Yacht Sailing 2019-03-09T12:23:16+00:00

Yacht Sailing

Yacht Sailing

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.

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.

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RYA Start Yachting

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. Our Start Yachting Course is a great introduction to sailing for beginners.

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Competent Crew

Learn your RYA Competent Crew with Lagoon Watersports. This hands on practical course is for beginner yacht sailors and those who would like to become an active member of the crew.

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Dayskipper Practical

This RYA Day Skipper qualification ensures the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on shorter, coastal cruises during daylight. The RYA Dayskipper is the qualification that you would need to charter a yacht in the UK and abroad.

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A selection of RYA courses can be completed online. This includes Dayskipper Theory, VHF Radio, Essential Navigation, Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory, CEVN, PPR.

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Coastal Skipper

This practical course will teach how to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night. The course includes; passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

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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 yachts.

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Customer Reviews

Was most impressed with Will Lowes, the skipper. 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

The instructors were really helpful and aware of our individual needs. I loved this weekend, I want to do more! Lovely instructors and great fun!

Sophie Cotton

Outstanding course. Content delivered in a efficient, effective and friendly way

Alex Moody

Our instructor Jo is brilliant. Excellent teacher. Very knowledgeable and capable. The highlight of the course was the sunrise as we sailed out of Gosport.

Gerard Philips

Frequently Asked Questions

What yacht courses do Lagoon Watersports offer? 2018-01-26T14:12:17+00:00

We have an experienced and professional team of instructors that teach: RYA Start Yachting, RYA Competent Crew, RYA Dayskipper, RYA Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster.

What yacht course is best for a beginner? 2018-01-26T14:11:57+00:00

RYA Competent Crew. This a 5 day practical course. Or for a taster the two day weekend RYA Start Yachting course.

What course gives me a license to charter a yacht? 2018-01-26T14:11:32+00:00

The RYA Dayskipper. To start the RYA Dayskipper you will need your 5 day practical Competent Crew or equivalent experience. The Dayskipper entail 5 days of theory in the classroom and 5 days practical onboard the yacht. You will also need your VHF license which you can do with us online.

What yachts do you train on? 2018-01-26T14:11:11+00:00

We have a Beneteau 36.7 and a Beneteau First 35.

How many people on a course? 2018-01-26T14:10:51+00:00

The maximum on a yacht courses is 5 persons

When do the practical yacht courses run? 2018-01-26T14:10:31+00:00

The yacht courses run either Mon-Fri or over weekends from February to November.

Do I stay onboard the yacht for the practical courses? 2018-01-26T14:10:11+00:00

If you are doing a weekday course you stay onboard the yacht. If you are doing the weekend courses, usually over the first weekend you do not stay onboard but the second long weekend you will stay onboard.

Where do the yacht courses start? 2018-01-26T14:09:50+00:00

The courses start from our base in Brighton Marina: Pontoon 6, Brighton Marina, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 5UP, UK.

Where are the destinations for the practical courses? 2018-01-26T14:09:31+00:00

Weekend Part 1: We sail around the Brighton area.
Weekend Part 2: We sail to destinations such as Newhaven, Shoreham, Littlehampton and Eastbourne
Mon-Fri: We sail to France or the Solent

Is food provided? 2018-01-26T14:09:10+00:00

Food is not provided for the weekend Part 1 courses. For the weekend Part 2 and weekday Mon-Fri, various meals are provided. An exact breakdown will be given to you in our joining instructions.

What do I need to bring? 2018-01-26T14:08:49+00:00

We provide specialist equipment. In the winter months it can be cold, thermals, fleeces, woolly hats are all useful to have. During the summer months bring sun hats, sun block and sun glasses. Quick drying clothes can be very practical instead of jeans and good none slip, non marking footwear. Trainers often work well. We hire out our Musto waterproofs if required. If you are staying onboard the yacht you will need to bring sleeping bag and a pillow and possibly your passport for the week day practical courses.

What happens if the weather is bad? 2018-01-26T14:08:28+00:00

Part of the enjoyment of sailing is being out in the elements, so it is important to be versatile to make the best of the conditions. If we cannot sail on a day due to weather conditions we will endeavour to cover theory and other useful skills such as mooring practice. At times we might cut short a course in which case you will be offered further days at another suitable time.

Can I learn on my own boat? 2018-01-26T14:07:49+00:00

Yes, we offer Own Boat Tuition in all the RYA yacht courses. We will give you a check list of equipment you will need onboard and we can assign one of our qualified instructors to teach on your boat. If you do not have a berth in Brighton Marina our instructor can travel to your boat.

I used to sail how do I get back into it or how do I keep practicing after a course? 2018-01-26T14:07:16+00:00

You can join for part 1 or part 2 of a weekend course to refresh yourself. We also do mile-building trips and race events such as Round the Island and Royal Escape – we are often looking for crew. We also have our Coastal Sailing Club for more information go to www.lagoon.co.uk/coastal-sailing-club/

Do you have any other locations for yacht training? 2018-01-26T14:06:27+00:00

Yes, in sunny Spain! We offer all the RYA yachting course from our base in central Barcelona. For more information: www.barcelonawatersports.es

Changing Bookings 2018-01-26T13:42:54+00:00

Please click here for our full booking terms and conditions and ensure that you understand our cancellation policy.

Be aware rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.

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

The reason for this is when you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking, we are therefore unable to offer that space to anyone else. We will have made commitments to staff for your booking and we may have turned away other bookings. Unfortunately we are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss. We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations as we are likely to incur costs.

Course Cancelation 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 and an excess of £25 per claim.

Our Advice

  • If you pay by credit card your cancellation maybe covered by your credit card provider.
  • Consider taking out course cancellation insurance.
  • Your holiday insurance may cover you for course when you stay on our boats.
Trouble booking online 2019-03-06T17:30:53+00:00

Don’t struggle. Call us on 01273 42 48 42 or email us  and we will do our best to sort it. In case of system failures we are more than happy to take your booking over the phone.


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