RYA Courses

RYA courses are delivered through Sail Badachro the local RYA recognised and approved sailing school. They offer courses on the unrivalled West Coast of Scotland between May and September.

Course available are:


Cruising level 1 – Start Sailing

Cruising level 2 – Basic Skills

Start Yachting

Competent Crew

Day Skipper

Coastal Skipper

Coastal and Yachtmaster offshore exam preparation

 ICC test centre

Courses begin on a Sunday and run through to Friday afternoon. Each courses will generally have a mix of Start yachting, Competent Crew and Day skippers or Start yachting Competent Crew and Coastal Skippers.

Please visit their website here  for further information and course dates for 2020. Should you wish to discuss  a course please call Tom Watson on 01445 741 295 or 07983616405.


Sail Badachro’s  School Principal and Chief Instructor is Tom Watson. Tom has been sailing from an early age and has campaigned dinghies at national level, raced keel and sportsboats and skippered and crewed on Tallships as well as cruising extensively around the waters of the UK and abroad. He has significant experience of working with people from all backgrounds in a range of training settings and delivering successful RYA courses.

In addition they have a pool of experienced Yachtmaster Instructors,  carefully selected for their knowledge and abilities, they have years of experience running course up here on the beautiful West Coast.  Their aim is to ensure you have a fantastic experience in a safe, supportive and relaxed training environment where staff will strive to to ensure your objectives are fully met.

For those of you in the North East of Scotland wishing to gain RYA theory qualifications, we work with Coast and Cairn. Details are available on their website.