At Sunsail Sailing Schools, we have courses for beginners though to experienced sailors seeking professional qualifications, along with every level in between. All our instructors are Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and/or American Sailing Association (ASA) qualified and just because you're on a course, it doesn't mean you can't have a great time. With sailing schools in the British Virgin Islands or Thailand you can combine vacation, fun and enhanced skills to really take your sailing up a step.
Whatever your level, it has never been more important to get some formal qualifications under your belt. With more countries requiring recognized certification for the Skipper and first mate, particularly in the Mediterranean, even those with years of sailing experience may need to do a course to ensure that you can enjoy the full range of sailing vacation destinations available.
Sunsail RYA & ASA Courses
The American Sailing Association is a leading authority on sailing instruction & sailing schools in the United States. ASA Certified Students can go from basic sailing lessons to advanced sailing courses, enjoying sailing experiences around the world. In addition, all of our Sunsail School locations offer courses that provide RYA qualifications which are recognized around the world. There are currently 13,000 professionals working on commercial vessels using RYA Certificates of Competence. With a range of courses from either the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) or Sunsail, designed by our own training team, we have something to suit everybody.
Sunsail offers a fully comprehensive range of yacht sailing courses, designed to cater to every level of ability and previous experience. We have courses for families and individuals, for teenagers and for ladies only. Our courses cover everything from the basics of boat handling to advanced sailing skills that you’ll need to master to gain professional qualifications that are recognised the world over. Whatever your level of experience, we have the right sailing course for you.
New to Sunsail - Not sure which courses are right for you?
Our Sailing Resume has been designed to assess your level and point you towards the best-suited course and vacation destinations.
At Sunsail’s UK base at Portsmouth Harbour on the south coast of England, our dedicated sailing school offers shore-based courses in RYA Day Skipper theory, RYA GMDSS Radio, RYA Small Craft First Aid, Basic Navigation and Safety, Diesel and Radar.
Sunsail offers specialist courses to groups of Women, Teenagers and Families so that you can learn together in groups best suited to you. We also have specialist Milecatcher courses designed to boost confidence and accumulate mileage towards RYA qualifications.
Create your own course
At Sunsail, our RYA qualified instructors have a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge about every aspect of sailing. We can tailor-make a sailing course to suit you or your group to cover any aspect of sailing.
The Schools Fleet
Each of Sunsail’s sailing schools is home to a fleet of modern, well-maintained yachts designed to provide our students with the best possible environment in which to learn new skills and brush up on old ones.