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Royal Yachting Associaton (RYA) Training Centre offering Sail & Powerboat courses in Kingston, Ontario.



The RYA is world renowned for modern training methods, designed for all levels and abilities with courses on the boat and in the classroom.



RYA certification can help anyone begin a career in yachting.  Whether becoming a deck-hand or captain begin the journey with us.



RYA Instructors are professionals, trained and certified to the highest standards.

Let's Get Underway!

Welcome to the Topmast website!  Scroll through our pages and you will find tons of information on everything we have to offer.  You can get specific course information and pricing on our schedule page, but if you want a private session or need help with a boat purchase then check out the own boat page.  Our resource page is full of useful boating related contact information and links.  You can also find more in depth and occasionaly ‘salty’ subject matter on our blog page.  Enjoy!

No experience, where do I begin?

Beginners should start with Competent Crew and have a fun week of sailing.

I can crew & I'm ready to be a skipper now!

If you have more than a 100 miles of experience you can take the Day Skipper course.

Advanced enough to become a Yachtmaster?

You need more than 2500 miles of experience, to challenge the Yachtmaster exam.

Need an ICC to charter a boat overseas?

The ICC is a must-have if you want to charter a boat in Europe.

Topmast is an RYA Training Centre.  The RYA training scheme is widely recognised as an industry leader when it comes to teaching safe skills to boaters. Based in the UK it focuses on comprehensive and current best practice, delivered by instructors who are trained to a higher standard than any other boating organisation in the world.  The Yachtmaster curriculum, pioneered by the RYA, is sought after by serious boaters and those seeking a career in the yachting industry, especially the Superyacht industry. RYA practical and theory courses are the foundation of this scheme and a must-have for anyone serious about boating – either for cruising, charter or as a career.

Topmast: Always a Great Experience!

The 1000 Islands


A Wolfe Island Sunset

The Kingston Yacht Club

Making New Friends

Our goal at Topmast Maritime Training is to help you boat better, boat smarter, or pursue a boat career and we do that with better instructors who bring a wealth of experience to meet your needs.  Learn to sail Canada and enjoy your time outdoors!  Check our schedule for available dates.

Next Upcoming Event
23 September 2023
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RYA Training Centre