Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail – RYA Sailing Level 1 & 2

Our “Learn to Sail” courses are the quickest, easiest and best value way to learn how to sail. RYA Sailing Level 1 & 2 course comprises of two, two-day courses, enabling you to progress quickly from beginner to a competent sailor in a controlled, safe and enjoyable environment. On our sailing courses you will learn to sail with crew and on your own, and once completed you will have the basic knowledge to hire or sail your own boat without an instructor onboard.

Courses included :

  • RYA Level 1 Sailing Course
  • RYA Level 2 Sailing Course

On our sailing courses we use our our Delphia 24 keelboats: This is a larger, more stable boat with a fixed keel which stops the boat from capsizing. Keel boats are a step up in size from dinghies, more like a small manageable yacht but not as big as a cruising yacht. They can bridge the gap between dinghies and cruisers, offering many benefits of both, to the adult beginner.

Save money:

Save £51. The learn to Sail Package costs £419. Booked separately both courses cost £470.

More info:

Find out more about learning to sail

What to wear when sailing

What next after your sailing course

A great team and interesting course. I’d recommend Lagoon Watersports. Great fun and very informative

Alison Denyer

Tom is very patient, clam and knowledgable. He explains things very well. Lots of hands on sailing, weather was great so we had lots of time on the water. Thank you so much

Maxine Glancy

Highlight of the course was force 6 and sailing in the sunshine. Will was a great instructor. Super calm and instilled lots of confidence

Elliot Ruby

Everyone is super helpful and the team make you feel most welcome. Really good that you are encourage to get on with it

Katharine Haggie

Course objective:

You will be sailing confidently without the instructor onboard; ready to hire our boats on the sea and practice your new found skills!


Save £51. The learn to Sail Package costs £419. Booked separately both courses cost £470.


Adults or kids age 14+ with parental consent.


Brighton Marina, BN2 5UP

Suitable for:

Adults looking to improve windsurfing skills.


Courses are run weekends from April to the end of October. 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
  • Sunglasses, sunhat and suncream for summer months and woolly hats, thermals and layers for winter months
  • Non-slip deck shoes, wetsuit shoes or trainers that don’t mark
  • If you have your own waterproofs, please bring them, or you can borrow ours
  • 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
  • Money for lunch or a packed lunch

What Not to bring

  • Please note that 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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RYA Sailing Level 1
RYA Sailing Level 2
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RYA Sailing Level 1 Introduces total beginners into sailing with all you need to know to get afloat under supervision. You will learn how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering. This course is a great introduction into the sailing world and many people then go onto their RYA Sailing Level 2.

This level 1 syllabus covers the following:

  • Rigging
  • How to sail in all directions
  • Crewing and helming
  • Awareness of launching and recovery
  • Course Objective: Able to sail in light winds under supervision and set your boat up ready for the next time
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This level 2 course aims to consolidate your basic knowledge of sailing, and develop an awareness of safety. By the end of the course you will be capable of sailing a boat without an instructor on board in light winds. On the RYA Sailing Level 2 course your skills will improve as we introduce you to the five essentials of sailing: balance, trim, centreboard, sail setting and course made good.

The course syllabus covers the following:

  • Rigging and launching
  • Sailing in all directions
  • Capsize recovery
  • Essential safety knowledge
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Gift vouchers

  • All gift vouchers are valid for 24 months.
  • Gift vouchers can be purchased for any amount.
  • Gift vouchers are valid for all the activities that we offer.
  • Gift vouchers can either be emailed to you or directly to the recipient.



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Sailing at Lagoon Watersports

  • 8m keelboats with expert RYA 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
  • All boats in the water and ready to go
  • Small class sizes 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!
  • Membership scheme that offers easy and cost effective access to sailing and jet skiing