Applications open for Trinity House RYA Yachtmaster Scholarship

The RYA has opened applications for the Trinity House RYA Yachtmaster Scholarship, an opportunity for those working, or aspiring to work, in the small commercial vessel sector.

Skilled boaters who can prove their dedication to the marine industry could be eligible for a share of the annual scholarship fund provided by maritime charity, Trinity House. 

Since its launch in 2018, the scholarship has seen grants awarded to 24 individuals, aiding career progression through opportunities for further training.

To apply, candidates must be able to demonstrate a high level of commitment and achievement in the industry, as well as a clear intention to work within the small commercial vessel sector. Those keen to enter the industry will be able to show a history of excellence in studies, or in leisure boating activity.

Applications should be supported by an endorsement from the principal of one of the RYA’s network of RYA recognised training centres. Principals can also nominate suitable candidates.

“The grant has opened up a whole new sector of work that a couple of years ago I would never have dreamed of going for,” says RYA Instructor, Sarah Bagley.

Since being awarded the grant in November 2018, Bagley has completed the RYA Sea Survival course, RYA Marine Radio (SRC) course and exam, as well as completing the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory course and passing the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence exam.

“I applied because I wanted to upskill to bigger boats,” she says. “Trying to get qualifications so that in the winter I could get a little bit more work rather than just teaching windsurfing. I don’t think I would have had the capital behind me to go ahead and do those courses, so it’s really helped me and pushed me to do them.”

Since gaining her qualifications, Bagley has opened her own watersports centre in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

“The Trinity House Yachtmaster Scholarship has proved hugely popular with many watersports instructors as they look to add further skills to their existing portfolio, or as they start to explore the wider maritime sector,” says Richard Falk, RYA director of training and qualifications.

“We are delighted to be working with Trinity House for a fourth year to invest in future talent and give back to the industry.”

Applications close on Friday 10 September 2021.

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