RYA Day Skipper Courses

RYA Day Skipper

Become a Day Skipper with this flexible, great value package. From zero experience too Day Skipper. More info…

This qualification ensures the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on shorter, coastal cruises during daylight.  More info…

Day Skipper Theory

This course is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers and is an essential preparation for our RYA Day Skipper Practical course. This is an online course. More info…

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. More info…

Experience Building

Enjoy a weekend of sailing and build your experience whilst working towards RYA qualifications. Trips are lead by RYA qualified instructors. More info…

Yacht Charter

Skippered sailing boat charters with our professional instructors. We can tailor the charter to suit your destination, needs and requirements.More info…

“I had a great time on the RYA Start Yachting Course. Being out at sea, traveling at 7 knots and taking the helm was amazing. I learnt a lot, had fun and will definitely be keen to do another course in the future.” 

Kate Ash

“The course was fantastic. I learnt some good basic skills and I can’t wait to do the next level!” 

Karen Abbs

“Had a great time sailing with Lagoon Watersports. Fun and interesting instructing – I learnt a lot” 

Polly Crisford 

“Easy to book, great set up, highly enjoyable and worthwhile course for all motor boat handling” 

Lisa Anacora 

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    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.

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

    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.

    We have a Beneteau 36.7 and a Beneteau First 35.

    The maximum on a yacht courses is 5 persons

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

    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.

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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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/

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

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