Royal Yachting Association

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the organisation in the United Kingdom that oversees all types of yacht, dinghy and motor cruising, personal watercraft and RIBs, sports boats and sail racing. In addition, the RYA is the authority that examines and certifies competency for operating yachts, motorboats and other pleasure craft and issues internationally recognised qualifications for their use. They also issue a range of commercially endorsed licenses for small craft that can be utilised for professional use. 

At CTS, you will be trained by professionals who are fully qualified ship captains and have vast experience handling various types of vessels, ranging from small watercrafts and yachts to large tankers and passenger ferries. They have experience in utilising the latest navigation technology such as electronic charts and GPS but are also well versed in “traditional” coastal and ocean navigation techniques such as chart work, compass use and celestial navigation.

The “Day Skipper” theory courses are offered as two packages – “Day Skipper Basic” and “Day Skipper Plus” both which run over a period of 20 weeks and include classes in Seamanship, Chart Work and Coastal Navigation as per RYA requirements. There are two written examinations which are administered on behalf of the RYA and if passed, delegates will receive a RYA Day Skipper shorebased certificate. This will allow them to work towards a Day Skipper practical course and entry into Coastal Skipper. 

The “Day Skipper Plus” course, in addition to all the elements of the “Day Skipper Basic” course includes RYA courses in Sea Survival, Radar, Short Range Radio and Firefighting at an all-inclusive competitive price.

The Coastal Skipper qualification will further take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As well as the Day Skipper Basic and Plus courses, CTS also offers RYA courses in Basic Survival, Radar and Short-Range Radio as standalone options:

To find out more information or enquire about availability or forthcoming dates please call 0141 427 9411 or email