Who are the Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the primary authority administering the tuition of pleasure craft users in the UK. This includes jet skis and personal watercraft, dinghies, motor boats and, of course, sailing yachts. 

The RYA is a major representative body for waterborne users and runs a well respected programme of internationally recognised training courses from dinghy, powerboat and windsurfers to Offshore Ocean Sailors. The latter qualifications are regulated in conjunction with the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).

RYA accredited sea schools like Jolly Parrot Sailing may deliver structured RYA Theory and Practical course syllabi from Introduction to Yachting up to and including Yachtmaster Ocean. Schools teach and issue certificates up to RYA Coastal Skipper and prepare candidates for the external Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore Examinations. Membership of the RYA also entitles you to significant discounts across the industry.

The RYA Day Skipper certificate is recognised as the entry level skipper’s qualification and the holder is entitled to apply to the RYA for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) which is valid throughout Europe and usually allows the owner to charter yachts in Europe and the Mediterranean.

For more information on the main RYA Courses click the links below;

Jolly Parrot Sailing is a fully accredited RYA Sailing School and Training Centre, based in the tidal waters of Gibraltar in the Western Mediterranean.