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RYA Training Centre

We are an RYA shorebased training centre and CWO offshore sailing school.

RYA Shorebased courses, Private lessons & In-company training

We train and examine in English language on all levels including RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship, RYA Day Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. We offer the shorebased courses for individuals, groups of sailing friends, families, nautical related companies and sailing clubs. During the shorebased courses we make use of a RYA "student pack" and RYA Training almanac and after you completed the shorebased course succesfully you will receive a RYA certificate of satisfactory completion from us.

Coastal navigation

Through this course you will learn how to navigate along familiar European coastal waters by day as a skipper.

Dates: See RYA Day Skipper on our Dutch site or Ask for a quote in English
Duration: 40 hours + exam
Start time: 10 am
Location: Zeist
Maximum number of students: 3

The coastal navigation shorebased course focusses on:

  • seamanship
  • coastal navigation and pilotage
  • chartwork
  • electronic charts
  • position fixing
  • plotting a course to steer
  • weather forecasting
  • meteorology
  • tides
  • collision regulations

The course, course material and exam are in the English language.
Students need to buy a Portland course plotter and dividers. The Student Pack can be ordered through us.

Offshore navigation

Through this course you will learn how to navigate during coastal passages during day and night as a skipper.

Dates: See RYA Yachtmaster on our Dutch site or Ask for a quote in English
Duration: 40 hours + exam
Start time: 10 am
Location: Zeist
Maximum number of students: 3

The coastal navigation shorebased course focusses on:

  • position fixing
  • course shaping and plotting
  • tidal knowledge
  • use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • electronic position finding equipment
  • taking and interpreting forecasts
  • plotting weather systems
  • weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • collision regulations
  • customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

The course, course material and exam are in the English language.
Students need to buy a Portland course plotter and dividers. The Student Pack can be ordered through us.

CWO Onboard training

You can take a professional and CWO certified sailing instructor on board of your own yacht or the one that you have chartered. This way you can safely discover new destinations with your friends and family, enjoy your sailing holiday in a more relaxed way and at the same time, improve your knowledge and skills as much as you like and receive a CWO certificate. We often practice: man-overboard, harbour maneuvering, spinaker sailing, night sailing, navigation, radar, etc. We offer on board training in Northwest Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.

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About Elmar Teeuwen

Elmar is a CWO sailing instructor and RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore, Commercial Endorsement with STCW95 and certified coastal navigation teacher.
He has more than a decade of experience with teaching sailors on the North Sea, Atlantic, Med and Caribbean from beginners to instructor level, as well as regatta teams.
In addition to his native language Dutch, Elmar speaks English, German and Italian.
His knowledge and teaching skills could be off great value to anyone who wants to realise his sailing dreams.