RYA Courses

Quaystage training

Sailing Courses

Quaystage training provides dedicated youth and teen RYA courses to schools and individuals throughout the year. 

As a recognised RYA Training Centre, we are able to offer the full RYA Yachtmaster training syllabus. Throughout the sailing season, we offer a full range of practical and shore-based courses, along with a number of online theory courses.

Our courses are predominantly open to young people aged 12-24, however, we do run adult training weeks during the school term period. RYA sailing programmes for families are also available during school holidays.

Many of our summer teen and youth Sail Camp adventures offer RYA certifications, and are run during the school holiday periods.

Why do your RYA Course


Professional friendly, patient and encouraging instructors
Guidance every step of the way, so you can grow in confidence throughout your course & feel assured of your abilities on the water
DBS certified staff, with youth and adult sail training experience
Ideal group size and staff/student ratio
Additional staff for safeguarding where necessary
Course delivery tailored for group type, i.e.: teenagers, adults or family group

Theory courses in navigation and seamanship will provide you with the skills you’ll need once you are out on the water in order to navigate your vessel safely and with confidence.

Our shore-based courses are a fantastic way to prepare yourself for practical courses and make the most of your time on the water. Depending on your desired RYA qualification and chosen course format, they may sometimes be required as a prerequisite.


Quaystage Training’s  RYA practical sailing courses are conducted in Solent,  and South Coast of England onboard our training yachts based from Hamble Point Marina or Port Solent. There may be occasions when our course start in other locations. You will be informed at the time of booking where your course starts, and this will be confirmed in your joining instructions.

We offer the complete RYA Yachtmaster Cruising Scheme Syllabus. Our open RYA training weeks for individual bookings are usually 5 day courses from Monday to Friday and in the last week of each calendar month.

For Schools, colleges and other youth organisations we are able to create bespoke training programmes during school term periods and weekends.  Please contact us for information.


Our RYA completion weekends are an opportunity for our Sail Camp participants to complete RYA certificates they have started on one of our Sail Camps. This could be an RYA Day Skipper* for our more experienced Sail Campers, or a Competetent Crew certificate for those following up from a first Sail Camp.

Our RYA weekends can be booked individually as part of your Start Yachting, Competent Crew or Day Skipper scheme as well. However, reduced prices apply for combined bookings with a Sail Camp or DofE Expedition programme.

* Please get in touch with us regarding your previous experience and required preparation for your Day Skipper practical course before booking.

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Which RYA



Start Yachting

If you have never sailed before the best course to start with is an RYA Start Yachting Course where you can start learning from the basics. This course enables you to “try it and see” if you like sailing. This certificate is included in many of our youth sailing programmes.

Sail Camps and DofE


Competent Crew

Beginners can also take a 5 day RYA Competent Crew course, which can also be conducted on 2 weekends. Or you can add a 3 day weekend to your Start Yachting experience.

If you achieved your Start Yachting qualification on one of our Sail Camps or DofE Expedition programmes, you can book one of our RYA weekends at a reduced price to complete your Competent Crew qualification.

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Day Skipper…

The next step is the RYA Day Skipper Theory, followed by the RYA Day Skipper Practical Sailing Course which prepares you to take a boat out on your own as Skipper, and gives you the confidence to charter a boat in familiar waters. The practical course is usually 5 days but can also be completed over 2 weekends.


Coastal Skipper

Having conquered the Day Skipper qualification, you can then complete your RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course, giving you that extra confidence for passage making and night sailing. 

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Yachtmaster Coastal + Offshore

Completing your Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore qualification requires a little more work than your previous ones – after all, with these certificates you will be able to undertake passages up to 150 nm away from the shore (Yachtmaster Offshore)! And you can even have them commercially endorsed in order to work as a Skipper in the yachting industry yourself!

Completing your Yachtmaster Coastal + Offshore will require both theory and practical courses, extensive sailing experience as well a practical exam.


Yachtmaster Ocean

The ultimate aim of any aspiring sailor – this internationally respected qualification shows extensive experience and competence in sailing worldwide. Plus, the Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course will finally unravel the mysteries of the sextant and teach you all about astro navigation!

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