Training Schools – there are many schools especially on the south coast in the Solent that provide courses starting with Competent Crew, through to Dayskipper and the Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore courses. Previous students have recommended the following schools for practical courses – Commodore Sailing, Solent Boat Training and Sail Squad. For information about courses visit the RYA website for National Cruising Scheme.
Wind Awareness – one of the skills for sailing is knowing how to sail. Being based a long way from the sea try a local dinghy sailing club and learn how to tack, gybe and reach in a small sailing boat in a safe environment.
Flotilla or bare boat sailing with family and friends – this is the classic way of starting to sail and drawing the rest of the family into your hobby. You’re supported by an experienced lead crew to help maintain the boat, navigate to new ports and arrange evening entertainment! You’ll meet fellow sailors and make lifelong friendships
Cruising Associations and Sailing Clubs – join a club or association to meet and mix with like minded individuals. Many yacht owners are looking for crew (like you) to help sail their yachts
Further theory courses – when you’ve gained some experience why not come back and learn some more. We’re always happy to advise on the best course for you.
We recommend the following: