The Green Wyvern Yachting Club is affiliated with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA)The RYA Training Centre Logo and as such we also run training courses to provide RYA Keelboat qualifications.

We can provide various RYA Courses within the national sailing scheme syllabus.

The majority of our courses are run with in the framework of a club cruise week while sailing on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads (see RYA Cruises).  We do not have a specific course base but vary our start and finish points for our cruises. During a club week our trained skippers will run through the syllabus for the appropriate RYA course based on the student’s prior sailing ability. They will then guide the student toward the next level.  Because cruising is so central to GWYC activity, most RYA training will take place within the context of a club cruise. Student sailors will have their experience and training activities marked in their RYA logbooks as they achieve the required level of skill or understanding in each area. There is no requirement or guarantee that a week’s cruising shall result in the award of an RYA certificate at any level. Students advance at their own speed, and some cruises may not – by the nature of their route or the conditions at the time – be able to cover all the various requirements of a complete level under the National Sailing Scheme.

Course Materials:  RYA Logbook provided as part of your first club week cruise (if lost a £5 fee will be charged for a new one).  Also each boat has a copy of the RYA Start Sailng book, a Boat Manual, plus a folder of local information (The Broadcaster, maps, etc.) and a short booklet on Sailing with The Green Wyvern. We also provide feedback forms for you to assess how we are doing at the end of the cruise.

Pre-Course Materials:  Equipment list, medication (if required), travel and transport details to cruise start and finish points, crew lists.

We also hold a yearly weekend course for GWYC Skippers, First Mates and Mates where you can progress within the RYA Training curriculum as well as learn other skills e.g. crew welfare and safety. See Other Training for more details.

In the delivery of all RYA courses, at all levels, the ratio of students to instructors at all times shall be no more than 5:1 when the instructor is on board. If the instructor is not on board during an exercise (for example, instruction in race starts), one instructor may supervise up to nine students (i.e. three boats with three students aboard each boat).