Who are the RYA?

Who are the RYA?

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.

Defending your Rights 

As the representative voice of boating, the RYA follows clear principles, set out in the RYA Manifesto, in working to defend your rights of public navigation.

Read the RYA Manifesto in full.

  • Maintain and promote safe, responsible recreational boating
  • Influence all national legislation that may impact on any aspect of recreational boating or navigational safety
  • Resist national legislation that may adversely affect any aspect of recreational boating and navigational safety, or that it believes to be disproportionate, ineffective or unenforceable.

The RYA believes that the public right of navigation is paramount and is fundamental to these principles.

Yacht Racing

The RYA administers the international racing rules of sailing (including windsurfing).

In doing so it aims to

  • Provide the framework for everyone to enjoy racing in whatever capacity and to whatever level the individual desires
  • Ensure that the sports welcome all people and treats them equally
  • Ensure that those who experience racing are encouraged to continue.

International representation

The RYA seeks to promote UK interests and the interests of the sport overall through ISAF the International Sailing Federation, now known as World Sailing.

RYA training courses

RYA instructors are not only highly skilled, but also friendly, supportive, and use the very latest training techniques.  This means you learn quickly, building your skills as well as your confidence in a safe and nurturing environment.

RYA recognised training centres and RYA instructors deliver RYA training courses so always look for the RYA tick-mark logo as a sign of quality assurance.

There are 2,250 RYA recognised training centres in the UK and abroad including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand and the USA.  The centres deliver over 170,000 training courses annually.

UK organisations that have adopted RYA training include the Royal Navy, RNLI, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the MoD, the Police and the Fire Service and Equinox Sailing.

Professional qualifications 

RYA training stands out as a badge of quality wherever you work in the world. Their expertise and experience in developing training courses, together with the backing of the British Government’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) help to demonstrate why RYA qualifications stand out.

From local watersports managers and instructors to military personnel and superyacht captains, an RYA qualification takes your career forward. RYA instruction is supported by people working in the business, so you will also benefit from their real world experience. These people are proof that the RYA is a passport to achieving your goals.

The sheer number of people who have completed an RYA qualification and the commercial success they have found all over the world confirms the value of the training the RYA provides. Over 11,000 professionals working on commercial vessels across the world have RYA Certificates of Competence.

They choose the RYA because they are the largest and longest-established organisation to offer training, and they have a global reputation for quality. The RYA works with governments and other key organisations to develop courses that ensure a level of excellence that is familiar to everyone – especially employers – wherever they live or work.

Growing the sport

The RYA works to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get on the water and give sailing, powerboating or inland boating a try.

The RYA aims to make it as easy as possible for people to continue sailing or powerboating and to learn at local clubs and facilities across the country including the provision of a wide range of RYA courses and books.

Growing the sport is a fundamental aspect of the RYA and it takes on many forms: school programmes, local initiatives and events, youth development courses, books, supporting clubs and more.

3.2 million people actively participate in sailing, powerboating, windsurfing, and inland boating collectively in the UK, why not join them and learn to sail with Equinox Sailing?