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Top Qualifications for Professional and Leisure Sailors

RYA Training Centre, Courses for Sail and Power, Adventure Sailing Holidays and Charter

~ Learn to sail close to the heart of London and the South-East ~

  • Beginners' Courses

    Your enjoyment and safety depends on good training at the beginner level. Our friendly and patient instructors will help you to ‘learn the ropes’ and have fun in the process.


    To learn to sail a yacht, choose from a beginner’s sailing weekend (RYA Start Yachting Course) or go straight to a RYA Competent Crew course.
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    If you want to learn to crew or drive a motor cruiser, choose an RYA Start Motor Cruising or RYA Helmsman course.
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  • Classroom Courses

    The complete range of RYA classroom courses runs at our base at Chatham, Kent, less than an hour from central London. Evening navigation theory courses also run at our classroom in London EC4. Our shore-based course instructors are also current practical instructors. We make subjects relevant, interesting and fun to study.
    Courses in Chatham
    Courses in London
  • Courses for Skippers

    The RYA skipper training system starts with day skipper and goes on to coastal skipper and yachtmaster. Separate practical courses run for sail and power but supporting classroom courses are common. Our courses are thorough and our experienced and patient instructors will help you to develop skill and confidence as a skipper.
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    Find out more for power
  • Adventure Sailing Holidays

    These adventure sailing holidays around the British Isles and NW Europe combine the excitement of a sailing holiday with the delights of travel in a formula that is unsurpassed for quality and value.
    Adventure sailing trips
    Around Britain sailing trips
  • Fast Track Yachtmaster Courses

    The Elite Fast Track Professional Yachtmaster course is a complete, full-time training package designed to take you from sailing and seamanship basics right up to commercially endorsed RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore.
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  • Commercial Skipper Training

    Our RYA yachtmaster theory and practical courses provide the essential basis for commercial yacht skipper qualifications including MCA Master of Yachts 200 and 500 tons. Training packages are available from any level up to Yachtmaster Ocean.

Top quality RYA sail and motor cruising training at Chatham on the Medway in Kent - less than 1 hour from central London.

Professional and Leisure Qualifications at every level. Beginners’ courses for sail or power. Skipper training from RYA Day Skipper to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal, Offshore and Ocean. Adventure sailing holidays all around Britain and NW Europe deliver rich experience. Yacht charters, corporate sailing and racing.
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Your Competent Crew Course: What its about, what to expect and how to prepare

Written 30 Jun 2014
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This is the second in a series of articles on sail and motor cruising training – looking at what each course has to offer and helping to answer the questions: What’s it about? What will it be like? And how can I prepare? The RYA Competent Crew Practical is a complete beginners’...
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Your RYA Start Yachting Course: What to expect and how to prepare

Written 21 Jun 2014
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In this series of articles on sail and motor cruising training I’m going to look at each course that we offer and help to answer the questions: What will it be like? And how can I prepare for the course? The obvious place to begin is the RYA Start Yachting Course – a 2-day...
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Welcome to the Elite Sailing Blog

Written 22 May 2014
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Welcome to the start of a new blog from Elite Sailing. As the founder of the school and current Principal I guess I am going to be writing quite a lot of the material. I have been sailing for many years – commercially and as an instructor for over 18 of them – so hopefully I know...
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