Gain your RYA Qualifications

on a traditionally rigged sailing boat

RYA Sail Training Courses

Come on board and gain your RYA qualifications with us. We are a recognised Royal Yachting Association Training Centre and run RYA sail training courses from late March through to the end of October.

You will get involved in all aspects of life on board, from helming and navigation, to getting the sails up and rowing ashore.

School, Group, DofE and Teenage sailing weeks

Beginners practical courses are delivered on board our Sail Training vessel Johanna Lucretia. Most weeks offer the opportunity to work towards an RYA Certificate, either:

    RYA Start Yachting
    RYA Competent Crew

In addition, DofE Gold Residentials can be fulfilled on our Adventure Sailing courses for individuals lasting at least 5 nights – always check with your DofE Leader first.

Once you have achieved your Competent Crew certificate, you can also come back time and time again to build up nautical miles and to work towards Watch Leader.

All course dates for individuals can be found on our availability page.

Schools and Groups please Contact Us for more information and availability.

Course overview
RYA Start YachtingBasic knowledge and sailing skills; ropework, underway, rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing and equipment, emergency equipment and precautions, meteorology.
RYA Competent CrewKnowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions and fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road, dinghies.
RYA Watch LeaderYou will learn about watchkeeping, seamanship and navigation up to the standards required for taking charge of a watch on deck, at sea or in a harbour.

For more information please call 01752 823007, email, or get in touch using the form on our Contact page.

We can also assist you with other RYA sail training courses, such as Advanced RYA Theory, RYA Basic Navigation, Coastal (YM) Theory, RYA Radio License etc.

All courses and voyages are operated by The Island Trust’s trading subsidiary Island (Cutter) Ltd.