RYA Qualifications

RYA stands for the Royal Yachting Association, which is the UK’s national association for all forms of recreational and competitive boating.  RYA’s training schemes for powered and sailing craft provide qualifications for skippers, instructors and water sports professionals worldwide.

RYA Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence is gained by taking an exam in either a sailing or motor yacht - your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.  There is no formal training course leading up to the exam, but those who have not previously taken RYA courses often find it useful to book themselves in for some informal training prior to taking an exam.  You will need to get your Certificate commercially endorsed for it to be valid for working on board superyachts.

The Yachtmaster Ocean exam is an oral and written test of your knowledge of ocean passage making including planning, navigation, worldwide meteorology, crew management, yacht preparation, maintenance and repairs.  You will also be questioned on your sights taken at sea during an ocean passage.  Again, you will need to get your Certificate commercially endorsed.

IYT (International Yacht Training) are a USA-based organisation and their equivalent courses are also recognised by the MCA.

Find more information about RYA training and certification

The following Superyacht UK members offer RYA Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean Certification:

To contact British Marine Federation / BMF Leisure Boating members offering RYA Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean Certification.

Find other RYA approved training centres

For further information about Yachtmaster and other RYA courses and qualifications, please visit their website.