Our heritage

In 2020 we celebrated 50 years of the RYA's training schemes. Here we look back at how far we've come...

 In 1970 the RYA Dinghy and Coaching schemes were introduced to assist clubs and sailing schools by providing a national syllabus and 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.

More than 270,000 people undertake some form of RYA training every year and the programme of courses is no longer exclusive to dinghies, but now encompasses everything from personal watercraft to the inland waterways, the thrill of foiling, the globally respected RYA Yachtmaster® and so much more. RYA courses deliver the skills and knowledge boaters need to stay safe and enjoy their time afloat. 

To join the millions of boaters who have trained with the RYA use our course finder below to find the best course for you and the boating you do.


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Your stories
Pip's story

Pip Hare’s drive to succeed has helped her become a celebrated international racer. But she says she wouldn’t be where she is today without RYA training.

David's story

For RYA member David Clarke, an RYA course led to a Guinness World Record and the adventures of a lifetime

Lucy's story

Whether she’s racking up the medals or encouraging others afloat, Lucy Hodges MBE says none of it would have been possible without her own RYA training