This year has marked an exciting milestone for us all, as we celebrate the�50th�Anniversary of the RYA�s training schemes.
Above all, RYA training is about the people, both the students and those who deliver our courses. This year has been all about celebrating your stories, your contributions and saying thank you to everyone that�s been a part of the journey � we couldn�t do it without you, and your ongoing support is even more pertinent given the challenges we currently face.
So thank you, if you've taken an RYA course, you've instructed RYA courses or you've worked with RYA training - thank you very much for what you've done, for your contribution to the last 50 years of RYA training and for making it what it is today.
Richard Falk, RYA Director of Training and Qualifications
Earlier this year we launched an interactive digital timeline�and�new video�to mark our milestone anniversary. The timeline celebrates key moments in the very broad and diverse history of the RYA�s training schemes, starting with the launch of the National Sailing scheme back in 1970.
The first RYA courses were introduced in 1970 to provide clubs and sailing schools with a national training programme and standardised method of learning to sail.
50 years on, the RYA has a network of more than 2,400 recognised training centres in 58 countries worldwide and supports the delivery of over 100 different courses.
Each year, more than 270,000 people undertake some form of RYA training. Whether it�s jumping into a dinghy, cruising a small keelboat or riding a personal watercraft, RYA courses deliver the skills and knowledge boaters need to stay safe and enjoy their time afloat.�
The schemes have not only improved boating safety around the world, but have also given people from all walks of life the opportunity to discover the joy of boating and watersports.
This year has been all about celebrating the broader impact of RYA training and sharing the stories of those it has benefited over the years. Thank you to everyone that has been in touch to share your memories, we�ve loved reading them. Here are just a few of our favourites, but more are available here.
�Learning and later teaching as part of the RYA training scheme gave me the skills and confidence to feel comfortable, first as a crew, then a skipper. It gave me the platform I needed to start on the path to international offshore racing.�
Pip Hare, RYA Instructor and 2020 Vend�e Globe competitor
�To be the first person to have sailed and rowed an ocean solo is a great tale to tell my grandchildren, but for me, it was all about the adventure and the challenge. The knowledge and skills I learnt through my RYA training kept me safe.�
David Clarke, RYA member and Guinness World Record holder
�Sailing feels like freedom. You fold up the white cane and you�re stepping out. It�s a great sense of achievement, a massive buzz. RYA training means knowing that no matter what happens that you can cope, that you�re in control.�
Lucy Hodges MBE, RYA Instructor and Blind Sailing World Champion
Visit�www.rya.org.uk/go/50years�to view the timeline, watch the video and find out more about the last 50 years of RYA training.