RYA Training Centre logoWe’re a recognised RYA Training Centre based at James Watt Dock Marina in Greenock. We deliver accredited RYA courses in and around the tidal waters of the Firth of Clyde.

Looking for a structured practical RYA course to teach you some sailing basics? Seeking confidence and qualifications to let you skipper a charter yacht yourself? Aiming to achieve the RYA Yachtmaster™ certificate of competence? Look no further! We offer a full range of RYA courses, from Start Yachting to Yachtmaster preparation.

RYA Sail Cruising Courses (price per person)Peak Off-peak
Start Yachting
2 days. For beginners, all ages.
Have fun while experiencing sail handling, rope work and steering a yacht, and gain an awareness of safety on board. Courses are approximately 16 hours and can also be run over a series of sessions.
Competent Crew
5 days. For beginners, all ages.
Designed to teach you the ropes, get to know the boat and become an active crew member. Learn to steer, handle sails, keep watch, row a dinghy and assist in daily on board duties. Courses can also be run over two weekends (2+3 days). Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can complete the Competent Crew course in a reduced time of 3 days.
Day Skipper
5 days. For people with some previous yachting experience, basic navigation and sailing skills, 16 years and over.
Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and to ensure your safety. Courses can also be run over two weekends (2+3 days).
Coastal Skipper
5 days. For people of Day Skipper standard, ages 17 years and over. Advanced skippering techniques consisting of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.
Extended RYA course
7 days. Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper

We deliver RYA Yachtmaster™ preparation. The RYA Yachtmaster™ Certificate of Competence is a well known and highly respected qualification worldwide. It allows you to prove your experience and competence as a skipper. Unlike other courses in the cruising programme, there is no formal training to complete in order to become a Yachtmaster™. If you have sufficient experience and sea time you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge.

Rival Sailing prices are all-inclusive with no hidden costs. You get all meals aboard the boat and (non-alcoholic) beverages & snacks throughout. Fuel and berthing fees are included. We can arrange a meal on the evening of arrival at your own cost.

Peak season: May to September; Off-peak: October to April (inclusive). Multi-booking discounts are available on request.

Contact us to BOOK NOW or to discuss dates for any of these RYA courses, refreshers and preparation. 

IMPORTANT: Before booking please make sure you read our Booking Terms & Conditions.

Complaints procedure: We’re confident you’ll enjoy your experience aboard East End Endeavour but if you have any complaints please contact us in the first instance. We welcome constructive feedback on our post-course evaluation forms. If you still feel the issue has not been resolved to your satisfaction we will refer you to the RYA.

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