Sailing Courses


Our current school boat is the modern 2017 Dufour 382, a fantastic boat to learn and develop your knowledge on; with her spacious deck layout,dual helm and on-deck plotter, she is easy to handle in close and open quarters. We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable, enjoyable sailing experience and guarantee all students their own cabin.


Facilities on-board include:Orion starboardsailing starboard

• Dual helm
• Heating
• Fridge
• Two toilets each with hot water and showers
• Three cabins
• Television and radio
• Charging points for mobiles
• On-deck chart plotter and radar


We carry out a deep clean before every course and provide fresh linen and towels.

Operating along the picturesque South Devon coast, we venture to prime local cruising locations such as Torbay, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Plymouth. Marinas feature as a daily stop, providing time to reflect and partake in shore-side activities.

Our aim is to provide safe fun on the water, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge in a safe and friendly environment. We use a 3:1 students to instructor raitio, which allows our experienced RYA instructors to tailor courses to the various levels and needs on board, and deliver at a managable pace.

Navigation is taught using traditional charting techniques along with electronic methods using E-Series Raymarine chart plotters and Radar.

All course prices include accommodation on board, meals for the duration of the course, fuel and mooring fees, and the provision of fresh linen and towels.Waterproofs are available upon request.

We can provide training for all of these courses on your boat, see our Own Boat Training page to find out more.


RYA Start Yachting - £330
Our 2 day weekend course is a fantastic introduction to sailing, designed to give a taste of sailing or allow you to practice skills in a relaxed environment. It is the perfect setting to find out if sailing is for you, as students are involved in all aspects of sailing the yacht, from basic knot tying to hoisting the sails and steering the boat.


RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper - £730
A five day practical course which can accommodate both Day Skipper and Competent Crew candidates, depending on ability and course requirements.
We familiarise you with the yacht and spend the week port hopping whilst you gain experience and work towards your qualification.
Competent Crew - An ideal way to develop your skills and to start to become an active crew member capable of contributing to the running of a boat. Course content includes learning how to steer the boat, what the sails do, knot-tying, basic seamanship principles and safety procedures.
Day Skipper - Putting Day Skipper level theory into practice and taking command of both the boat and crew, you will also learn learn basic engine checks. This includes building on previous experience  and developing new skills for close quarter manouevring, handling under power and sail, day navigation, with some night hours.


Combined 9-day Day Skipper Course - £1150

As a combination of the Day Skipper Theory and Practical courses, this is a fast-track way to achieve your full Day Skipper license. This course spends 4 days on the shorebased course one week, followed by the 5 day practical the next week. This course is intensive and requires concentration and commitment to learning as there will also be a small amount of homework set each evening.

During the practical course elements you will build on previous experience under supervision from one of our experienced RYA Instructors. You will be directing the crew, coming alongside, handling the boat under sail and power, navigating during the day and getting some night hours under your belt. You will also learn basic engine checks and be expected to take control in a man overboard emergency situation.

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RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster™ Preparation - £730
A five day practical course for Coastal Skipper or preperation Yachtmaster™ candidates, this course will build and refine your skills and knowledge, including your planning and skippering for passages with pilotage at day and night, boat handling and safety and emergency procedures.

If you are looking to gain the Yachtmaster™ Offshore or Coastal Certificate, please let us know and we will arrange an examiner for you. We cannot over emphasise the need for personal preparation for this exam; your theory knowledge should be instinctive and you should exercise safe practices and judgment without being too overcautious. Primarily you will be examined on  your ability to be a good skipper. Our emphasis during this course is consolidate all that you have already learned and fine tune any areas that need improvement. You will be expected to be fully skilled in the following areas: communication with crew members, confident and competent boat handling, high standard chart work and navigation, safety briefings and procedures, radio communication, meteorology skills.

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