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Man holding orange inflated wing on beach. Smiling at camera. Learning wing control before going afloat on RYA Learn to Wingsurf course.

Get started in winging! In as little as four hours you'll learn how to fly the wing ashore and afloat, building your confidence on the water.

Days Skipper featured course

Make the transition from crew to skipper, developing the practical skills and confidence to take command of a small yacht.

Powerboat level 2 - featured course

Get to grips with the basics and learn how to master the waves with this two-day entry level course.

SRC featured course

If you have a VHF radio onboard your boat, or carry a handheld VHF whilst out on the water, you need to hold an operator's licence. Get qualified with our one-day course and exam.

Essential navigation - featured course

Learn the basics of navigation, tides, charts and safety awareness in just two days in the classroom or eight hours online.

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With more than 100 courses to choose from, there's something for every age, ability and interest.

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What's next?

Whether you’ve got started at a #DiscoverSailing taster session, completed your first RYA course or had a go on holiday this year, here are a few ideas to help you take your next steps in sailing.

Shoreside learning

Winter is the perfect time to broaden your boating knowledge. With options for online and distance learning, as well as in the classroom, here are our top training picks for the colder months

Winter reading

Build your knowledge with our wide selection of RYA books, eBooks and audiobooks. Browse the RYA shop today.


From RYA Yachtmaster® to Advanced Powerboat, RYA Certificates of Competence are the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. Find out more about the required experience and book your exam.

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Instructors, coaches and careers

Looking for more information about becoming an RYA Instructor or Race Coach? Or want to turn your passion into a career on the water? Here’s everything you need to know.

Careers - sail cruising

If working on the water is your livelihood you need the right training. RYA qualifications are the tickets to your success, so start your career as you mean to go on.

Professional qualifications v3

Whether you’re after a career on the water or ashore, the marine industry offers opportunities all over the world.

RYA Training

Be a part of the world's leading training programme for recreational and professional boaters and join our network of more than 2,400 RYA recognised training centres worldwide.

RYA Training for dinghy

Love an outdoor office? The chance to shape and inspire future boaters? Then join our talented crew and become an RYA Instructor.

RYA Training for dinghy

Get into coaching and keep Great Britain the world’s greatest competitive sailing nation.

We've come a long way since the introduction of the RYA Dinghy and Coaching schemes in 1970. Find out more about 50 years of RYA training.

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