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“Fantastic Day Skipper practical course. Anna was an A class trainer. The facilities were fantastic and company was very professional.”

Hannah Robinson

There is nothing quite as serene as jumping aboard a yacht and sailing into the unknown. The excitement and thrill of exploration, the adrenaline from tackling the sea, and the sense of fulfilment once you reach your destination. Sailing is a sport that is known for its endless enjoyment, like the ever changing wind and sea the states of your sailing experience manipulate to coincide, in which creates an incredible practice of variability.  The diversity and complexity of sailing means that there is never a dull moment when aboard, a leisure activity that truly challenges both body and mind.


The beauty of sailing is that it can be a shared experience. Sharing these picturesque moments of searching the open seas builds not only your individual practical skill assets but also the relationships among your companions through teamwork and efficiency. Whether you sail the water as a member of a crew of loved ones, family or friends, or simply want to enjoy the peaceful surroundings alone – sailing allows for freedom.

Freedom to explore, freedom to seek the new and unknown, and the freedom to learn a bunch of new skills is accumulated from simply zipping on a life jacket, putting on the sunscreen, and hiring a boat.

We understand more than anyone how intense working life can be, escaping for a moment of peace after a long slog of a 9-5 (with over time), Monday-Friday (if you’re lucky), to bring back a little bit of sanity into your busy career fuelled life. Everyone needs a bit of TLC and ‘me-time’, and what better way is there to escape any worries of your day to day living than to hoist sail and drift off into a deep blue bay. Does this sound inviting to you? – It sure does to me.

If all of this has failed to sway you why not get ahead of the game let the Olympic year of 2016 inspire you. Following the undoubtable success of our Great Britain athletes back in London 2012, sailing was plunged into the spotlight and we hope that this will be repeated once more this coming summer. The famously fanatic Ben Ainslie will unfortunately be refraining from our screens during Rio 2016 but his performances at London 2012 will forever resonate with us here at Lagoon Water Sports. This summer watch the professional sailors compete within calm and rough waters, challenging their physical and mental capacities and I am sure that the adrenaline and intensity of watching such professional level sport will ignite a spark of interest within you.

So, whether you are a solo sailor or one of a crew, grab your life jacket and hop aboard for an experience that will leave you falling in love with sail and sea.

See you on the Water…


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New to yachts? Get onboard with Lagoon Watersports. After this two day course you will leave the yacht with a basic knowledge of what sailing is all about. From Brighton Marina, our Start Yachting Course is a great introduction to sailing for beginners.

Competent Crew


Learn to sail a yacht with RYA Competent Crew sailing course in Brighton with Lagoon Watersports. This 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 hands on…


This hands on course will teach you how to crew a yacht and on completion you should be able to assist in all the day to day duties onboard. Your course will be onboard our fantastic performance yachts, our Beneteau First 35 or on our new Beneteau Oceanis 41.

This RYA Competent Crew Course will include:

  • Helmsmanship
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Essential safety procedures
  • Rules of the road
  • Meteorology
  • Man overboard
  • Manners & customs

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 you will have enough experience to embark upon your RYA Dayskipper Course.



Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give tuition, advice and ensure your personal safety. The RYA Day Skipper qualification confirms that the successful candidate has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on shorter, coastal cruises during daylight.


The RYA Day Skipper qualification confirms that the successful candidate has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on shorter, coastal cruises during daylight. At the end of this course you will be licensed to skipper your own boat and charter a boat both in the UK or abroad. Before taking the Day Skipper practical course you should make sure you have completed RYA Day Skipper Theory & RYA Competent Crew courses or have equivalent experience. We offer a range of Fast Track Day Skipper Packages combining these courses and offering great discounts. Your course will either be onboard our fantastic performance yachts – our Beneteau First 35 or on our new Beneteau Oceanis 41.

The RYA Day Skipper course syllabus will cover:

  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation
  • Rules of the road
  • Maintenance & repair work
  • Emergency situations
  • Engines
  • Yacht handling under power & sail
  • Passage making
  • Night cruising
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology

Course Objective: Gain RYA Day Skipper certificate .You will be licensed to skipper your own boat and charter a boat both in the UK or abroad.

Yacht Charter


Skippered and bareboat sailing yacht charter from Brighton, Solent & Barcelona with Lagoon Watersports. We provide bareboat and skippered sailing boat charters with our yachts in Brighton, Gosport and Barcelona. We can tailor the charter to suit… 


We can tailor the charter to suit your destination, needs and requirements. You can also hire our yachts for racing events in the UK or Spain.

