RYA Start Yachting

RYA Start Yachting Sailing Course

The RYA Start Yachting course is for beginner yacht sailors and those who would like to become an active member of the crew rather than just a passenger. This course starts at 09:00 and finishes at 17:00 from Brighton Marina on Saturday and Sunday. You will be sailing in the Brighton area and will not need to stay onboard. By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

When you learn how to sail, you will not only become familiar with all aspects of your boat, but also how your boat relates to its environment in terms of everything from the wind to the weather. Learning how to sail can be so fulfilling, using brain and muscle can give a great sense of accomplishment. If you are new to yachts and want to learn to sail from Brighton then this course is a great introduction to sailing for complete beginners, it can also count towards your Competent Crew, which will entail a further 3 days sailing.


Course content includes:

  • The Yacht
  • Ropework
  • Rules Of The Road
  • Meteorology
  • Man Overboard Recovery
  • Emergency Equipment & Precautions
  • Clothing & Equipment

More Information:

RYA Start Yachting Scheme

It was an amazing 2 days at sea. Great course, great weather and great instructor. Loved it

Laetitia Gabrielli

He had a very relaxed, though efficient and professional, manner and managed extremely well the range of ages and experiences on board. He was upbeat throughout, got everyone working well together and taught extremely effectively. Not only a good sailor, but a good teacher.

Ralph Abercromby

Thanks for a really useful, informative and enjoyable 2 day course. Jane was an excellent instructor. The course has increased my confidence in crewing ahead of a flotilla holiday

Jo Hatton

A fantastic starter course. Excellently paced with no info overload. Gives you a great feel. I am ready and eager to further my knowledge to the next level

Kharina Kharran

Course Objective:

You will gain basic knowledge of the yacht and how to sail




2 days


Brighton Marina, BN2 5UP

Suitable for:

Adults looking to gain a basic introduction to yacht sailing


Courses are run weekends from Febuary to the end of November. If you cannot find a date please contact us. Private Tuition is also available.


Book online from the dates below or call 01273 42 48 42 option 1 or email us.

If you cannot find a date please contact us.

Booking terms and conditions apply and rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.

Map / Directions
What to Bring
Cancellation Policy

Lagoon Watersports @ Brighton Marina
Pontoon 6
Western Concourse
Brighton Marina

We have two centres in Brighton. This activity take place from Lagoon Watersports in Brighton Marina DO NOT go to Lagoon Watersports, Hove Lagoon. If you are taking a taxi please make this clear to the driver.

Finding Lagoon Watersports once you are in Brighton Marina
Head towards the waterfront where you will see all the cafes and restaurants. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large bridge heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.


To Brighton Marina by car
Approaching the marina from the A27 take the B2123. Turn right at first set of traffic lights, signposted Brighton Town Centre, Racecourse and Marina Village. Turn left at second set of traffic lights, pass the Racecourse and follow the signs for the Marina Village where there is free parking for 1500 cars in the multi-storey car park. From the car park you can either go across a linking bridge on level 6 or from the ground floor of the car park towards all the waterfront cafes and bars. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large ramp heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.

By Bus
Brighton and Hove bus service operates a number 7 bus approximately every 15 minutes 24 hours a day, from Brighton Town Centre (North Street or Queens Road), to the Marina Village.

By Bike
Brighton Marina has a bike share station which is either pay per minute or a yearly membership, go to https://www.btnbikeshare.com for more information. For your own bike, racks are available on the main concourses of the pontoons. You must use the racks and not leave bikes on the pontoons otherwise Premier Marina will take them away.

On foot
Brighton Marina is a pleasant walk along the seafront from the centre of Brighton, it is 20 minutes walk from the main West Pier. During the summer you will also find the Volks electric railway operates along the front.

By train 
The nearest main line station is Brighton with regular connections to Chichester, Portsmouth and London is under an hour away. nationalrail.co.uk

By Air
Brighton is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick international airports. Follow the A23 from Gatwick to Brighton. Shoreham airport is also available for private light aircraft.

