The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) runs a sailing qualification scheme that is recognised in most places around the world. While our training is focuses on real world skills and experience, we do offer some of their qualifications. We also have a partnership with one of the UK's top sailing school for any others you want.
It can be pretty confusing trying to understand how all the RYA sailing and theory qualifications fit together. The RYA produce the two diagramatics below to help show how it all fits together. The Start Yachting and Competent Crew qualifications can be earned on any of our voyages. Many of our ocean sailing adventures count as a Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passage (read more about them here), and the watch leaders on these can also earn their Watch Leader qualification. The Certificates of Competence (the grey box) are external examinations and you will need to contact the RYA or another RYA sailing school directly to arrange these.
Choosing the right sailing school is critical. The quality of boats, instructors and logistical support varies widely and you need your week or two weeks on the water to give you the very best outcome possible. Our preferred partner is Hamble School of Yachting based on the Solent near Southampton. We believe they offer the best RYA sailing courses possible. Tell them you've come via Rubicon 3 when you enquire about courses.
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The smoking of any form of tobacco is forbidden on board or on the dock next to the boat. We also very strongly discourage the smoking of any tobacco at any time between the start and end date as the smell comes on-board into confined living space. The use of e-cigarettes is fine.
The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for WZ Lmited t/a Rubicon 3, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following: 1. non-flight packages and 2. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the EU, which are sold to customers outside of the EU. ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if you are abroad. Please note that bookings made outside the EU are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Rubicon 3. In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company. You can access The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here.
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