Brighton & Gosport yacht charter
Lagoon Watersports offers you the chance to charter our performance Beneteau First 35 or our NEW beautiful and spacious Beneteau Oceanis 41 sailing yacht. You could cruise along the Brighton coastline, visit the Solent or sail over to France! Sailing off of Brighton offers some great views of the town and the Sussex coastline. The Solent has some of the best sailing in the UK with numerous harbours and places to moor for a spot of lunch or for the night and of course you can visit the famous sailing town of Cowes. Sailing to France is for the more hardy that want an adventure and maybe a chance to sample some of that lovely French cuisine – Don’t forget your passport!

We charter our Bavaria 37 and our Beneteau 40.7 sailboat from Barcelona, Costa Brava or the Balearic Islands. You could choose a relaxing day charter off the coast of Barcelona, taking in the skyline of the city whilst soaking up the sun or if you want to go further afield for longer you could explore to the north, towards the rugged and beautiful coast of Costa Brava or go south to the Costa Dorada towards delightful Sitges and Tarragona.

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Pre Flotilla Training


Pre-flotilla training with Lagoon Watersports. Are you chartering in the Med and looking to gain experience? This 4 day course will run through all the basics of yacht sailing from parking the yacht to hoisting the sails whilst also learning all the manoeuvres…


From parking the yacht to hoisting the sails, plus also learning all the manoeuvres required to operate under sail and power.

With no tides in the Med it is fairly easy to navigate, however we will run through:

  • Basic chart work
  • Understanding the Pilot Book
  • Using a compass
  • Safety on the water
  • What to expect on your charter boat 

For those wishing to formalise their training we offer RYA Dayskipper Theory and Practical courses which will enable you to charter in tidal as well as non tidal waters.



Sailing Trips from Brighton with Lagoon Watersports. Lagoon Watersports offers exciting sailing trips from Brighton. You can choose a “Celebration Sail” a “Half Day Cruise” or a “Sunset Cruise”, all of which will give you a fantastic experience onboard our yacht. From the big blue, whether you are…


From the big blue, whether you are taking in the skyline of Brighton or sights such as the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head along the Sussex coastline, you will be able to sit back and relax and enjoy the sail. Weather permitting you may be able to take a dip! You will also be given the chance to pull up the sails or take the helm, all in the safe hands of our experienced skippers.

The Yachts: We have a sleek Beneteau First 35, this performance yacht is coded for up to 8 crew. We also have a new Beneteau Oceanis 41 Express, a beautiful and spacious yacht that can take up to 12 crew – perfect for group sails.

Lagoon Watersports has 20 years of experience in providing RYA watersports training and events. With a wealth of experience in running RYA sail, motor and powerboat courses we pride ourselves on our flexible, person centred and professional approach.

We offer various times and dates from April to October. So come join Lagoon Watersports for an unbeatable activity on the water!

RYA Online Courses


Lagoon Watersports offers a range of shorebased courses online:

  • RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities
  • RYA Essential Navigation & Safety
  • RYA Marine Radio SRC
  • RYA CEVNI Test

Top 10 reasons to take the online course:

1. Flexibility – anytime, anywhere and at your own speed
2. Suitable for all – new crews through to budding skippers
3. Safety essentials – all the essential knowledge for going afloat
4. Simplicity – easy to use, interactive and full of great graphics
5. Supporting your knowledge – an ideal accompaniment to your practical course
6. Stepping stone – a great starting point for more advanced courses
7. Real skills – use real skills alongside online technology
8. Best advice – written by top RYA instructors, created by award winning designers
9. Learn it, try it, test it – practice what you’ve learnt before taking the test
10. Be part of it – the RYA’s 1st fully interactive online course

Accessing the online course is simple! Once you have booked with us we will send you a username and password to start online training. An instructor will be on hand to help with queries during the course via email or phone.

Shore-based Courses


Our RYA shore-based theory courses are designed to complement our practical courses. The shorter courses cover subjects that are important to give students a rounded knowledge and essential safety procedures for out at sea. If you are planning your Dayskipper…


If you are planning your dayskipper, some racing or even your yacht master it is important to arm yourself with as many skills as possible. From RYA First Aid, RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance, to the RYA Radio SRC course, our shore-based courses are a great way to gain new skills or qualifications. As well as preventing minor mishaps from turning into major ones, they could open up new career options, or let you plan some more ambitious sailing voyages.

Our safety and survival courses are essential for both racers and sailors that want to travel further afield. The one day RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety course equips both racers and cruisers with the skills and knowledge necessary to both prevent and deal with emergencies offshore. The RYA Sea Survival course is designed for all small craft users, giving a controlled practical experience with safety equipment and life rafts.

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