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Belfast Lough Sailability RYA Recognised Training Centre

Sailing is one of the few sports where people with disabilities can compete on equal terms with those who do not have a disability. Our boats have been designed or adapted for this purpose. But good training is essential to make this sport or recreation is safe and enjoyable.

A Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Training Centre (RTC) provides certificated training according to a syllabus developed by the RYA. Qualifications gained through RYA RTC’s are respected worldwide.

BLS RYA RTC provides quality assured training for sailors, powerboat drivers, First Aid and maritime radio communications. Details of RYA courses, requirements and course length can be found on the RYA website.

Our RTC has 13 Instructors. BLS is prepared to help meet the cost of RYA training for people with disabilities; also to volunteers who demonstrate commitment and aptitude and who are prepared to be a sailing “buddy”, doing crew tasks that people with disabilities could not do themselves.

RYA sailing and powerboat courses will usually take place in spring, summer and autumn when the weather is kinder. But we also offer winter classroom sessions such as First Aid, use of VHF marine radio and practical seamanship skills.

If you have a disability but thought that controlling a boat on the water was not possible, speak to us and let us make it happen. And if you have a competitive streak, we can even get you racing!

(Pic: Jim Hetherington)