RYA Sail Training

RYA training courses with Barcelona Watersports offer you Internationally recognised certificates from the most well respected scheme in the World. We offer a wide range of courses for all ability levels from learning to sail to becoming a Yachtmaster and professional skipper. We love boating and we want to pass on our passion.

Learn to Sail

For beginners we offer a weekend sailing taster called Start Yachting, this course is designed for those who want to give Sailing a try but don’t want to commit yet to the full Competent Crew course. Once you complete the Start Yachting course you can build in this with a further weekend of training to complete the RYA Competent Crew.

RYA Competent Crew beginners Course

Completed over 2 x Weekends or 5 days Monday to Friday, this is a beginners course to teach you all the controls, sail trimming, boat handling and steering. We complete short trips to other locations and try out anchoring to have lunch and coming into different marinas. You will come away from this course a very useful member of any boat, ideal if you are going away on a charter holiday, crewing on a racing boat or just want a fun week out on the water.

RYA Day Skipper

This is the main aim for most people, if you own a boat or looking to charter or rent boats then this course gives you all the confidence and knowledge you need to be a skipper. Before going on the Day skipper course you must at least of completed the Competent crew or have the equivalent experience and please ask if you are unsure if you are ready.

The course has two elements, the Dayskipper theory which you can complete online or in the classroom and then the 5 day practical course. The theory course covers all the navigation, tides, collision regulations, weather and passage planning. You will then put all this into practice and the practical course planning and completing some trips along the coast as skipper, this really prepares you with practical experience. The course also covers loads of practical skills from coming along sides, anchoring, picking top a person overboard and other emergency situations, plus lots of best sailing of the boat and crew safety.

Coastal Skipper

If you have been skippering practicing all those skills from the Day Skipper course and want to start sailing longer trips exploring areas further away the Coastal Skipper course is designed for day and night navigation, taking you from day hoping to best practices for sailing longer trips, a perfect example would be the 100 mile plus trip from Barcelona to Mallorca or 60 miles plus heading north to get to amazing Costa Brava locations like Cadaques where you need to sail throughout the day and evening to reach these and all the planning to do this.

Yachtmaster Coastal & Offshore

The Yachtmaster is an exam with an authorised MCA/RYA examiner, often stressful but with huge reward that brings massive opportunities in the boating worlds whether to become a commercial skipper or work up the ranks on the Super Yachts. We provide a practical preparation with experienced instructors to help prepare you for the exam and making all the arrangements


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star rating  Absolutely amazing experience! Staff was so lovely accommodated for the occasion! was able to stop off and have a sunset swim. Beautiful sights of the coast line! Thank you so... read more

August 1, 2022

star rating  My husband and I bought a boat this summer, and although we had used it a few times, we were grateful for the tuition and confidence that our trainer, Seb,... read more

October 5, 2020

star rating  We where very lucky to have good wind and lots of sun. Faith was a great skipper with interesting stories (don't trust routine) and we loved swimming behind t

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