Confident Captain Recognized by Royal Yachting Association

(NEWPORT)—Confident Captain/Ocean Pros, Rhode Island’s premier professional mariner training facility, today announced that they have become an approved training center for the UK based Royal Yachting Association. The RYA’s training certification allows Confident Captain/Ocean Pros to instruct all RYA courses from Competent Crew to Day Skipper as well as the much sought after Coastal Skipper and for the truly elite Yachtsman, the prestigious Yachtmaster® certification. Captain Kent Dresser, President and Founder of Confident Captain/Ocean Pros said, “Confident Captain/Ocean Pros is proud to collaborate with the RYA especially considering their distinguished history of providing the highest quality, internationally recognized training to yachtsmen and women. The US has been in need of this sort of standard of training for years and we are delighted to provide such a valuable resource for our candidates.”

Confident Captain/Ocean Pros will now serve as one of only two facilities in the United States that is qualified to provide RYA Yachtmaster certification to eligible candidates.

“The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification is the most respected and commercially practical of all yachting qualifications,” said Captain Dresser, “its standard of quality and the level of skill that it represents is very harmonious with the level and quality of training we conduct here on a daily basis.”

Hundreds of mariners pass through the doors of Confident Captain/Ocean Pros classroom in downtown Newport each year, taking courses to obtain their USCG Captains License, STCW-95 Basic Safety Training and Able Seaman certification. Mariners are now able to extend their training from the basic RYA Start Yachting course through the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certification at Confident Captain/Ocean Pros.

Confident Captain/Ocean Pros is now accepting applications for all 2008 RYA courses.  Visit for specific course information.

By Professional Mariner Staff