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The Boating Industry Education & Training in the U.S. and UK


There is no set career pattern in this loosely diverse industry. Education and training is very important initially and there are various programs available throughout the United States. Whether it is a technical associate degree program, or a boatbuilding apprentice course, you may find many schools and institutions offering programs which suit your area or level of interest/expertise. In sailing and boating, there are mainly three organizations providing guidance and certifications for sail training and boating, American Sailing Association, US Sailing and the US Coast Guard (USCG Aux).

The schools provide education and training programs for both leisure and serious boating/sailing enthusiasts. You may find more through the menu system above under the appropriate categories listed.

Sailing, Boating & Other Leisure Activities

Other Programs & Apprentice Opportunities

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  • Boatbuilding, Maintenance & Marine Technology Programs (Schools offer regular vocations programs as well as apprenticeship model)
  • Electrical and Electronics Technician Programs (Vocational and independent professional program providers)
  • Yacht Design (Programs available both onsite and distance/online learning mode)
  • Marina Programs (Institutions like International Marina Institute in Rhode island provide training and certification)
  • And more..
  • Please check US States category for list of schools offering the above - here or our top menu navigation.

The Boating Industry Education & Training in the UK

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UK is one the major powerhouse when it comes to sailing, boating and other leisure maritime activities. Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has developed very thorough and practical guidance and training procedures which are popular not only in UK or Europe, but also in Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and the other parts of the world. RYA with the backing of UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has developed one of the most outstanding systems, courses and procedures for sail cruising, sport boats, powerboats, yachts, Dinghies, RIB’s and more. RYA certifications are the most sought after and recognized worldwide by most of the maritime national agencies.

There are several routes to training and education in the boating industry available in UK.

  • RYA approved courses
  • College level BTEC Courses
  • City & Guilds Courses
  • Apprenticeships (on-the-job experience and qualifications)

Typical Training Programs