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Learn to sail with the Southwest Training Center

If living on board, cruising the coast or sailing offshore appeals to you, why not give sail cruising a go?
Cruising yachts have accommodation and cooking facilities, offering a degree of comfort whilst spending time afloat. How far you venture is up to you.
Whether you are a first-timer wanting to be a useful crew member, or a more experienced skipper wanting to expand your skills, there is an RYA course for you.

Practical sail cruising courses
The scheme comprises the series of practical courses below, complemented by our navigation and other specialist short courses. You can use them simply to increase your knowledge and confidence, or as a progression to the RYA/MCA Certificates of Competence which are recognized by maritime authorities worldwide.


Start yachting

An introduction to sail cruising for novices

Competent crew

A course for those wanting to be active crew members, not just passengers

Day skipper

Take charge on short passages under instruction

Coastal skipper

Skipper more challenging passages by day and night

Pre-course experience



5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht

15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours

Assumed knowledge



Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand

Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster standard

Minimum duration

2 days

5 days. Often run over 3 weekends or 3 days plus a weekend. If you have done the Start Yachting course, this course can be completed in 3 or 4 days

5 days, either as 3 weekends or 3 days plus 2 days

5 days

Minimum age





Course content

Steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework, safety on board

Basic seamanship and helmsmanship

Pilotage, boat handlings, seamanship and navigation

Passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations

Ability after course

Basic knowledge of yachting. Reduces the time needed to complete the Competent Crew course

Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines

Able to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day

Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

Price per person

300 € pp

595 € pp

595 € pp

595 € pp


Sail Cruising

If living on board, cruising the coast or sailing offshore appeals to you, why not give sail cruising a go?

Power Boat

Learn close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations.

Navigation and Seamanship Theory

A series or shorebased courses to complement our training on the water.

Tel: (+351) 282 792 681  ·  Fax: (+351) 282 792 682  ·  e-mail: info@southwestcharters.com  ·  skype: southwest.charters  · Licença de Operador Marítimo - Turistico nº163/2010