RYA Sailing Courses

Why get Certified?

RYA courses are world renowned as having some of the highest standards of training within the yachting industry. Recognised training courses are the best way to become safe and confident in sailing a yacht. We and our insurers look for suitable qualifications if you are taking a yacht out on a bare boat basis.

Our courses are taught on a private basis which is ideal for a family or group of friends (you hire your own yacht and have your own dedicated instructor) or you can visit the area as an individual and we group people together on a yacht. We are more than happy to teach different courses on the same yacht if you have crew of mixed experience.

At Sail Grenadines we will have a maximum of 5 students on board for the week. We also teach many courses with only two on board which allows much more time to develop individual skills.

The Grenadines is classed as a tidal sailing area and has many exciting challenges along with good sailing wind every day.

What is the RYA?

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the U.K. national body for all forms of boating under power or sail, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising, and personal watercraft. RYA qualifications are highly respected and recognised world wide.

Sail Grenadines RYA Sea School

Whether this will be your first time on a boat or you are already an experienced sailor, you course will be adapted to your specific needs, at the same time as covering the RYA syllabus.

We are one of the few established RYA Sea Schools in the Caribbean and the only one in St Vincent and the Grenadines and we have a team of highly qualified and experienced Instructors teaching the full range of RYA Cruising Courses on a fleet of modern, well maintained and fully equipped yachts. Please don’t hesitate to call or email us if you require any further information about our courses.

RYA Course progression

5 days


5 days

Ideal for dinghy sailors, new sailors or anyone who has already done some crewing but would like to know a little more.


A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship.  This course should be treated as essential for anyone wishing to complete the Day Skipper practical course. Sail Grenadines recommends completing the theory courses before visiting us in the Grenadines


This teaches you the skills of Pilotage, Navigation, Seamanship and boat handling needed to safely skipper a yacht in a familiar area by day. A very thorough course of skill building which is ideal for anyone who has done a little sailing before, ideally in the form of the Competent Crew Course (and has good theory knowledge). If you have sailed with friends or been on flotillas, we suggest brushing up on the basics before you arrive like knots, parts of the boat and all the competent crew aspects – there is a lot to learn when doing the Day Skipper Practical.


This is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology essential before taking the Coastal Skipper practical course.


The Coastal Skipper course teaches the skills and techniques required to safely skipper a yacht on coastal or offshore passages by day and night. It is a more advanced course refining and developing skills learn on the Day Skipper Practical

5 days + exam


5 days + exam

A week of preparation before an exam.  The Yachtmaster Coastal exam is for skippers with he knowledge needed to skipper a sailing yacht on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience to undertake longer passages.

5 days + exam


5 days + exam

A week of preparation before an exam. A Yachtmaster Offshore is competent to skipper a Sailing Yacht on any passage during which the vessel is no more than 150 miles from harbour.