers and RYA members;
    • Supervising the Sport Development departmental company credit card, reconciling and processing the expenditure; and
    • Ensuring project and administrative support is provided for the Sport Development department as appropriate.

    We are seeking a candidate who has excellent communication skills, whether that be over the telephone, in writing or face to face, and someone who has the ability to deal with a wide range of people. Exceptional customer service skills are also required for this role as is the ability to manage your time effectively, whilst prioritising your workload.

    To Apply

    Please review the full job description and download & complete an application form. Completed application forms should then be returned, along with an equality monitoring form, to  Please note: we do not accept CVs in lieu of a completed application form.

    Closing date for applications: Mid-day on Thursday 27 February 2020

    Interviews to be held: Thursday 19 March 2020


    Judging and Umpiring Committee Member

    Voluntary – expenses will be reimbursed

    Being a member of the Judging and Umpiring Committee (JUC) can be great fun but also quite challenging.

    The committee is responsible for driving the development of all aspects of judging and umpiring including the appointment and renewal of judges and umpires, education and training (including planning conferences and courses), as well as handling disciplinary matters.  The successful candidate will therefore be expected to be pro-active, work hard and to deliver assignments to deadlines with limited supervision.

    Joining the committee is a great opportunity for a volunteer who really wants to support the Race Official community to develop. 

    To Apply

    If you would like to apply to join the JUC, please email your request to If you require further information please call Jacqui Roberts, Race Officials Development Officer, on 02380 604161.

    Closing date: Friday 28 February 2020


    Participation & Membership Committee Member

    Voluntary - expenses will be reimbursed

    If you are passionate about any aspect of boating or sport more generally, you might have the knowledge and insight to help increase participation and grow membership of the RYA.

    The RYA Participation & Membership Committee is made up of a number of external volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds and who work closely with the RYA team to help develop, oversee and implement the RYA Strategic Plan.

    Specifically, the committee advise, guide and make recommendations on strategic direction, marketing, communication and implementation plans necessary to achieve the RYA’s objectives in relation to the introduction, progression, retention and ultimately growth in participation in all aspects of boating as well as membership of the association.

    We are looking for someone who can make an objective contribution, based on experience gained both as a participant, and perhaps in your professional life. To compliment the existing team, it would be particularly helpful if you have experience in the areas of youth engagement, diversity and inclusivity.

    The committee meets four times a year (usually in Hamble, the home of the RYA), with occasional additional meetings or conference calls - meetings are well-structured, with pre-read information sent out in advance.

    All we ask is for your considered input and fresh ideas; which may be from your own participation in boating at any level, or perhaps another sport from which your knowledge and experience could be transferable.

    To Apply

    For an informal chat about the position, please contact RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson via

    To apply, please submit a brief overview of your relevant skills, attributes and sporting knowledge and experience to:, for the attention of the PMC Chairperson.

    Closing date for the current round of expressions is: Friday 27 March 2020


    Training Committee Member

    Voluntary - expenses will be reimbursed

    Due to an upcoming retirement the RYA Training Committee is seeking a new member.

    The committee is the policy making body for RYA Training and works closely with the Director of Training and staff within RYA Training. The department has a wide brief which includes delivering both the shorebased and practical training schemes and ensuring that they remain up to date. It also manages and administers recognition for all RYA recognised training centres to ensure they maintain the standards required through annual inspections. The Training Department team also manages the RYA ELearning platform.

    Members of the Training Committee serve for a fixed term and due to an impending retirement, we have a need to recruit a new member. Committee members are selected on the basis of competency in specific boating disciplines to ensure we maintain representation across the entire range of RYA training schemes. If you feel you have the relevant skills and knowledge to add value to this important body, and in particular have experience in the Motor Cruising, Dinghy Sailing, Personal Watercraft and Inland Waterways training schemes, we would like to hear from you.

    The Training Committee meets three times per year, usually in Hamble, Southampton. We would anticipate the selection process lasting several months while we ensure we canvass our very broad instructor base. Previous applicants are welcome to reapply.

    To Apply

    Please email expressions of interest including a brief summary of your boating and RYA instructing background to, for the attention of the Training Committee Chairman.

    Closing date for the current round of expressions of interest is: Friday 6 March 2020


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