Training Ladder

As the leading RYA Sailing School in the UK, we deliver quality theoretical (such as the Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course) and practical (such as the Day Skipper Course Combined Theory & Practical) training courses that allow you to learn to sail using the world renowned RYA training scheme. 

To use the learn to sail training ladder simply use the table below to establish your existing knowledge to determine which sailing course is best for you.


Start Yachting Taster Weekend

First steps to learning to sail and becoming a knowledgeable and useful crew member

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Online

Basic introduction to navigation and safety which is aimed at users of small day boats and RIBs

RYA Competent Crew

Knowledgeable and useful crew member

RYA Day Skiper Theory

Theoretical knowledge of basic seamanship, navigation and meteorology

RYA Day Skipper Combined Theory & Practical

Learn to sail and skipper small yachts in familiar waters by day

RYA Day Skipper Combined Theory & Practical

Skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day


RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory

Theoretical knowledge of offshore and coastal navigation, pilotage and meteorology

RYA Coastal Skipper

Can begin to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep + MCA/RYA Exam

Has the knowledge and ability to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but not necessarily the experience needed to undertake longer passages.


RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep + MCA/RYA Exam

A Yachtmaster is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from a harboury

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

Has the theoretical knowledge of astro navigation, ocean meteorology and passage planning to undertake an ocean passage