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RYA Training Courses

Gain recognised water-based Royal Yachting Association qualifications at the Citadel Leisure Centre, Ayr.

Our courses range from VHF Marine Radio and Yachtmaster Theory.

Please email the RYA Centre Principal for further information.

Our courses are for the over 16s but we will consider younger if the principle agrees it to be suitable.

Discounts will be given for bookings of two persons or more.


Each course runs 10am-4pm and successful candidates receive recognised RYA certification.

Course Dates

RYA Short Range Radio Course

One day land-based course (With same day early evening exam) giving you the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling equipment. The course is a total of 10 hours in length. You will be given 3 hours of homework prior to the course which must be completed followed by classroom based teaching which will last 7 hours. Maximum 8 candidates per class. Costs - £85 per person for training only. Please note that there is an additional cost of £60 per person for RYA Certification / Assessor Fees. This fee is payable direct to RYA which the assessor will collect on day of exam by either cheque or debit card payment.

Courses available on demand, please contact principle

RYA Essential Navigation

Two day classroom course introducing navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew and those wanting to refresh their skills. £150 per person.

Courses available on demand, please contact principle

RYA Day Skipper Theory

An intensive five day land-based course designed for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well – and being responsible when it doesn’t. £275 per person

Courses available on demand, please contact principle

RYA Yacht Master/Coastal Theory

Advanced six day land-based course on skippering techniques for those with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation. Skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations. £350 per person.

Course available on demand, please contact principle

The Citadel Leisure Centre in Ayr is a Royal Yachting Association Recognised Training Centre.

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