Setting the Standards – RYA Quality Assured
Getting on the water
Whether you are interested in sailing, powerboat racing,
motor cruising, windsurfing or personal watercraft, the hardest
thing to do is to know how to get started. Now, thanks to
the RYA, finding the right training is easier than ever!
Why do I need RYA training?
beginner to world class sailor, the RYA has a training course
to suit you. Reputed to provide the best training in the world,
the RYA constantly assesses the needs of leisure and professional
boat users and reflects these changes in its training schemes.
Whether you are after a one day personal watercraft course
to master the moves, or the rigorous RYA Yachtmaster qualification,
RYA training will help you get to grips with the basics, develop
your skills and learn how to have fun safely on the water.
Who provides RYA Training?
You will find RYA Training Centres throughout the UK, as
well as in Europe, the USA, South America and even Thailand.
These are Centres that have been given approval from the RYA
to runs its training courses. Thorough evaluation of the Centres
makes sure that they meet with the high standards of the RYA.
Not only are the Centres assessed when they apply for recognition,
but also on regular intervals by independent inspectors to
ensure that they continue to comply with the strict guidelines
can I find a Training Centre?
You can visit the RYA website www.rya.org.uk/training
or call us on 0845 345 0384 to find out where your nearest
How can I be sure a Training Centre is RYA recognised?
Until recently RYA Training Centres were known as ‘Recognised
Training Establishments’ and many still carry this logo
on their advertising, leaflets or signage. The new RYA Training
Centre quality assurance mark replaces this and the RYA is
urging all its recognised centres to adopt the new mark by
What does Quality Assurance Mark mean?
you see the Quality Assurance mark used by a training centre
you can expect
• to be taught by an experienced, qualified instructor
• to follow a national syllabus and standard that is
recognised not just in the UK but overseas as well
• that the craft you will be taught in will be well-maintained
• to be covered by insurance in the unlikely situation
of an accident
Aside from the practical and classroom based training schemes
that the RYA develops, there are also many RYA publications
that help you learn about boating. For a wide choice of titles
on every aspect of the sport, call the RYA on 0845 345 0400
or visit our online webshop at www.rya.org.uk/shop.
About the RYA
• The RYA is the national body for all forms of recreational
boating. It represents dinghy and yacht racing, motor and
RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland
personal watercraft. Sailing is the most successful Olympic
sport in this country and Great Britain is the world’s
top Olympic sailing nation.
The RYA is recognised by all government offices as being the
negotiating body for the activities it represents. It continually
fights for the rights and freedoms of its 98,500 personal
members, the majority of whom choose to go afloat for purely
recreational non-competitive pleasure on coastal and inland
waters. There are an estimated further 500,000 boat owners
nationally who are members of RYA affiliated clubs and class
• The RYA also sets and maintains a recognised standard
for recreational boat training through a network of 1500 independently
operated training facilities. Over 120,000 people per year
voluntarily complete RYA training courses.
• The RYA is committed to promoting all forms of boating
and making them accessible to everyone. For more information
please refer to our web site Royal
Yachting Association (RYA)