RYA Sailing

RYA Sailing

Our Courses

Urban Truant's yachting courses cater for anyone - from the complete beginner to those wishing to pursue a career in the marine industry.

RYA Start Yachting is a short introduction to sailing ideal for complete beginners. If you’ve always wondered what sailing was like and wanted to give it a go, then this is the course for you. Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can also go on to complete the Competent Crew course in a reduced time of three days or two weekends.
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RYA Competent Crew is a popular course aimed at beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. You will experience living on board a cruising yacht and really get to know the boat. Through continuous guidance from your friendly and knowledgeable instructor, you’ll find that the course is entirely hands on enabling you to enjoy getting fully immersed.
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RYA Day Skipper is a hands-on course that is highly recommended for anyone who regularly sails on board a yacht. It’s designed to improve skills and build knowledge of all aspects of life at sea whilst skippering a sailing yacht during short passages.
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RYA Coastal Skipper is the ideal qualification to follow RYA Day Skipper. It may also form a bridge to a MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ examination. It’s designed to give an experienced skipper the confidence to undertake longer and more complex passages which may involve sailing at night or involve watch-keeping systems.
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MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal (Preparation and Exam) RYA Training Centre

MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal (Preparation and Exam)

The MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal qualification is a major achievement for which you will need to demonstrate a wide breadth of existing knowledge. The preparation part of the course provides enables you to get ready for your exam by covering refresher training in a number of key areas. The course culminates in an exam with an external RYA examiner.
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MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore (Preparation and Exam) RYA Training Centre

MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore (Preparation and Exam)

The MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ qualification is recognised and respected worldwide with candidates demonstrating a wide breadth of existing knowledge. The preparation part of the course provides enables you to get ready for your exam by covering refresher training in a number of key areas. The course culminates in an exam with an external RYA examiner.
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Own Boat Tuition RYA Training Centre

Own Boat Tuition

Own boat tuition is ideal for anyone who would like to learn more about their new boat, or consolidate knowledge of a boat they’ve owned for a while. No two sessions are the same. At Urban Truant we are responsive to your objectives and the itinerary will be shaped (and re-shaped) entirely to what you want to achieve.
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Reasons to Choose Us

We are passionate about what we do and customer service is key in everything we do. Here are just some of the reasons why you should choose us.

If you’re still not convinced give us a call and speak to one of our instructors on 01489 250 040

3:1 Instructor Ratio

With your progression as our priority, we have chosen to impose a maximum of 3 students for every course held on board one of our boats. This best practice approach to our service gives you with more time with the instructor and more time practicing your skills. It also enables you and your instructor to focus on any weaknesses ... and you'll have a cabin to yourself!

Dedicated RYA Instructor Support

We pride ourselves on using the very best instructors available. They're a friendly and experienced team who understand the importance of taking the time to ensure you fully understand what you're learning. Our shorebased tutors include Yachtmaster Instructors, and Urban Truant's Power Chief Instructor is also a trainer and assessor for the RNLI.

Modern Training Facilities

Our training facilities in Swanwick Marina opened in 2015, providing the perfect environment to study and learn. The room is well-equipped with full audio/visual, a large whiteboard, and plenty of space to spread our your charts. We'll also look after you during your time with us, as refreshments are included with every course, and decent coffee on tap!

Online Courses

Our exclusive 'SailingCourseOnline' portal offers an advanced way to learn at your own pace wherever you are, and works seamlessly across desktops, laptops and mobile devices. The content was specifically written to be read on a screen, with bite-sized modules, clean graphics and animations. Our team of shorebased instructors are on hand whenver you need them, and as they're additionally RYA Yachtmaster Instructors, they provide fast and knowledgeable assistance whatever your query.

Ribeye 785 RIB

All our Powerboat training courses are delivered on our exceptionally maintained Ribeye 785 RIB (7.8m rigid inflatable boat) which operates well at speed and close quarters maneouvres.

The RIB boasts a throbbing 250hp Yamaha and in 2014 we upgraded to new Raymarine touch-screen chart plotter, enabling you to enjoy putting into practice the electronic navigation part of the powerboating syllabuses.

Top Quality Yachts

Urban Truant's 40 foot yachts are equipped and furnished with training in mind. Our yachts are well-maintained and no expense is spared for all of our gear and safety equipment. We also take your comfort seriously... You'll have space to savour downtime with your own cabin and 240v sockets when connected to shorepower. Marina fees are always included with an Urban Truant experience, and enjoy complimentary use of our Baltic lifejackets and Gill wet weather gear.

About Us

Urban Truant is one of the UK’s leading RYA sail and power training schools. We’re based at Swanwick Marina on the River Hamble, and with the entire Solent within easy reach, your RYA training course begins the minute you step on board one of our well-equipped modern boats or in our comfortable training room equipped with the latest IT and learning aids. This includes invigilated exams for the online Short-Range Certificate.

We also offer online navigation courses delivered on our exclusive learning platform. Learn at your own pace … at home, on your commute … and our team of experienced instructors is ready to answer your questions, so help is never far away.

From learning to sail a yacht to driving a motor cruiser ... from achieving your Day Skipper to gaining your radio qualification, and with a 7 day money back guarantee and 15% discounts on multiple courses, how do you want to be an Urban Truant? 


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