RYA Theory Courses in Edinburgh

 Practical Courses on the Clyde

 Experience building sailing weekends from Oban


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 nine 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:

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 offer experience building trips to the West of Scotland
  • We provide  own boat tuition


For thosese 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 / SRC 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 there is, can you vary the dates, then please phone or text Paul  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 courses run throughout the year with our navigational  theory courses beginning inJanuary 2020  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 the West of Scotland from Oban

We are planning  regular trips to  West of Scotland in 2020 and would be delighted if you’d like to join us.


Experience and mile building

This is the way to build up your 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 a course 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:- leithnautical@gmail.com

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We also have a YouTube Channel which will help you with your theory knowledge.  It is free to subscribe to our channel, please check it out. 


Whatever you are looking for:

Day Skipper, RYA Day Skipper, RYA Day Skipper theory:

Coastal Skipper, RYA Coastal Skipper, RYA Coastal Skipper Theory:

VHF, RYA vhf course, SRC radio course, RYA online VHF course

First Aid, RYA First Aid, RYA First Aid Course, First Aid at Sea

RYA Practical course, RYA Day Skipper Practical, Britsail

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Britsail

ICC, International Certificate of Competence, Britsail

Yachtmaster Offshore, Yachtmaster prep, Preparation for Yachtmaster Offshore

Own boat tuition, Skippered charter; one to one sailing tuition, one to one RYA theory courses, Tailored RYA theory revision

VHF assessment, VHF exam, VHF training, SRC Exam

Croatia, Sail Croatia, Sailing in Croatia, Sailing holiday in Croatia, Sailing in the Sun; 






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