Sharing ideas, staying connected - what to expect from the virtual training conference


Save the date: 30-31 January 2021

At this time of year we�d usually be getting ready to see you all at our annual UK conferences. Unfortunately there won�t be any physical conferences in 2021, but we will be hosting a joint virtual event: the RYA Raymarine�Training Conference supported by Gallagher.

Join us over the weekend of 30-31 January 2021 for an opportunity to share ideas and stay connected.

�The conferences are always a brilliant opportunity for delegates to attend sessions led by experts, and the 2021 conference will be no different,� explains Richard Falk, RYA Director of Training and Qualifications.

�It�s been an incredibly challenging year for us all and the entire RYA Training Network has felt the impact of the pandemic. With this in mind, the virtual conference will be free for all delegates all over the world to attend.

�An enormous thank you to our long-standing conference sponsors, Raymarine and Gallagher, for their continued support. This year their sponsorship will ensure the event is open and accessible to all delegates. We look forward to seeing you all in January.�

Bookings will open and the full agenda will be announced in a few short weeks. In the meantime, read on for a preview and round up of our conference highlights so far��

More accessible than ever

The innovative new format will enable delegates to attend the conference from anywhere in the world.

Featuring a combination of live and pre-recorded sessions, a number of the presentations and workshops will be available on demand throughout the weekend so that they can be viewed at your convenience, no matter what time zone you�re in.

As usual, we�ll also share a selection of resources on the Training Support Site in the weeks following the conference.

RYA knowledge and advice

As well as the usual scheme updates from the RYA Chief Instructors, this year we will also be joined by Sarah Treseder, RYA Chief Executive for a look at what�s new at the RYA and the impact of 2020 as we look to the future. And Howard Pridding, RYA Director of External Affairs will be providing an update on what we know so far about the impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on RYA recognised training centres and instructors.

Learn from the experts

In addition to the RYA team, we will be joined by a number of industry experts, covering everything from sustainability and marketing, to top tips to improve your training sessions.

As always, the workshops will cover a range of different subjects with something for both those involved with running a busy commercial training centre or managing a team of volunteer instructors at a club or charity, to the instructors delivering RYA training all over the world.

Here are a few of our top picks so far:

  • How to identify the lessons to be learnt from an accident
    Captain Andrew Moll, Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents at the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB)
  • The Futures Project: Training - what does the future hold?
    Liz Rushall, Director at Rushall Marketing
  • Rising Tide: Sustainability across our blue planet
    Dr Ivan Haigh, Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography at the University of Southampton

Alan Olive, former RYA Coach Development Manager and leading consultant for elite sport and businesses, will also be returning for another thought-provoking session, and we're delighted to welcome Hayley Jarvis from mental health charity Mind for the first time.

Keep an eye out for the full agenda, more speaker announcements and registrations opening in early January.�

For more information and to keep up-to-date with all the latest conference news, please visit our dedicated conference page.�

Can�t wait? Make sure to check out the CPD hub on the Training Support Site for webinars, articles and further resources:�

RYA Wavelength December 2020