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rya Training ladder

Whether you are new to sailing and would like to know where to start, planning your next steps, or simply looking for a quick refresher, our RYA Training Ladder provides a simple step-to-step guide on the RYA system, taking you from a complete beginner to advanced sailor.

Level 1

RYA Start yachting

If you are new to sailing then this is the course for you. Set as a weekend course, Start Yachting is a taster for those who wish to cover the basics of sailing in a stress-free and relaxed setting. At the end of the course, you will be awarded the Start Yachting Certificate and have made your first steps into the sailing world.

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level 2

RYA Competent Crew

You have had a first taste of the joys of sailing and wish to continue learning. The Competent Crew course further introduces you to the fundamentals, such as boat handling, nautical terms and knotting. Once completed you will be awarded the Competent Crew Certificate and become an asset on board.

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level 3

RYA day skipper practical

After learning the basics you are hungry for more. The Day Skipper course will allow you to safely take control of the ship while working together with a crew. We will guide you in areas such as navigation, seamanship and further ability to take charge of a yacht. Upon completion, you will be awarded the Day Skipper Certificate proving your competence and skill in skippering.

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level 4

RYA Coastal Skipper

You have gained skippering experience and have become an intermediate sailor. The RYA Coastal Skipper course is for sailors who wish to undertake longer voyages while receiving further guidance upon navigation and command of the yacht. Once successfully completed  you will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate and able to skipper coastal passages safely and confidently by day and night.

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level 5

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal

The first part of the final chapter of the RYA system and the ultimate challenge of your sailing ability. Upon completion, this course will define you as a master of yachts and prepare you for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore course.

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level 6

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster offshore

The second part of the final chapter of the RYA system and the ultimate challenge of your sailing ability. Upon completion, this course will define you as a master of yachts and prepare you for the RYA Yachtmaster exam.

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FAQ

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Do courses over 3 weekends have to be consecutive weekend?
No. However, we do recommend not to leave any longer than 4 weeks between each weekend
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Do I receive a certificate after every course?
Yes, Every successful candidate will receive an official RYA course completion certificate
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Is there a minimum age for a course?
There is no minimum age for the RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew course. Children under 16 years of age however should be accompanies by a legal parent. The minimum age for the RYA Days Skipper & Coastal Skipper is 16 The minimum age for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal & Yachtmaster Offshore is 18 There is no minimum age for all of the recommended courses
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Do I have to be a RYA member before taking a course?
No. Becoming a member is a personal choice.
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I already have sailing experience but no certificates. Do I have to start at the beginning of the ladder?
No. As long as you meet the prerequisite requirements for the chosen course you can enrol.
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Is there an expiry date for the RYA certificates?
No. There is no expiry date for the course completion certificates.
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How do I prove my previous sailing experience?
All your previous experience, sea miles and days at sea you can put in a logbook, spread sheet or similar.
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What if I lost my certificates?
Lost certificates can be replaced by the training center where you took your course. RYA Day Skipper & Coastal Skipper are registered with the RYA and they will sent you a replacement for a small fee.
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Are the RECOMMENDED courses required?
While the Recommended courses are not required, we highly suggest that students take them in order to increase their level, understanding and skill.

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