Whilst there is nothing stopping you from buying a yacht and heading off across the horizon, you would be pretty foolish to do so without gaining the necessary experience first.
Designed to encourage high standards of seamanship and navigation, RYA sailing courses are all about teaching you to learn how to sail as you go in a practical and safe environment under the careful guidance of fully qualified instructor.
In the UK The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) , is the national body for all types of boating, which includes dinghy and yacht sailing.
The aim of the RYA is to promote a voluntary system of education to encourage high standards of seamanship and navigation.
RYA Sailing Qualifications are respected around the world and delivered through approved RYA training centres around the country.
Their website will take you through the endless opportunities to get afloat safely & take a sailing course.
When choosing a sailing course, be it a Start Yachting, Day Skipper or any RYA Sailing Course, look for an RYA registered training centre, and you know you will have the best opportunity to learn how to sail in a safe and enjoyable environment whilst gaining a qualification that is world renowned.
All RYA training centres are required to have