Challenge Wales is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre and we can help you with a range of sailing courses including Start Yachting, Competent Crew and Watch Leader.

Our voyages are perfect for those who want to gain more experience of sailing, increase their sea time or for those looking for a sailing qualification. If you are a young person’s group or school and undertaking sailing activity with us then you may find that your group can achieve a sailing qualification, on Challenge Wales, as well as learning life skills – at little or no extra cost.

How to book: To book a place on a course or to discuss the course further please contact the office or call 029 20 704 657, and advise us of which course you wish to do so we can check availability.

Sometimes if a voyage is of 5 days or more duration we can accommodate a small number (no more than 5) to undertake their Start Yachting or Competent Crew qualifications. If you are booking onto one of our standard voyages and wishing to undertake a qualification you MUST let us know prior to booking.  However, it is unlikely that we can offer a sailing course during any Tall Ships or Small Ships voyages.

If you are after seamiles, night sailing experience, or looking to build experience without wanting to take a course then our delivery voyages are ideal for booking yourself onto.

For all courses, minimum numbers will be required.

RYA Start Yachting Qualification

This course provides a short beginners guide to sailing for those with no sailing experience. By the end of the course you will have gained experience and confidence in sailing a boat, hoisting the sails, ropework and be aware of boat safety.

Successful holders of a Start Yachting qualification can go on to complete their Competent Crew course in a reduced time of 3 or 4 days.

This course is ideal for those joining us on one of our longer voyages, or for a minimum of 2 days.

Cost – £199 (includes RYA Log book and certificate and a 2 day course) OR if joining on a longer voyage a supplement of £35 to gain the qualification.

Eligible voyages: There are no dedicated Start Yachting courses available but you can opt to take this course on any of our voyages of 2 days or more as shown in our sailing schedule.

RYA Competent Crew Qualification

This course is for beginners who want to be more active on the boat and hands on crew members. By the end of the course who will be able to steer, hoist sails, keep a look out, row a dinghy, know parts of the boat and take part in general duties to run the boat.

The course is ideal for those joining on one of our longer voyages of 5 days or more.

Cost – £495 (includes RYA Log Book and certificate and a 5 day course) OR if joining on a longer voyage a supplement of £35 to gain the qualification.

Eligible voyages: There are no dedicated Competent Crew courses available but you can opt to take this course on any of our voyages of 5 days or more as shown in our sailing schedule.

Other RYA courses

Details of other courses being offered will be advertised here when they become available. This includes:
* RYA Watch Leader (onboard Challenge Wales)
* RYA Day Skipper Theory Course
* RYA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Course
* RYA GMDSS Radio Course
* RYA First Aid Course
* Sea Survival Course