Youth Sailing Academy

Youth sailing academy


Sunsail’s Youth Sailing Academy weeks are as popular with parents as they are with the teenagers themselves. Scheduled to coincide with school holidays, Sunsail’s Youth Sailing Academy weeks are a great mix of sailing instruction and other, fun activities designed to keep teenagers busy and entertained.  

Youth Sailing Academy weeks are all-inclusive of food and soft drinks and are suitable for teenagers aged between 13 and 17. Non-sailing activities include on shore games and beach barbecues. Over the course of the week, students can work towards an RYA qualifaction and their Duke of Edinburgh award. 

What will you be doing?

Whether or not you have ever sailed before, you will be actively involved in every aspect of sailing the boat. That means hoisting and lowering sails, steering, getting involved in navigation, anchoring and cooking. Those on RYA courses will complete the appropriate syllabus learning new skills. Each yacht on the Youth Academy will have an RYA qualified Instructor and a mate, both are DBS (CRB) checked and have experience working with children.

During the week there may be the opportunity to take part in shore side activities such as beach games, BBQs and cinema outings, depending on the ages and interests of the crew members. Anyone under the age of 15 will need consent from the parent or guardian to watch a 12A certificate film.

Accommodation is on board for the duration of the course and is mixed, with boys and girls in separate cabins. Sunsail endeavours to allocate boats by age range, where possible.

Where to take this course with Sunsail

Portsmouth, UK

Why take this course with Sunsail?

The Sunsail Youth Sailing Academy courses are designed specifically for 13 to 17-year-olds and are packed with fun activities such as cinema trips, on shore games and beach barbecues.

The Youth Sailing Academy course is a great way to get teenagers out of the house during the summer months and time aboard can be counted towards Competent Crew, Day Skipper qualifications or the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. This all-inclusive course includes food and soft drinks while on board.

All of our instructors are RYA qualified and DBS enhanced, and experts in keeping inquisitive young minds active. Accommodation on board is mixed with boys and girls in separate cabins. We endeavour to allocate boats by age range where possible.


Before taking the RYA Day Skipper course you will need to complete the RYA Competent Crew course or have sailing knowledge to this level.

All paper certificates for the RYA Practical Day Skipper are now obsolete. New photo ID certificates for these courses will be awarded on successful completion of these courses. For the student to be issued their photo ID certificate they will require a passport photo and photo ID, i.e. passport or driving license. Please note: you will need to bring a passport photo and proof of identity otherwise your certificate cannot be issued.

Base address

Sunsail Sailing School, Lock Approach, Port Solent Marina, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4TJ

Yacht course start times

Please note that all courses will commence promptly at the start times stated below.

Residential teenage 9 day RYA Day Skipper combined (16+) - £879pp

Theory: Tuesday 09:00 - Friday 17:00

Practical: Friday 18:00 - Wednesday 16:00

Teenage 5-day course - £629pp

Sunday 18:00 - Friday 16:00 

Booking a Youth Sailing Academy course

Please email [email protected] with the course type, dates you would like to do and how many people will be completing the course for current availability. Or call us on 02392 222221. Thank you.

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