The RYA Training Conference 2018, supported by Arthur J Gallagher, gives delegates the chance to widen their industry knowledge, make new contacts and broaden their perspective said Rachel Andrews, RYA Chief Instructor, Motor Cruising and Power.

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Headline news this year was the launch of new dinghy sailing and windsurf foiling courses running as pilot schemes throughout 2018.

RYA Chief Instructor for Dinghy and Windsurfing, Amanda Van Santen, gave delegates the low down on the exciting integration of the new foiling courses into the RYA's Sailing and Windsurfing schemes.

She told delegates how the RYA has been working hard to investigate and break down any barriers and requirements such as cost, kit and staff to help RYA recognised training centres become involved in foiling. She also explained the importance of increasing the number of qualified RYA Foiling Instructors in the UK and abroad.   Interested in getting involved? Contact Mollie at for more details.    

Inspiring workshops and sessions  

Other RYA highlights included an update on the new Powerability Scheme, plus a topical talk by Kate Fortnum from RYA Green Blue initiative Get Active, Go Green.  

Tony Wood, RYA Regional Development Officer for the south west, shared his views on how to encourage more youngsters on to the water through the RYA's visionary OnBoard youth programme and RYA Resources Manager Craig Burton explained how centres can benefit from the latest RYA digital learning developments.  

Industry experts

In addition there were workshops by the RNLI on simple ways to understand Radar and put it to use, an MAIB insider's view of how to conduct an effective accident investigation, lively coaching insights with Karen Falcon, plus guest speaker Kate Burrows, offered a fresh perspective on how we should be thinking about and treating our customers.


Anthony Frost of Sea Cadet Training in Weymouth was new to the conference.  He said: "I wasn't sure about what to expect, but it's been great. I found the workshops and sessions really insightful and interesting."

Richard Falk, RYA Director of Training, said it had been a fantastic event and thanked Arthur J Gallagher and all the sponsors for their continued support.

He added: "We've come to the end of another hugely successful principals' conference with a strong attendance ever and a great selection of exhibitors. We hope that everyone has gone away enthused with all the latest information to help them share their passion for sailing and powerboating over the next 12 months."