A new RYA training centre has opened its doors at Karpaz Gate Marina – the first training centre recognised by the famous Royal Yachting Association to operate in the region of North Cyprus.
The RYA training centre now offers a range of RYA training programmes and courses for adults, including: RYA Start Yachting, RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper, RYA Coastal Skipper, RYA Coastal/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shore Based and RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shore Based, as well as specific courses for Radar and more.
Future plans will expand the programme to include some powerboat courses, while combined packages offering both education and pleasure will be delivered at the upcoming Karpaz Gate Marina boutique hotel, scheduled to open later this year.
Ocean Yachting is led by chief instructor Dr.Erez Ben-Eshay, PHD, an RYA Yachtmaster instructor with years of experience in delivering both practical and theory training courses. The new partnership with Karpaz Gate Marina creates an exciting opportunity for local sailors in North Cyprus, as well as marina clients, berth holders and visitors, who want to achieve their theory and practical sailing qualifications with expert tutorage.
The new facility at the stunning Karpaz peninsular marina will give both beginner and expert sailors a chance to complete the RYA courses in North Cyprus waters on-board the training yacht, a 14-metre (46-foot) blue water sailing vessel named ‘No Contest’, or their own vessel.
Dr.Erez Ben Eshay, said, “I am delighted to be leading the new RYA training centre at such a beautiful location as Karpaz Gate Marina. The RYA is the oldest and most distinguished sailing organisation in the world, so we are looking forward to supporting the RYA’s vision to promote practical sailing in North Cyprus with Karpaz Gate Marina. Our aim is to make the certification process fun and professional for students, delivering courses in an effective way so that all the information can be learned in the correct way and then implemented at sea. The new training facility is in line with Karpaz Gate Marina’s mission to make a difference in everything they do and I am confident it will be another great asset for the marina’s visitors and clients.”
Richard Falk, director of training and qualifications at RYA, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Ocean Yachting to the RYA training network. Recognition as an RYA training centre is the ultimate benchmark, a sign of quality tuition and the very highest standards of safety and equipment. Our courses are recognised widely around the world by both recreational and professional boaters, and we look forward to working with the centre to provide more and more people with the skills and knowledge to be safe and confident on the water.”
The opening of the RYA training centre is the latest development at the increasingly popular North Cyprus destination. The on-site sailing expertise adds to the existing leisure facilities on offer. A boutique hotel, hammam and spa will open later this year.