The Royal Yachting Association (RYA), is the national body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and narrowboats, and personal watercraft in the United Kingdom.
The RYA provides internationally recognised training for sailing, windsurfing and powerboating at both recreational and professional levels.
The RYA provides practical and theoretical training courses, from novice to expert level, in all boating disciplines. It also administers a number of statutory marine qualifications. There are 2,250 RYA training centres in the UK and abroad, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand and the USA. These deliver over 170,000 training courses annually.
RYA – entrusted by the UN to deliver the International Certificate of Competence (ICC):
- Over 2,200 RYA recognized Training Centres in more than 44 countries
- 22,000 RYA instructors across the world
- 155,000 people completing RYA courses every year
- 130 years in existence