Royal Yachting Association Courses

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Confident Captain is the only facility in the Northeast that offers the elite RYA courses. We are also the only facility in the Northeast that offers the RYA courses on a monohull sailboat. Whether you are a recreational boater, or a professional crewperson seeking an international certification, Confident Captain is can help you achieve the certification you need. 

Which course is right for me?

RYA Dayskipper

  • This course is designed to be an introduction to navigation, boat handling and skippering skills, leading to the ability to skipper a small yacht on short daylight passages in fair weather.
  • This course can be used to obtain an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) and satisfies the minimum experience requirement for a bareboat charter.

Competent Crew

  • This course is designed for beginners who want to become active and useful crew members. Introduces the fundamentals of sailing a moderate-size cruising yacht. By the end of the course, you will have the confidence and ability to keep a lookout, handle sails, steer, row a dinghy and assist in all other day-to-day activities. During the course, you will cover approximately 100 miles, including hours on watch.

RYA Yachtmaster (Sail) 

  • A professional credential designed for candidates who have already achieved a professional-level status in their sailing career.Available in both Coastal and Offshore certificates

RYA Short Range Certificate

  • This online course is about 8-hours long. However, it should be noted that the exam must still take place in person with your Confident Captain instructor. 

RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR)

This online course is compulsory for those that want to commercial endorse their Yachtmaster certificate. It takes about 8 hours and is 100% online.

RYA Courses

Register for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal Practical and Exam. This week-long intensive course takes place aboard a Confident Captain sailing yacht and is based on the RYA Theory syllabus. It covers many advanced boating techniques such as navigation in reduced visibility, and how to handle emergency situations.

Work towards your goal of a Yachtmaster Certification at Confident Captain! The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal Theory is an advanced course for those working towards obtaining their certification. The enrolled will have already completed the prerequisite RYA Day Skipper Course.

Register for Confident Captain’s RYA Day Skipper course, which covers navigation, boat handling (power and sail), and other important introductory skills. Take this course to obtain your International Certificate of Competence. Additionally, this course satisfies the minimum requirement for a Bareboat charter.

Learn the fundamentals of sailing a cruising yacht from Confident Captain’s RYA Competent Crew Sailing Course. Those who have completed this 5-day liveaboard course will be able to assist in many of the typical day-to-day activities that are unique to life on a boat.

Online RYA Courses

Register for the RYA VHF Radio Certificate Course, created for anyone who owns a marine VHF radio. The Short Range Radio Certificate is required by law if operating a radio with Digital Selective Calling. The course requires approximately 5 hours of studying before an in-person exam at Confident Captain or an RYA Training Center.

The RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities course is a compulsory online course for the RYA Commercial Endorsement holders. This course is for individuals who are looking to obtain RYA qualifications professionally as skipper or crew.

Still not sure which course is right for you? We can help!

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