RYA Approved Training Provider
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the UK governing body for Sailing & Powerboating Training and we have always set the highest standards in safety and professionalism. As well as operating within the guidelines laid down by the national governing bodies, Falmouth School of sailing is a recognised RYA Coastal Training Centre. Safety procedures and risk assessments for all activities offered at our centre are continually monitored.
How RYA Centres benefit you
The Royal Yachting Association is the UK governing body for sailing & powerboating and is highly regarded around the world. Over the years the RYA has developed a detailed and varied training scheme for water sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. This ensures that teaching is to national standards and, whilst locations may vary greatly, the standard of training is consistent.
RYA Training Centres are inspected annually in order to maintain these standards and to ensure constant feedback with particular regard to your safety. The RYA also provides the framework for training courses from absolute beginner to instructors, trainers and national coaches. This means that when you attend a course at our centre which is an RYA Training Centre, you are assured of the highest standards of tuition, equipment and facilities.
MCA Approved Training Provider
Falmouth Training Solutions is an approved MCA training provider for a range of the STCW courses. The Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is the UK accrediting body for the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (or STCW). In this capacity the MCA sets the standards for training centres. The Convention prescribes minimum standards relating to training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers which countries are obliged to meet or exceed.
How MCA Centres benefit you
The Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) is the UK shipping industry’s central body for promoting and developing sector specific education, training and skills. The 1978 STCW Convention (since amended several times) was the first to establish basic requirements on training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers on an international level. Previously the standards of training, certification and watchkeeping of officers and ratings were established by individual governments, usually without reference to practices in other countries. As a result standards and procedures varied widely, even though shipping is one of the most international of all industries.
The MNTB, in conjunction with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), has developed the STCW ‘short course criteria’ specification documents. These are required for approval of training under the IMO’s Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as subsequently amended.
Falmouth Training Solutions is accredited by the MCA to deliver ‘short course’ training. As an MCA accredited training provider we are monitored on a regular basis so you are assured of the highest standards of tuition, equipment and facilities.