During your voyage you can work towards a national qualification if you wish
OYT Scotland works in partnership with several national award bodies handing out hundreds of certificates afloat each year. Being awarded a nationally recognised certificate is an excellent way to add value your adventure and enhance the sense of achievement.
Royal Yachting Association training and ceritficates
OYT Scotland is an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Training Centre. We aim to give everybody who sails with us their RYA Start Yachting Certificate which is the first rung on the ladder to becoming a skipper of a sailing boat if you want to do more sailing.
It may be possible to complete the RYA Competent Crew certificate during your voyage (this is one level above the start yachting certificate). Competent crew requires a little more work than Start Yachting and is not always possible to complete in a seven day voyage. If you would like to work toward this certificate please let us know at the time of booking.
John Muir Award
We also run the John Muir Award onboard our vessels which promotes awareness of the environment and how to protect it. You can find full details about the award on their website: http://www.jmt.org/john-muir-award.asp The John Muir Award needs several weeks' preparation and you submit paperwork to the JMA prior to undertaking the activities. If you would like to participate in the JMA please let us know.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
OYT Scotland is also an Access organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, you can find out more in our Duke of Edinburgh's Award section.
If you are working towards an ASDAN or Youth Achievement Award there are sections and challenges that you can set to complete onboard. One of our staff members (most likely your watch leader) can help you plan, complete, review and gather evidence for your Award.
OYT Scotland Voyage Completion Certificate
Possibly the most highly valued of all possible certificates – the OYT Scotland Voyage Completion Certificate is awarded to crew members who have fully participated in the voyage and their adventure under sail - in recognition of your hard work. It is has real value, and will enhance your cv, allow you to stand out from the crowd and give you something genuinely interesting to talk about at any interview.