Books and Resources
The courses we run often require some knowledge before attending them, and the RYA has recommended reading for each course. In addition there is a wealth of additional information and resources for both the recreational and commercial boat user, whether you are a yachtsman, powerboater, motor cruiser, fisherman, or just want to expand your knowledge. If you are unsure please feel free to contact us by email for advice.
There are many other books and resources available in the RYA Online shop, so if you can't find what you are looking for here then click this link to see resources in the RYA Dinghy Sailing Scheme, RYA Windsurf Scheme, RYA Yachtmaster Scheme as well as Instructor Resources.
RYA Start Powerboating
This is the official course book for Levels 1 and 2 of the RYA National Powerboat Scheme (formally Powerboat Practical Course Notes). It goes through everything you need to know as a novice powerboater, from basics such as the boat and the equipment you need, through to berthing and man overboard techniques.
RYA Powerboat Handbook
This edition of the RYA Powerboat Handbook is a must if you are looking to progress to the intermediate levels of the RYA Powerboat Scheme. It has been updated with new information on electronic navigation and handling at speed, and will help you to acquire the knowledge and confidence to get the most from your time on the water.
RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus and Logbook
This new edition of the RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus and Logbook details the structure and content of all courses from beginner to advanced within the RYA Powerboat Scheme. There is also a logbook section which enables you to keep a record of your personal powerboating achievements plus information relating to all relevant shorebased courses.
Advanced Powerboat Handbook
This handbook is the official companion to the RYA Powerboat Advanced course, but it is also equally relevant to those who are simply keen to develop and consolidate their knowledge to help improve their theoretical and practical skills. The book focuses on the advanced aspects of powerboating and demystifies the more complicated techniques for operating an open vessel by day and night.
An Introduction to Navigation
The book guides the reader through the basic steps of navigation so that they can learn to navigate successfully. It supports many of the RYA courses, including the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course.
RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Notes
This new edition of the RYA Yachmaster Shorebased Notes covers the theoretical knowledge base required before attending the RYA Advanced Powerboat course. It includes enhanced sections on weather, navigation, pilotage, voyage planning and special situations when afloat alongside notes on all aspects of the syllabus.
RYA Weather Handbook
This edition of the RYA Weather Handbook covers the Northern and Southern hemispheres, and is full of practical and useful information, on aspects such as theory, weather charts, clouds, predicting the wind, and the technology used in sourcing meteorological information.
RYA Yachtmaster Syllabus and Logbook
This book provides detailed information about the structure and content of the practical and shorebased courses for both sail and motor cruising with the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme. It also provides pages for you to log your progress and keep your certificates.
RYA Navigation Handbook
The complete guide to navigation for anyone taking to the water. It provides the reader with a sound understanding of the principles of navigation as well as providing insight into the ways in which electronic navigation can be used to best effect.
RYA Navigation Exercises
Exercises to accompany all RYA Training courses. All vital aspects of seamanship are included,from estimated positions and tide tables to meteorology and maydays. Through full colour illustrations, this book follows the newly revised Yachmaster syllabus and includes recent developments in electronic chart plotting and GPS.
RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
This edition provides a clear and authoritative explanation of each regulation, helping any seafarer understand their responsibilities. Chapters include Assessing the risk, Who Gives Way, Restricted Visibility, Lights and Shapes, Sound and Light Signals, and guides the reader through the regulations.
RYA Passage Planning
This book will help you make passage planning routine, allowing you to work through some examples of different passages, allowing you to prepare thoroughly before setting off.
Symbols and Abbreviations (5011)
Essential for all mariners using Admiralty charts, this publication illustrates Symbols and Abbreviations in full colour, along with full explanations.
RYA Astro Navigation Handbook
This handbook is ideal for anyone new to celestial navigation, or wanting to update their Astro skills. It is the course book for anyone taking an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course.
Reeds Nautical Almanac
The indispensable trusted annual companion of navigational data, providing all the information required to navigate coastal waters around the UK and the entire European coastline.
RYA Diesel Engine Handbook
Essential reading for all diesel engine boat owners, and the accompanying book for the one-day RYA Diesel Engine course.
RYA An Introduction to Radar
Follows the syllabus of the RYA one-day Radar course and is ideal for anyone requiring a working knowledge of radar.