RYA start yachting
RYA Coastal skipper
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
RYA Yachtmaster coastal waypoint amsterdam sailing school

RYA Courses

Waypoint Amsterdam Sailing School has been recognised by the Royal Yachting Association.
This means that all candidates are guaranteed to receive high quality sailtraining by one of our dedicated RYA instructors. With a candidate to instructors ratio of 5 :1 we will build your confidence and skills to a high standard.
Our instructors are highly motivated, have a good sense of humour and are very patient.
We will never forget that you are here for the enjoyment of sailing and to escape the world of stress.

The following courses are included in our training scheme.

See our Specials for other course options!

Course Pre-course Knowledge/Experience Ability After Course
Own Boat Tuition None
RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship  Shorebased None Basic introduction to navigation and safety 
RYA Start Yachting  Taster
None First steps to becoming a knowledgeable  and useful crew member
RYA Competent Crew
None Knowledgeable and useful crew member
RYA Day Skipper Theory
Some practical experience desired Theoretical knowledge of basic seamanship, navigation and meteorology
RYA Day Skipper Practical Basic navigation and sailing ability. 5 days sailing, 100 miles, 4 night hours Skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day
RYA  Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory
Practical experience desirable
Navigation to Day Skipper theory standard
Theoretical knowledge of offshore and coastal navigation, pilotage and meteorology
RYA Coastal
Skipper Practical
15 days (2 days as skipper)
300 miles, 8 night hours
Navigation to Y
achtmaster Coastal/offshore theory standard, sailing to day skipper standard 
Can skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night


RYA Yachtmaster Coastal  prep+ RYA/MCA Exam*
30 days (2 days as skipper)
800 miles, 12 night hours
Navigation to
Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore theory standard, sailing to day skipper standard
VHF/SRC licence
First Aid certificate
Has the knowledge and ability to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but not necessarily the experience needed to undertake longer passages. Has the same theoretical knowledge as a Yachtmaster Offshore to enable him or her to perform as smoothly or consistently 
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep + MCA/RYA exam*
50 days (5 days as skipper)
2500 miles
5 passages over 60 miles including 2 overnight
and 2 as skipper
Navigation to
Yachtmaster  Coastal/Offshore theory standard
VHF/SRC licence
First Aid certificate
A Yachtmaster is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from a harbour.
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean

RYA Brochure 

* It is strongly recommended that you take a preparation course prior to taking the practical examinations

RYA Courses

Our Sailingschool


Excellent instructor’s, I had a marvellous week !!!



Frequent Asked Questions



Handy and free articles



Overview of all RYA Courses