Kickstart Your Career with Ocean Sports Tuition

Our wide selection of theoretical and practical RYA courses open doors for those wanting to turn a love of sailing into a career. Whether you aspire to work as crew on a superyacht, become an instructor at a training centre like Ocean Sports Tuition, or skipper a commercial vessel, our courses can lead you to your dream boating career.

  • Crewing on a commercial yacht/superyacht
  • Skippering a commercial yacht/superyacht
  • Delivery skipper and crew
  • Training instructor
  • ... and much more!

The Royal Yachting Association represents the gold standard of yachting, with the world’s most recognised training for leisure and commercial boaters. Each course serves as a badge of excellence and competence for those who are looking to secure a career in yachting or motorboating.

At Ocean Sports Tuition we are proud to offer a comprehensive variety of RYA courses, from Day Skipper to our Yachtmaster Academy, to help your crewing application stand out from the crowd.


Due to the popularity of these roles, skippers are much more likely to hire crew who have completed training to at least STCW 95 Basic Training level. On completion of this course, you can apply for your International Certificate of Competence (ICC) up to 24 metres, which will be needed if you are crewing in European waters.

For complete beginners looking to dive into a career in crewing, our Start Yachting course is a great introduction to sailing and a perfect stepping stone to the RYA Competent Crew course. This 5-day course requires no experience and is for those who want to learn to be an active and confident part of the crew. This course is also a great way to determine whether crewing is the right career choice for you before setting off for months on a superyacht.

Whether you are looking to skipper yachts up to 24m, superyachts, or anything in between, our Yachtmaster Academy is the place to learn the ropes. Depending on the size of the craft and your destination, you will either require the Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence (skipper yachts up to 24m, operating up to 20 miles from a safe haven), or the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence (skipper yachts up to 200gt, 150 miles from a safe haven).

Skippers will also be required to hold the commercial endorsement, and must undertake STCW basic training including sea survival and fire prevention. STCW 95 Basic Training is included in Week 4 of the Yachtmaster Academy course.

Overall, when hiring skippers, superyacht owners or their managers will base their decision on experience, competence, and your attitude. Our Yachtmaster Academy course makes it easy for experienced boaters to pick and choose the right qualifications to suit your goals, getting you fully qualified and ready to set sail in just 4 weeks!

If you are looking for a career as a delivery skipper, intend to work freelance, or would like to work for a delivery company transferring yachts to various destinations worldwide, you will need strong experience on the water and within the industry. The nature of the passage and the destination of yacht delivery will affect the qualifications required, but generally it is recommended that the skipper holds the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.

Another fantastic way to utilise your experience on the water is to become an RYA training instructor! If you love teaching and want to share your passion for boating by joining a commercial training centre like Ocean Sports Tuition, holiday company or sailing club, becoming an instructor could be your perfect career!

Depending on your role, you will be required to have completed teaching courses such as the RYA Powerboat Instructor or Advanced Powerboat Instructor course, alongside a first aid course. At Ocean Sports Tuition, we are proud to host a team of qualified RYA Instructors who have successfully taught hundreds of students across the south coast. Our instructors are always happy to answer your questions and give further guidance regarding a training career, so feel free to ask away on your next course!

Why Train with Ocean Sports Tuition?

Located in the heart of Southampton, Ocean Sports Tuition has delivered high quality RYA tuition on the south coast and the Solent since 2004. Using the latest equipment and providing the best boats to accommodate our training, our friendly and approachable team are here to ensure that you achieve your boating goals. Our passion is to give both beginner and seasoned boaters alike the knowledge, understanding and confidence to charter a boat to fuel their career, and we are lucky enough to have built relationships with our students which has seen them return time and again for further training.

To book your next course and jump-start your career in boating, contact us today.

Ocean Sports Tuition also offers a range of online and face-to-face theory courses, as well as a variety of practical Solent boat training courses at our RYA approved training centre in Southampton. Call us on 02381 242159 or email to register your interest.


  • Please check your eligibility to be issued with an ICC.
  • Group discounts: applies when one booking one payment is taken.
  • Group discounts do not apply during extra peak season – i.e., Bank Holiday weekends.