We offer a variety of online and shorebased courses detailed below. Click on each one for further information, costs and booking details. Click here for a course guide to all RYA shorebased and online courses.

Online courses include support from a tutor by email.

Classroom based courses are usually based in Portree. However if there are a few of you then a course can be set up on dates and at a location to suit you (contact us for this).

If you are unsure or can't find what you want then please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your requirements.

  • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship
    • An introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and for those wanting to refresh their skills. This online course works well complementing the Powerboat Level 2 practical course.
  • RYA Day Skipper
    • A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers, that equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day, while a basic knowledge of lights is included to introduce you to night cruising. This course can be taken either online or in the classroom.
  • RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore
    • Advanced training for more experienced skippers. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills. It complements the Powerboat Intermediate and Advanced practical courses. This course can be taken either online or in the classroom.
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
    • This course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising, and is ideal for holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate. It covers astro navigation, using a sextant, ocean passage making, worldwide meteorology and electronic navigation aids. This course is only available online.
  • VHF/SRC Marine Radio Course and examination
    • This is the minimum qualification to operate VHF and DSC equipment. It includes both fixed and hand held equipment using international channels, and covers all aspects of operation including distress calls. This course is usually taken as an online course, followed by the examination (which is an additional cost).
    • The examination follows the course above. This is usually based in Portree. 
  • Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR)
    • A compulsory online course for all RYA Commercial Endorsement holders, covering the legal aspects of the commercial environment. This is an online course.
  • Safe and Fun
    • This course is suitable for anyone working with children and vulnerable adults. It is a requirement for all RYA Coaches and Instructors prior to their training course. This is an online course.