What to Bring

  • Be prepared for changeable weather, bring plenty of layers
  • Quick drying clothes can be very practical, avoid jeans
  • Gloves for warmth and rope friction protection
  • Sunglasses, sunhat and suncream for summer months and woolly hats, thermals and layers for winter months
  • Deck boots and non-slip deck shoes or trainers that don’t mark
  • We can supply waterproofs for hire, Musto BR1s. You will need to order these in advance so we can have them ready for your arrival. If you have your own waterproofs, please bring them, they are a necessity
  • If you are worried or unsure whether you suffer from seasickness then pills and wrist-bands work well. Don’t arrive on an empty stomach and take tablets with breakfast if you have never been sailing on the sea before, sometimes the motion takes a while to get used to
  • Packed lunch or money for lunch

What not to bring

We only have limited lockers for putting valuables in, so please minimise these as much as possible.

Our Coastal Membership Club gives you unique and exciting opportunities out on the sea from Brighton Marina. Our aim is to offer people easy access to boating without all the hassles and fees of owning a boat.

  • Practice sailing on a regular basis and improve upon your skills
  • Access to yachts, keel boats and jet skis
  • Attend our weekly RYA Instructor led clinics and social events
  • Partake in mile building, yacht trips or racing events
  • Meet new people that you can sail with
  • Get out on the water independently or as part of a team
  • Introduce friends and family to the sport
  • 15% Discount on RYA Training Courses


Changing Bookings

When you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking. That means we are unable to offer that space to anyone else.

If you cancel that space we are likely to incur a loss.  We will have already made commitments to staff and we may have turned away other bookings. We are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss.

We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations. If we did not do this we would have to put up our prices for everyone.

Our cancellation policy applies in all circumstances including no shows, illness, relocation, transport failure and bereavement.

Course Cancellation Insurance
You can take out insurance to cover the cost of your course against cancellation through CancelSure. Guide cost is £12 for the first £100 of cover and then £6 per additional £100 of cover.

Our Advice

  • If you pay by credit card your cancellation may be covered by your credit card provider.
  • Consider taking out course cancellation insurance.
  • Your holiday insurance may cover you for course where you stay on our boats.

Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation charges
You may cancel your course/event at any time. Written notification from the Lead Name in your group is required. Cancellation will only be accepted on payment of the cancellation charges as set out below. The following cancellation fees apply :

• More than 8 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit
• Less than 8 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event

At our discretion, we may allow a forfeited deposit to be used towards an alternative course/event run by us or the same course on an alternative date. In each case, such a booking will be at the price prevailing at the time of re-booking and subject to an admin charge of £25 for courses over £150 and £10 for courses under £150. In these circumstances we offer significant discounts on rebooking within 12 months.

The discount is based on how much notice was given for the booking cancellation and non discounted course rates:

• More than 4 weeks before course/event  –  90% discount on full brochure rates
• 2- 4 weeks before course/event – 75% discount on full brochure rates
• 13 days  – 72 hours before course/event –  50% discount on full brochure rates
• 72 hours or less  –  25% discount on full brochure rates

For example if you book a course worth £200 and need to change the date of that course:

4 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £20
2 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £50
3 days notice this will cost you an additional £100
24 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150

Postponement by us due to bad weather
On some occasions courses may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates, no refund will be available.

On some occasions group events may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates.
If you are unable or unwilling to accept these new dates then we will refund you the full cost of the course less 15%.

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Yacht Courses at Lagoon Watersports

  • Well maintained yachts with expert tuition
  • Brighton Marina is the perfect gateway to the open sea
  • Less than 3 miles from Brighton Pier right on the sea front at Brighton Marina
  • Suitable for beginners to advanced sailors
  • Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 5 people to ensure individual attention
  • Run by highly experienced, qualified and friendly RYA instructors
  • All specialised equipment is provided, including lifejackets
  • Great marina facilities with changing rooms and hot showers as well as restaurants, bars, shops, cinema and even a casino!