RYA Shorebased Courses in Edinburgh,  RYA Practical Courses on the Clyde,  Experience building in Croatia and Sweden

Welcome to Leith Nautical Sailing Academy and thank you for visiting our site.

Leith Nautical is an Edinburgh based  RYA training centre, run by a team of passionate sailors. Over the past four years we have been  providing courses for sailors, power boaters , coastal rowers, sea kayakers, and divers. 

We offer a wide range of RYA shorebased courses,  including Essential Navigation and Seamanship, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore, Ocean Master, First AidVHF  Marine Radio (SRC), and Sea Survival

All of these being run in the centre of  Edinburgh. We offer more than  just the  RYA shorebased courses: 

  • We offer RYA Practical  courses on the Clyde with Britsail aboard their spectacular 40 foot Beneteau 411
  • We have  a number of special offers on our shore based navigation and  on line courses. 
  • We offer experience building trips to Croatia, Sweden and the West of Scotland in 2017

Please have a look at “Courses” to see our comprehensive  2016/2017 programme. 

For those who prefer to learn on line at home please take a look at our on line courses. We currently have some really fantastic offers on our Essential Navigation and VHF Marine Radio courses.

Give us a call and speak to your instructor

If you have any questions or queries about the courses: which one should you do, what’s in the course, how much homework is there, can you vary the dates, then please phone or text Rosy  on  07513846229 or email: leithnautical@gmail.com 

We have no switchboard, or office staff, you will have to go through: you will be speaking directly to one of our instructors who will discuss the course with you.

Theory courses

Our course run throughout the year with our navigational  theory courses beginning in October 2016,  when most yachts are out of the water, and the courses take place in Edinburgh at the very impressive Trinity Bowling Club.

On the water activities

In the Summer months we like to go sailing, and we’d be delighted to take you with us. Just get in touch and the rest will be plain sailing !! 

RYA practical courses 

We  offer practical courses,  sailing on the Clyde with Britsail aboard a fabulous Beneteau 411. These can be either at the weekend or during the week from  April until November. 

Sailing in Croatia, Sweden, and the West of Scotland

We are planning  trips to Croatia, Sweden and the West of Scotland in 2017 and would be delighted if you’d like to join us. Please give Rosy a call for more details.

June and September dates for Croatia :

Please take a look at out Croatia page for details of the 2017 dates

If you would like other dates please do contact us and we will see what we can do for you ! 

Experience and mile building

This is the way to build up your pre practical course experience; 100 nautical miles for the Day Skipper, 400 for the Coastal and 2500 for the Yachtmaster Offshore. We can fit in night hours and longer passages.

International Certificate of Competency

If you need an ICC ,for example if you’re planning to charter a boat abroad then it’s easily organised.  Our instructors run ICC  with the RYA Practical centre ,Britsail. The ICC  can be obtained either on one of Britsail’s boats,  or if you prefer on your own boat.  

Just having fun

Cruising the beautiful Clyde on a lovely big comfortable yacht for a week or a weekend: perfect: what could be better?


To suit you

We pride ourselves on being as  flexible as we can be. 

If there is one of these courses you would like to do, but at a venue more convenient for you and on dates which would better suit you then please give us a call, send a text, or drop us an email.

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