About Us


Topmast is a RYA Training Centre located in the sailing capital of Canada – Kingston, Ontario. Because the RYA training scheme is comprehensive and up to date it is widely recognised as an industry leader when it comes to teaching safe practices for boaters. The Yachtmaster curriculum, pioneered by the RYA, is highly regarded and sought after by those seeking a career in the yachting industry, especially the Superyacht industry. RYA practical and navigational courses are the foundation of this scheme and a must-have for anyone serious about boating – either for cruising or as a career.

At Topmast, RYA courses are taught by certified RYA instructors. The practical and navigational courses are informative and challenging. Students are encouraged to ask questions and plumb the depths of the instructor’s knowledge.

Practical courses take place on a CS30 and are run out of the Collin’s Bay Marina in Kingston. Powerboat courses are also run out of the marina and take place on a Zodiac 550 Pro.

Shorebased courses are run from the Collin’s Bay Yacht Club. Both the Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore theory courses require the successful completion of a written examination.

Private and own boat tuition is available upon request.

Yachtmaster practical exams take place in the Kingston area with an independent RYA Examiner. The exam requirement is 8 hours per student with a maximum of 4 students per exam.

Start Yachting
"Experience steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and learn safety on board."
  • 2 Days
  • 5 student limit per course
  • Kingston, Ontario
  • Beginners Welcome
Day Skipper
"For aspiring skippers with yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills."
  • 5 Days & 4 Nights
  • 4 student limit per course
  • Thousand Islands
  • ICC Eligible
"Advanced training for the Yachtmaster exam. Become a professional skipper."
  • 7 Days
  • 3 student limit per course
  • Kingston, Ontario
  • RYA Exam Fees Seperate
"Learn the skills needed to drive a powerboat safely. Superyacht crew must-have."
  • 2 Days
  • 3 student limit per course
  • Kingston, Ontario
  • ICC Eligible