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With 10 RN/RM supported Sailing Centres offering RYA courses there are plenty of opportunities for RNSA members to gain sailing, windsurfing and powerboating qualifications. These include the Joint Services Adventure Sail Training Centre which is co-located with Hornet Services Sailing Club in Gosport. RNSA also offers RYA Interactive Training. Details of the centres and the course programmes are listed on this page.

Training Courses

Training Courses

Date Course School Notes

Interactive Training

Interactive Training

The RNSA is recognised as a RYA Interactive Training Centre and is able to offer Interactive Training Courses at a reduced rate for members. The courses currently available are listed below.

Application Process: Since these courses are only available to RNSA members at the discounted rate, you must apply and pay through the members' only area of the website using the Online Shop. You will then be sent an email link to sign onto the RYA Interactive site where you will create a password and commence the course.

Course Details Price
Essential Navigation & Seamanship course This is a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice. If you decide to take the course online, you will find many interactive exercises to help reinforce the information and lots of chances to try out what you've learned.
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The ICC CEVNI Test Anyone requiring an ICC valid for inland waters must pass the CEVNI Test. The test can be arranged through a RYA recognised training centre or an affiliated club authorised to carry out the test. A valid ICC is often required for cruising Europe’s inland waters. To validate your ICC (International Certificate of Competence) for inland waters you must take the CEVNI test, which checks your knowledge of the rules and signs that skippers of pleasure craft are expected to know and follow.
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Professional Practices and Responsibilities Each year approximately 4,500 people apply to the RYA for a commercial endorsement in order to use their RYA qualifications professionally as skipper or crew. You could be doing anything from delivering a new 35’ yacht or driving a workboat with lifting and towing gear, to running a superyacht in the Med. Whatever your job is on board, in the commercial world you are a professional seafarer. As such, you are no different from the captain of a cruise liner – you have a duty of care to crew, passengers, and other water users, and you will be held to account if things go wrong.
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Marine Radio (SRC) A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.
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£35 (+£30 for examination)

Technical requirements:

The courses generally have the following minimum requirements:

  • Internet connection (broadband or 3G). Charges may apply for 3G
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Microphone and speakers/headphones

Platform specific minimum requirements (in addition, see ‘Known issues’ below):

  • Mac 2008 models or above. Intel processor OS X 10.5 or above
  • PC Windows Vista Service Pack 2 1 GHz (x86) processor 512 MB RAM Sound card.
  • Quicktime (for viewing videos) – available from
  • iPad/iPad Mini using iOS 6 or above.
  • Older generation iPads may have performance issues.

Netbooks are not supported due to the reduced screen resolution. Internet security software, firewalls and some companies’ own security may stop the training modules running. Some assistance with allowing the course to install when blocked by security software is available in the Help section on RYA Interactive.

Sail Training Centres

Sail Training Centres


RN Sailing Manager

Wayne will advise on all Sailing matters. Due to the nature of the job Wayne is often on the road or at one of the Sailing Centres and can be contacted on 07786702143.


Falmouth Boats - Culdrose

Welcome to Culdrose Sailing Centre, we are a navy sailing centre attach to (HMS Seahawk) located in Falmouth Cornwall. Falmouth offers some of the best cruising grounds in the UK providing endless opportunities to explore the local creeks and estuaries located on the south coast of sunny Cornwall. The centre is located next to the maritime museum which over looks the second largest natural harbour in the world.

We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide range of facilities including two charter yachts, two adventure training yachts STC’ S and run RYA Dinghy and Powerboat courses.

We are open seven days a week during the summer months (May-September) and are closed during the winter months. If you are in Falmouth pop in for a sail or to take out one of our chevertons.


Jupiter Point

The MoD yachts Sea Lion (Westerly 37, Sleeps 8) and Cornish Air (Rustler 36, sleep 6) are available when not in use by Youth Training. Availability can be checked through Jupiter Point River Office Manager - Mr Graham 'Digger' Gardiner 01752 811206.

