Once you've learnt the basics, you can actively explore your local stretch of water then join a sailing club full of like-minded people to go off cruising or racing. No matter what your age or experience, there is a course for you. It won't cost you a fortune, and there's an RYA Training Centre near you where you can get started.
Then it's probably time to join a local club where you can enjoy the social side of the sport by making friends and improving your skills on the water with other enthusiastic sailors. There are hundreds of RYA affiliated sailing and windsurfing clubs around the country, and whether you live in a city, on the coast or in the countryside, there will be one that's local to you.
Teaching sailing or windsurfing can be a rewarding and challenging career or hobby. The RYA instructor training schemes are progressive- you can develop your skills and qualifications at your own pace by taking endorsement courses, working towards senior Instructor level and, in the case of sailing, ultimately becoming a Coach/Assessor.
A great way of getting involved with sailing and windsurfing is to volunteer at your local club. Volunteering can:
The RYA is the UK's National Governing Body for all forms of recreational and competitive boating. They represent sailing, motor-cruising, sports-boats, windsurfing, inland boating, powerboat racing and personal watercraft, coordinating competition and development of these sports.
There are 26 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.
NW Regional Development Officer, Royal Yachting Association
M: 07747 534527
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