RYA Shorebased Courses

RYA shorebased courses offer learning in both a classroom and online environments. The RYA shorebased programme is structured to support the practical learning environment.

Beginners are advised to take the Essential Navigation course. Aspiring skippers, those who have spent some time sailing, should opt for the more in-depth Day Skipper course.  Students can then move onto more advanced theory (Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster) once they have gained some sea-miles and experience. Students looking to do their Yachtmaster practical exam should take this course. It is the expected theoretical knowledge when being examined.

Structured Training

All RYA shore-based theory courses are structured to support progress through the RYA training ladder. Students taking our classroom-based courses get access to supporting online material complementing the modules that are delivered in the classroom by the instructor. Anyone taking our classroom-based navigation courses will have access to the material during and after the course so refreshing knowledge on any topic can be done as you go on to further courses in the RYA syllabus.

  • RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster ™ theory

    RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster ™ theory


    Course Options: Evening Class or Online (Choose below when booking)

    Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course, the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster ™ course looks at more detailed navigational techniques, specifically for those looking to undertake longer passages and, in particular, navigation at night. For those who have built up some miles and are looking to the next stage of their boating journey, the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster ™ theory is a great step and essential preparation for the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster ™ and Yachtmaster ™ offshore practical exam. Classroom-based evening class: If we have enough interest, we are looking to run a course in January. Please signup to our waitlist if you are interested and we’ll email you once we have enough interest.

  • RYA Day Skipper theory

    RYA Day Skipper theory


    The RYA Day Skipper theory course is a great entry point to the RYA theory syllabus. It’s a comprehensive introduction to navigation and cruising for new skippers providing the necessary tools to ensure you put out to sea safely.

    10% discount automatically applied to bookings of 2 or more

  • RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship

    RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship


    This online course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact, it’s for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and works well in complementing the RYA on-the-water training, such as the Competent Crew course.

    This course comes with a £30 voucher* to redeem against our Competent Crew practical course or Day Skipper theory course.

    * Your voucher will be emailed as soon as you complete your Essential Navigation Course. Contact Us for more details

  • RYA First Aid

    RYA First Aid

    For anyone who spends time on the water, the RYA First Aid Course is a great course. If a medical emergency arises, a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives. This is especially true in situations where it’s not easy to call an ambulance or get to a hospital.