There is also an establishment charter yacht 'Sea Shanty' which belongs to Raleigh CAF available. For more information and bookings contact CPO Pye on 01752 811206 or Jackie Devereux 01752 811234 .


RN/RM Sailing Centre The Camber

Welcome to the Camber Sailing Centre based at Stonehouse Barracks. We are an accredited RYA training centre open all year round NOT including weekends during the summer (May to September) offering a full range of practical and shore-based courses for dinghy sailing, power boating and yachting. Recreational use is encouraged as the majority of our activity takes place within Plymouth Sound which is one of the best areas for sailing in the UK. This relatively small centre offers a huge range of courses and facilities to all serving personnel and their dependants run in a very professional yet relaxed manner.
COME RACING!! RNSA Thu evening racing starts 11/4/16 and runs every week until 15/9/16. Legendary BBQ on completion of Series 1 races on 23 Jun and equally legendary Curry Night on completion of Series 2 races on15 Sep. All RNSA members are very welcome and encouraged to take part. POC & organiser - Roger Irvine on Mob 07747 168553 or email This race series


BRNC Sandquay - Dartmouth

There have been recent changes to the costs for using Sandquay moorings. DIO is charging £7 per metre per night with all monies being collected by River staff for payment to the MOD. Harbour due are payable to the Harbour Master's office in addition. Regrettably at the present time there are no RNSA member preference rates available.


CTC RM Water Activity Centre - Exmouth


RMB Chivenor Water Resource and Training Centre

Note: Military Mobile: 07525 968911
The Centre is open from April – October. It is a RYA Training Centre.
Facilities: Camping area for up to 40 people.
Bar and BBQ area.
Heads and Showers with 24hr access all year.

Water sports equipment for hire:-
Surf Boards, Boogie Boards, Stand up Paddle Boards.
Kayaks, Canoes, Sit on Tops.
Dinghies Pico, Bosun, Topper, Lazer, RS 400.
Power Boat:- Ribcraft 4.85.

You will need the correct certification or be under guidance of a instructor for all water sports.

For further information and booking please contact the Centre Manager.


RNSC Portsmouth

RNSC is an area facility providing an all year round service including most weekends opening each day from 0800 until 1700 extending during the summer months until sunset.

The centre has 4 main functions:-
1. It provides afloat facilities and support for visiting units of the Combined Cadet Forces, Sea Cadets and Sea Scouts.
2. It provides recreational dinghy sailing and powerboating facilities for Service Personnel and their dependants serving or living in the South East of England, visiting RN and RFA ships including Service Personnel from visiting Foreign Navies.
3. It supports both the Central and Portsmouth Branch of the Royal Naval Sailing Association and local establishments in providing dinghies and powerboats for team racing, individual racing, Regattas and departmental activities.
4. As a Recognised Training centre it provides dinghy and powerboat training to Royal Yachting Association standards.


Port Edgar

Port Edgar, formerley HMS LOCHINVAR, is situated on the South Bank of the Forth Estuary, almost under The Forth Road Bridge and accessed from South Queensferry. The Boat Station (signposted RNSA) facilities are located within the marina and consist of a boatshed and adjacent pontoons. Staffed by Sea Cadet Corps Instructors RNSA conducts Thursday evening sailing in the summer months and suitably qualified personnel are able to sail during the day. Boats held at Port Edgar are Bosuns, Picos and Lasers.

There is a full programme of RYA Dinghy and Power Boat Courses . Course dates are published in the Spring but additional courses are held so it is worth telephoning the Boat Station Staff for an update.


Neptune Sailing Club

HMS Neptune SC (NSC) shares the same building as the RNSC. The RNSC provides recreational keel/dinghy sailing and powerboating facilities for Service Personnel and their dependants serving or living in the northern region command area, visiting RN and RFA ships including Service Personnel from visiting Foreign Navies. The RNSC acts as the local poc for Exercise Highland Express, an annual tri-service sail training exercise, using a JSASTC yacht, more details on JSASTC website. The NSC has 2 club boats Scorcher & Fiasco and encourages racing, Regattas and departmental activities. As a Recognised Training centre it provides Keelboat, dinghy, shorebased and powerboat training to Royal Yachting Association standards.
Additional POC - Martin Peacock - Sailing Centre Assistant Manager - email


JSSC Stavanger

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The mission of the Joint Warfare Centre Stavanger Sailing Club (JSSC) is to encourage the sport of sailing within JWC by providing a safe, family-friendly environment for the conduct of offshore and dinghy sailing and the provision of Royal Yachting Association certified sail training courses. Access to and us of the following sailing craft; Hallberg Rassey 310 yacht, 6 x Pico dinghy, 10 x Topper dinghy, 8 x Bosun dinghy, 2 x Optimist dinghy, 2 x Dart catamaran , 2 x Laser dinghy, 1 x 470 dinghy.


Thorney Island Water Sports Centre

Army Sailing Association Website:- Please go to the 'Central' Tab above. Then down on the left hand side click 'Links'. Then click 'Army SA'. Their 'new' website will come up including an exciting video.



JSASTC Website:- Please go to the 'Central' Tab above. Then down on the left hand side click 'Links'. Then click 'JSASTC'. Their website will come up with all the details of JSASTC Courses, the documentation required, expeditions etc plus their mission statement.

For your convenience their section Contact details (which are also available on the JSASTC Website):
Courses/Victoria 34's 02392 765971 or MoD 93 80 65971
Ops/Large STV's 02392 765924 or MoD 93 80 65924
COURSES/VIC 34'S: MIL:9380 65971 CIV:02392765971
Expeditions 02392 765417 or MoD 93 80 65417

Centre Contact Address Tel Email
RN Sailing Manager Wayne Shirley HMS TEMERAIRE Burnaby Road PORTSMOUTH Hampshire PO1 2HB 02392 583063
Falmouth Boats - Culdrose Mr Graham Williams (Principal) Culdrose Sailing Centre, Grove Place, Falmouth, Cornwall, Tr114AU 01326312364 summers, 01326552651 winters
Jupiter Point CPO (Sea) C Pye Jupiter Point, RNSTU, HMS Raleigh Torpoint Cornwall. PL11 2PD. 01752 811206, MoD 93 75 41206, Mobile 07525 968932
RN/RM Sailing Centre The Camber Mr Richard Fisher The Camber, Royal Marines Barracks, Durnford St, Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon. PL1 3QS (01752) 836926 Mil: 937536926
BRNC Sandquay - Dartmouth WO1 SEA RIVERO 01803 677088
CTC RM Water Activity Centre - Exmouth David Hay CTCRM Water Activity Centre Manager, Point Terrace, Exmouth EX8 1EF 01395 268867 Mobile: 07769 972436
RMB Chivenor Water Resource and Training Centre Water Resource and Training Centre RMB Chivenor Barnstaple Devon EX31 4 AZ 01271857694 or MoD 93 779 7694
RNSC Portsmouth Lee Bichard Royal Navy Sailing Centre Building 257 HMS EXCELLENT Whale Island PORTSMOUTH PO2 8ER 02392 547296/547295/547292 or Mil 93 832 7296/7295/7292 or
Port Edgar Lt (SCC) Jeanette Hallas RNR (Principal) and Rhys Gorman (CI) c/o HMS CALEDONIA, Hilton Road, Rosyth, FIFE, KY11 2XH 0131 331 3056 (Boat Station Staff)
Neptune Sailing Club PO (MW) Andrew Fielding HMS Neptune SC, HMNB Clyde, Faslane, G84 8HL 01436 674321 3519 0r Mil 93255 3519
JSSC Stavanger Cdr Peter Frankham Joint Warfare Centre, PO Box 8080, Eikesetveien 29, N-4068 Stavanger 00 47 5287 9433
Thorney Island Water Sports Centre Richard Thisby - Principal Glebe House, Baker Barracks, Thorney Island, Emsworth Hampshire PO10 01243 388315
JSASTC Hornet Mike Barham - JSASTC Programme & Projects Officer Haslar Road GOSPORT Hampshire PO12 2AQ General Enquiries 02392 765417 or MoD 93 80 65417