South Coast UK Training Centre

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Monday to Friday0900 to 1800
Saturday0930 to 1700
0208 324 3118

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Contact us

Monday to Friday0900 to 1800
Saturday0930 to 1700
0208 324 3118

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Our UK Training Centre opened in 2019 to cope with a growing demand for training in tidal waters or brushing up on skills before departing on your next holiday.

This school gives the opportunity for tidal practice as well as milebuilding trips to the west country, Channel Islands and France. For those who are nervous, or looking for a refresher before their upcoming holiday, our bespoke weekend courses are ideal to brush off the cobwebs and get back into the swing of things.

The Solent, in our view, represents the ideal starting point, thanks to good accessibility from many parts of the country. It’s protected waters enable sailing in most conditions plus a great range of destinations to sail to, from the Isle of Wight to attractive harbours like Poole and Weymouth to the West, or Chichester and Portsmouth harbour to the East. Many of our training trips are across the channel to France and the Channel Islands.

New for Autumn 2021, we are also offering courses from Plymouth, offering another cruising ground to explore. Depending on the length of the course, we like to visit Fowey and Falmouth to the west of Plymouth, and Salcombe and Dartmouth to the east.

Exploring the Solent

Typical Day

On arriving at our base, you will be greeted by your instructor and shown to your yacht. There you will be given an essential safety brief and then free to relax for the night or mix with other guests. Our courses start on the following morning and run for 2, 5 or 7 days until mid-afternoon on the final day.

Breakfast and lunches are included giving you the time to focus on learning and having fun. Sailing is a social sport, and an RYA sailing course can be a perfect way to make new friends. Our RYA instructors have been chosen for their friendly approach as well as their expertise. The time you spend with us is as much about fun as it is a learning experience.

UK Tuition 2021 - Dates and Prices

Date*LocationDurationPrice per person (based on 2 sharing a cabin)Single Supplement
8th NovemberPlymouth5 Days£695£200
15th NovemberPlymouth5 Days£695£200

UK Tuition 2022 - Dates and Prices

Date*LocationDurationPrice per person (based on 2 sharing a cabin)Single Supplement
28th FebruaryPlymouth5 Days£695£200
12th MarchSouthampton2 Days£295£145
14th MarchSouthampton5 Days£695£200
19th MarchSouthampton2 Days£295£145
21st MarchSouthampton5 Days£695£200
19th AprilSouthampton5 Days£695£200
23rd AprilSouthampton2 Days£295£145
25th AprilSouthampton5 Days£695£200
2nd MaySouthampton5 Days£695£200
20th JuneSouthampton5 Days£695£200
27th JuneSouthampton5 Days£695£200

*Note – Embarkation is possible the evening before your course starts


  • ICC test £50
  • Hire of wet weather gear £25
  • Hire of sleeping bag  £10
  • A 10% multiple course discount applies when 2 or more courses are booked for an individual at the same time.
  • £50 discount when you buy an online Navathome Theory Course
  • En-suite cabin supplement – £100 per person per week / £50 per person per weekend

Weekend Trips

Embarking Friday evening from 6pm or by 8:30Am Saturday morning our weekend tuition includes refresher courses, taster cruises and the RYA Start Yachting. We will tend to sail locally, visiting the Isle of Wight, and the pretty harbours and towns within the Solent. Disembarkation is typically by around 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

Week Day Tuition

Our 5-day sailing courses venture further afield with cross-channel or coastal voyages to locations such as Weymouth and Poole. These include refresher courses, mile builder voyages as well as ICC courses and the standard RYA courses.

Private Tuition

Ideal for groups or for those who wish to ensure a bespoke program fully tailored to your needs. Depending on your previous experience, you can undertake any RYA courses or concentrate on any area identified as your training needs.

Price will depend on the time of year and the numbers in your group – please give us a call and we will be happy to put the right package together for you and your party.

The Seafarer Price Guarantee

We Will Not Be Beaten On Price !

The Seafarer Price Guarantee

As an independent company, we are able to keep our prices highly competitive – if you see a like for like product featured elsewhere cheaper, let us know and we will beat it!
This guarantee applies to yacht and accommodation rates on our Beach Club, Flotilla, Learn to Sail and & Cabin Charter programmes operated by Seafarer and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

For those booking before 31st May, we will not impose any surcharges and we guarantee to honour the price confirmed to you at the time of booking.

Transfers & Location

Free parking is available at our base if you are driving, or it is a relatively short cab ride from either Southampton  station or the airport.

Parking is secure in the berth-holders and visitors area which is on the right hand side as you enter the marina (opposite Force 4 chandlery).

Our Tuition Yachts

Our fully coded RYA Training Yacht on the south coast is a Bavaria 39 “Pandora”. With 3 double cabins (one en-suite) this is a popular sized charter yacht. Perfect for learning if you intend to charter in the Mediterranean.

With modern navigation equipment and home comforts. As well as all the safety equipment required to make your course safe, secure and relaxing.


Yacht Inventory

Sailing Inventory

  • Furling genoa
  • in-mast furling mainsail
  • Storm jib
  • Self-tailing winches
  • Spinnaker pole

Safety Equipment

  • Slim line inflatable life jackets
  • Fixed DSC VHF radio + handheld VHF radio
  • Emergency VHF aerial
  • Jack Stays
  • Life Raft
  • 2 x Lifebuoy (with lights), Danbuoy and throwing line
  • Emergency tiller
  • Gas detector in saloon
  • Smoke detectors

Exterior Equipment

  • Wheel steering
  • Sprayhood
  • Wind, speed & depth instruments
  • Electric windlass, bow anchor and chain
  • Mooring warps, spare warps
  • Kedge anchor & chain
  • Dinghy and outboard engine
  • Cockpit speakers
  • Cockpit shower
  • Brush and boat hook

Navigation Equipment

  • GPS Chartplotter
  • Local area charts
  • Pilot book / Cruising guide, logbook
  • Reeds almanac
  • Dividers, plotter, hand bearing compass
  • Binoculars
  • Pencils, rubber, sharpener, notepad

Domestic Equipment

  • Plates, side plates, bowls and cutlery
  • Saucepans, frying pans, cooking utensils
  • Tea towels, kitchen roll, washing up liquid, bin bags
  • Glasses, mugs, cafetiere, corkscrew
  • Electric kettle and toaster
  • Wet weather gear available on request.

Meet the Team

John Connolly

John Connolly

YMI, Chief Instructor

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