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.
RYA Start Yachting Scheme
You will gain basic knowledge of the yacht and how to sail
Brighton Marina, BN2 5UP
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.
Lagoon Watersports @ 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.
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.
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.
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.
The nearest main line station is Brighton with regular connections to Chichester, Portsmouth and London is under an hour away. nationalrail.co.uk
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.
We only have limited lockers for putting valuables in, so please minimise these as much as possible.
Course Objective: These skills will enable you to become a valuable crew member. You will be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout and be able to assist in all the daily routines. After completing your Competent Crew course you will have enough experince to embark upon your RYA Dayskipper Course.
Course Information: The RYA Competent Crew courses are run either over three weekends or 5 days.
Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions
Cancellation chargesYou 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 £202 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £503 days notice this will cost you an additional £10024 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150
Postponement by us due to bad weatherOn 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%.
It was an amazing 2 days at sea. Great course, great weather and great instructor. Loved it
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.
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
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