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Learn to navigate with the Southwest Training Center

Our navigation and seamanship theory courses are designed to help you unravel the mysteries of navigation, pilotage, passage planning and meteorology. They are great as stand alone courses, but also complement our various practical training courses.

Whether you are a sailor or a motor boater, our shorebased courses equip would-be and experienced skippers with enough knowledge, at least in theory, to go afloat and take charge of a yacht.

There are various ways to complete these courses: through evening classes, an intensive course, or by distance learning. Your next logical step is to attend an RYA practical course to put these skills into practice.


Essential Navigation and Seamanship

Navigation and safety awareness for new, inexperienced or rusty skippers and crew

Day skipper

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers

Coastal skipper/ Yachtmaster Offshore

Advanced training for more experienced skippers

Pre-course experience


Some experience on the water is desirable

Day Skipper shorebased

Assumed knowledge



Navigation to Day Skipper shorebased standard

Minimum duration

16 hours

40 hours plus 2 exam papers

40 hours plus 3 exam papers

Minimum age




Course content

An introduction to navigation and safety

Basic seamanship and navigation

Offshore and coastal navigation, pilotage, coastal and offshore passages

Ability after course

Basic knowledge of navigation and safety

Background knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day

Background knowledge to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

Price per person

300 € 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