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Varuna is a certified Royal Yachting Association Training Centre.

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the governing body in the United Kingdom for all sailing, powerboating, windsurfing and other activities involving personal watercraft.

The RYA exists to get more people into boating and watersport activities, to promote safe boating practices, and to raise the standards of yachting and sailing through its network of more than 2,400 RYA-recognized training centres in more than 58 countries, and more than 1,500 RYA-affiliated clubs.

At Varuna, one of our RYA-accredited instructors teaches each of our sailing and powerboat courses to a specific structured syllabus. Upon successful completion of a course, each student receives an RYA certificate that is recognized around the world.

And to ensure that we maintain our high standards, RYA inspectors audit our tuition quality and safety management systems each year.

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Youth Sailing Course (8 – 16 years old)

Let your children discover the sport of sailing! Our courses are fun and action packed, learning a truly unique activity that requires participants to demonstrate technical skills and provides them with a physical challenge. You’ll be surprised how quickly your child will learn when under guidance from one of our qualified and highly experienced RYA Instructors learning in a structured RYA course. Sailing is fun, safe, breeds self-confidence and a positive outdoor pursuit.

Adult Sailing Course (16 years old +)

Learn to sail or improve your sailing skills with our qualified and experienced instructors on RYA sailing courses at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. The warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand is an ideal learning environment, whether you are taking your first steps afloat or want to develop your existing skills, we have a range of structured courses and a comprehensive selection of modern sailing dinghies to gain the best experience at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club.

Recommended pathways

For sailing students up to 16 years old

-  Beginning sailors. Learn the basics. RYA Stages 1 and 2.

-  Intermediate sailors. Ready to race? Join Varuna's Opti or ILCA Racing team! RYA Stage 3 and RYA Start Racing. (Free on  weekends for members!)

-  Advanced sailors. Learn the skills for double-handed sailing in the International 420. RYA stage 4 and Sailing with Spinnakers

For sailing students 16 years old and up

-  Beginning sailors. Learn the basics. RYA Levels 1 and 2 in single-handed monohulls.

-  Intermediate sailors. Join club races and fun regattas. RYA Level 3 and RYA Start Racing.(Free on weekends for members sailing single-handed!)

-  From Zero to Hero! No experience necessary. Learn to safely cruise the Pattaya and Jomtien area and the islands offshore in double-handed monohulls

Weekend instruction and practice

Complete at least RYA Youth Stage 2 or Adult Level 2 in monohulls and come learn or practice for free on the weekend with our instructors!

Instruction is available for RYA Youth Stage 3, RYA Adult Level 3 and RYA Start Racing

Or just Go Sailing for fun under the supervision of one of our RYA qualified instructors

RVYC members only. All ages welcome!

For more information or to check availability contact or call (66)0 3825 0116

Powerboat course

Whether you are new to powerboating or have some experience and are looking for certification, the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course could well be for you. RYA Powerboat Level 2 is an intensive two day course that offers a general introduction to powerboating and teaches core boat handling techniques and background knowledge, enough to be able to use a powerboat safely. The qualification is recognised worldwide as the licence to drive a powerboat, which can be ICC endorsed. 

Instructor training
RYA DINGHY/ POWERBOAT/ SENIOR INSTRUCTOR COURSES are available on request. If interested please contact us at or call (66)0 3825 0116

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