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RYA Practical Sailing Courses

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA), in conjunction with the Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA), controls the sail training scheme in the UK. Its two fold purpose - summed up in the motto 'education not legislation' - is to promote the sport of sailing by introducing candidates to sailing and encouraging them to continue sailing safely on the grounds that it is better to educate sailors to sail safely than to prosecute them when they don't.

ScheemiSkipperThere are four RYA practical sailing courses and associated course completion certificates. Beginning with the entry level these are, Start Yachting, Competent Crew, Day Skipper, and Yachtmaster Coastal (formerly Coastal Skipper). They are conducted by RYA qualified instructor/skippers under the auspices of recognised RYA training centres. Completion certificates indicate that the candidate has completed the corresponding practical course satisfactorily. However, the 'pukka in a wallet' RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate is awarded only after a practical examination by an independent RYA examiner. Two further advanced certificates - Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean - are awarded, after examination/assessment, to experienced candidates who have the appropriate knowledge and minimal specified 'sea time'.

What'sGoingOn?SILVER APPLE SAILING is not an RYA authorised training centre. However, for administration purposes SILVER APPLE SAILING arranges and conducts practical sailing courses on behalf of Westward Quest which is staffed entirely by volunteers. The skipper of SILVER APPLE SAILING is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Instructor with over fourteen years experience of conducting RYA practical courses in British waters at various recognised RYA training centres, and has awarded candidates with Start Yachting, Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Coastal (formerly Coastal Skipper) practical completion certificates. He has also successfully coached candidates in preparation for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical examinations, who consequently were awarded the corresponding RYA/MCA Certificates of Competence.


Upon satisfactory completion of a shore-based theoretical course or a practical sailing course the candidate will be presented with a course completion certificate. However, the value of an RYA course completion certificate lies in how greatly the candidate values it; in the experience gained from the exercise and not merely how many boxes are ticked. Like many things in life, what a candidate gets out of a course depends on what he/she puts into it. While the strictness of assessment increases and becomes more objective as candidates progress, the idea is always to encourage.

Clearly, it is necessary to complete a course in order to be awarded a course completion certificate, but it is not necessary to complete a course in order to take the Yachtmaster practical examinations. However, the candidate must demonstrate that he/she has the requisite knowledge and experience and for most this is gained by completing the various shorebased theoretical and sea-going practical courses.

For course content, pre-course assumed knowledge and pre-course suggested minimum experience for the various RYA practical sailing courses, together with details of RYA Yachtmaster certificates, please consult the RYA's web site by clicking:

Why must I go down to the sea again?
To mist and relentless tide,
To burning sun, cold feet, hands numb,
And hanging over the side.
To crystal dawn, as day is born,
A crescent moon paling,
With sails set right, and port in sight,
This, ah this, is sailing. ©

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To crystal dawn

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