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Sailing Courses

Have you ever pictured yourself helming a yacht and escaping into the horizon? Dreamt about sailing from one island paradise to another? Fantasised about discovering hidden bays and beaches unreachable from land? It’s time to stop dreaming and get going – there’s a lot of world to explore and we can help you do it!

You can develop and hone your skills at one of our worldwide bases, whether you’d prefer to stay closer to home at our Port Solent base, or combine work and play with a trip to one of our stunning bases in Greece, Croatia, Thailand, Australia and the BVI. All our staff are RYA qualified and offer a professional yet fun approach to learning to sail.

With us, you can get your International Certificate of Competence (ICC), RYA Competent CrewDay Skipper and Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore, with many water and shore based options in between.

For more information on sailing courses in the UK call 02392 222 221, for courses overseas call 0844 4171 905




  • Our Courses

    Sunsail offers a fully comprehensive range of yacht sailing courses, designed to cater to every level of ability and previous experience. We have courses for families and individuals, for teenagers and for ladies only. Our courses cover everything from the basics of boat handling to advanced sailing skills that you’ll need to master to gain professional qualifications that are recognised the world over. Whatever your level of experience, we have the right sailing course for you.
  • Why Learn to Sail?

    So, you've never sailed before in your life. Or you've got all the skills but no qualifications. Let us tell you about all the benefits of learning to sail, as well as what our qualifications will allow you to do. Dreamt of helming your own monohull in the Med, or easy-going cat cruising in the Caribbean? Sail away into paradise with the aid of our courses, from Start Yachting all the way up to Yachtmaster.
  • Shore-based Courses

    At Sunsail’s UK base at Portsmouth Harbour on the south coast of England, our dedicated sailing school offers shore-based courses in RYA Day Skipper theory, RYA GMDSS Radio, RYA Small Craft First Aid, RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship, Diesel and Radar.
  • Speciality Courses

    Sunsail offers specialist courses to groups of Women, Teenagers and Families so that you can learn together in groups best suited to you. We also have specialist Milecatcher courses designed to boost confidence and accumulate mileage towards RYA qualifications.
  • Our Destinations

    As one of the leading teaching establishments for sailing, Sunsail’s largest base is located on the south coast of the UK, at Port Solent and offers our full range of courses. We also offer a variety of RYA training courses in our bases in The Caribbean, Thailand, Greece and Croatia!
  • Sunsail RYA Courses

    All our Sailing School's are RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Training Centres, meaning you will recieve the highest standards. All Sunsail Instructors are RYA qualified and our yachts and bases have all passed an RYA inspection, ensuring whether it's your first time on the water or not, you will be in the best hands.
  • Create your own course

    At Sunsail, our RYA qualified instructors have a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge about every aspect of sailing. We can tailor-make a sailing course to suit you or your group to cover any aspect of sailing.
  • The Schools Fleet

    Each of Sunsail’s sailing schools is home to a fleet of modern, well-maintained yachts designed to provide our students with the best possible environment in which to learn new skills and brush up on old ones.
  • New to Sunsail - Not sure which courses are right for you?

    Our Sailing CV has been designed to assess your level and point you towards the best-suited course and holiday destinations.

Sunsail Sailing Schools

What makes Sunsail Sailing Courses different is the passion that we bring to our teaching. All our instructors are RYA qualified, and their mission in life is to get you out on to the water and experiencing the incomparable thrills of sailing for yourself. Once you’ve mastered the basics, they’ll take you to whatever level you want to reach, providing you with all the skills you’ll need to be able enjoy your sailing holidays safely wherever you go.