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"Thank you for visiting our virtual home. Due to a recent personal development I am now spending a significant amount of time between Scotland and Dubai. While not yet committed, we are looking at the possibility of expanding our operation by opening a training centre in the UAE.

If you are interested in the opportunity to receive Royal Yacht Association training in the UAE, we would be interested in hearing from you. If we get enough interest then we would submit a registration request for a UAE based centre with the RYA, with the possibility of starting to running theory training courses from one or more locations within the UAE during 2013, and a package deal to enable the completion of practical courses at our base in Scotland during the 'warmer' UAE summer months."

-- Deborah Gulliver, Sailing Principal


The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the national body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and narrowboats, and personal watercraft, with RYA qualifications known and respected around the world.  The RYA works hard to ensure the highest standards are maintained, so you can rest assured that training with a RYA training centre is the best way to learn how to sail or improve your sailing knowledge and ability.

BRITSAIL is a RYA approved training centre based in Kip Marina, Scotland's Premier Marina, on the West Coast of Scotland specialising in the teaching of all sailing competencies.  We run a full programme of RYA theory and practical courses from RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship and RYA Start Yachting, through RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper, RYA Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster® and RYA Yachtmaster Ocean from our comfortable classroom and modern sailing yachts.

From our base on the Firth of Clyde we have access to some of the most spectacular and uncrowded sailing grounds to be found anywhere in the UK, or the world for that matter.  With the Kintyre Peninsular, the Kyles of Bute, the Isle of Arran, the Isle of Cumbrae, Loch Fyne, Loch Long, Holy Loch and many more potential ports of call on our doorstep with waters that offer superb scenery and wildlife such as dolphins, porpoise and even whales, we promise you an unforgettable experience.

RYA Courses and Qualifications

RYA Start Yachting is a two-day practical course and provides a short introduction to sail cruising for the beginner. It isn't mandatory to attend this course before progressing to one of the more advanced practical courses, but it is a good taster course. By the end of this course, you will have steered a yacht, handled the sails, completed rope work and learned about on board safety.

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship is a two day theory course provides an introduction to the basic skills required before taking a small boat to sea or taking an active part in running a boat.

RYA Competent Crew is for beginners and those who would like to become an active crew member rather than just a passenger. The course covers basic seamanship, sailing and helming skills, safety and living on board. By the end of the 5 day course you will have experienced living on board and really get to know the yacht. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew - without you the sails won't go up and the boat won't be steered. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board. You will have visited some interesting places and had an enjoyable holiday.

RYA Day Skipper Theory should be taken before the Day Skipper Practical course. It covers all a skipper needs to know about the theory of navigation, seamanship, weather and electronic navigation aids. If you attend this course before the practical, you will find that the practical makes a lot more sense and you will be able to concentrate on the boat handling aspects more fully.

RYA Marine Radio teaches you how to operate the new range of VHF (Very High Frequency) DSC (Digital Selective Calling) radios. Once you have passed this course you will receive the short range radio certificate, required to legally on a VHF radio. It is advised to attend this course before attending the Day Skipper Practical.

RYA Day Skipper Practical is for those who have some experience of sailing as crew and who wish to go on to skipper boats on short passages by day. The course concentrates on boat handling under power and sail, navigation, pilotage and the skills necessary to skipper a boat. Before attending this course, you should ideally have achieved 100 miles at sea with five days on board, including a night passage. This will qualify you to apply for an International Certificate of Competence, a certificate which a lot of charter companies expect you to hold before they will trust you with a yacht.

RYA Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster Theory is an advanced course in navigational theory, seamanship and weather. It prepares you for the practical assessment at both levels.

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical is for those wishing to advance their skippering techniques. This course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations. It is a satisfying but intensive week and you should already have completed the RYA Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course before attending this course as there is insufficient time to teach the theory during what is an intense 5 days.

RYA Yachtmaster Practical Preparation prepares you for the formal RYA assessment. Four days will be spent with your instructor revising the skills on which you will be tested by the examiner, who joins the boat on day five of the course. By now you should be skilled in effective passage planning and making, pilotage both by day and night, yacht handling under sail and power, and coverage of all the "what if" situations you need to be prepared for at sea. The examiner will give each candidate a minimum of eight hours in which to show his skills as a skipper at these advanced levels. Details of the pre-assessment requirements are given in the cruising log book G15.

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory covers all aspects of astro-navigation, world wide meteorology, passage planning and making, finishing with an exam paper.

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Passage. To gain your Yachtmaster Ocean certificate, you must complete a passage of 600 miles, lasting at least 96 hours in a sailing yacht. 200 miles of this passage must have been at least 50 miles from land. You take your sights, work out your position, and assess deviation on the steering compass. You need to have taken part in the preparation of the boat, set up and run a watch system and been responsible for the decision making on passage. At the end of the trip, take your log, sight forms and plotting sheets to an assessor who will question you on the detail of the passage.

Located at Kip Marina, Scotland’s Premier Marina, at the heart of the some of the most beautiful sailing waters in the world... and may be running theory courses in the UAE soon'ish!
Close to Glasgow Airport and easily accessible by car and public transport... or by foot if you live in Inverkip!
A Sailing Principal with a passion for sailing and extensive sail cruising and racing experience both nationally and internationally
Our instructors are first and foremost yachties, picked for their passion for sailing, endless patience and sense of humour, enabling them to deliver the best and most enjoyable sailing courses available anywhere.
Our sailing courses are the best value you will find anywhere in Scotland.
We don’t believe in charging you for extras... all-inclusive means all-inclusive!
Modern, comfortable and safe cruising yachts.
Satellite tracking of our yachts so that you can share your location via Google Earth with family and friends... or not, as the case may be!
Free photos and video of your practical course available for download.

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