The club is a recognised RYA training centre and has RYA approved instructors who can offer competent crew, day skipper and coastal skipper courses at our summer base at Largs in Scotland. As a temporary arrangement (until December 2022) the club is offering the two day Start Yachting course at our winter base at Liverpool Marina.

See here for a YouTube video of a recent course:

From 2021 we can now offer RYA First Aid, Radar and Diesel Engine courses, keep a look out for dates on the 5KSC Sailing Program. Training courses and opportunities are also listed in the News section see links on the right. 

If you want a course that is not listed we may be able to arrange one it will depend on enough people wanting to join, so please email your requirements to

Below is our “Training Fish”. This shows the training path from the tail to the head. We can train you in several of the steps you can take to Yachtmaster. 

Training Forms and information : 

Sail Training with CSSA

All CSSA clubs offer coaching to members and some also offer Royal Yachting Association training courses in dinghies or yachts. The RYA is a national organisation that sets standards for the delivery of training through Recognised Training Centres (RTCs) in the UK and overseas. RYA qualifications are recognised around the world and can lead to diverse sailing opportunities from skippering CSSA yachts, ocean racing, crewing luxury yachts, to earning a living as a dinghy or Yachtmaster Instructor.

More details on CSSA wide Training can be viewed here.

Online Theory Training

5KSC is now in partnership with Kipper Sailing (also called Skippers online) who provide online theory courses. These include RYA Day, Coastal, Yachtmaster and Ocean skipper qualification.

Prices can be seen at and on our application form for members below.  

5KSC members will generate a discount of £75 or more paid to the club which can then be spent by you on a practical course run by 5KSC. This discount  will revert to 5KSC general funds if the course is not completed within 3 years of finishing the theory course. The courses come highly recommended by club members and are accessible online for 6 months after booking. You can apply for courses via 5KSC Kipper Training Form : – 

The RYA have introduced new rules with regard invigilation of online exams. For exam guidance from Kipper Sailing on invigilation please click here 

Kipper sailing website

RYA courses info

Note that if you  intend using their shorebased course completion certificate to enter MCA large yacht qualifications such as Officer of the Watch or Master 3000 their exam must be invigilated. See for further details

See our sailing programme for details.