Professional qualifications, providing practical and theory training courses and books, DVDs from novice to expert level, in all boating activities.
Our schemes span 2,500 RYA recognised training centres the length and breadth of the UK and in 58 countries around the world including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand and the USA.
Each year 250,000 people learn how to sail or safely operate windsurfers, dinghies, yachts, motorboats, narrowboats, powerboats and personal watercraft and everything in between.
Our team of highly skilled Trainers and Coaches mentor our network of 25,000 instructors; empowering them to teach and inspire all those who want to learn more about the exhilaration of being out on the water – whether it’s for work or play.
Who can learn?
Anyone. Children can start on the water at almost any age or from around 7 or 8 for many of our structured courses. There’s no upper limit to the age you can learn and there’s a course for every level.
Where can you learn?
Our courses are run by RYA recognised instructors in regional training centres, outdoor activity centres, schools, colleges, universities, businesses, sailing clubs, voluntary organisations and holiday resorts.
What will you learn?
Whether you are just beginning, or looking to make your time on the water a smoother, safer and more enjoyable experience, you’ll learn everything you need to know to be a confident and safe boater.
Can I use my qualifications to work?
Over 25,000 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 certification, 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.
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.
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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