Sailing Courses

One Stop Sailing offers impartial advice on RYA courses and sailing schools in the UK and abroad. Why search the internet for hours trying to determine the best course or school for you.

Whether you are new to sailing or you are looking to further your knowledge and gain qualifications, One Stop Sailing is here to help you find the right course in the right destination. There are hundreds of RYA registered sailing schools worldwide and every school is different; from different locations, with varied climates to the different boats they use. Choosing the right sailing school for you can have a huge impact on the experience you gain from your course.

With more RYA sailing schools in so many different amazing destinations there is now no need to learn to sail before you go abroad, why not turn your course into a holiday. Learn to sail holidays are open to individuals, groups and families and as they are RYA accredited courses there is no need to worry about varying standard of instruction or language barriers.

Enquire about a learn to sail holiday today or see the links at the bottom of this page for more information about the different destinations available.

We are NOT an RYA school. Instead we work with them to help you find that perfect school. For details of RYA schools we work with here.


RYA Cruising Courses

If you’re looking to get into yacht sailing then the RYA cruising sailing course scheme is the best way forward. The courses start from the level 1 – Competent Crew course where you are taught to sail then progress onto the RYA Day Skipper course and all the way up to Yachtmaster where you can skipper  a yacht in a variety of conditions up to 60 miles offshore.

Yacht Career Courses

Yacht Careers Advice

Whether you’re looking to start a career or fancy a change from your current job then why not head for the glamorous world of sailing? We are one of the only impartial sailing career advisers on the web. Our team is full of ex professional sailors who can offer you impartial advice to help find you the right courses for you. No experience is required as the courses we can put together for you can start right from the beginning. But equally if you are an experienced sailor then we can start you at the level to which you’re already at.

Mile Building Trips

canaries fast track yachtmaster Course

Sail over the horizon and experience long distance sailing while gaining vital miles. You can take part in a mile building trip all over the world. It could be a weekend cross channel, a week in the Mediterranean or a month crossing an Ocean. Explore mile building trips here.


RYA Sailing Courses

The RYA is the British governing body for all boat based sports and all RYA accredited sailing schools worldwide conform to the same standards. This means that we can guarantee the following:

  • Your Instructor will be at least an RYA Cruising Instructor
  • The boat and sailing centre is checked by the RYA, making sure standards are kept high.
  • There will be sufficient safety equipment on board
  • No more than 5 pupils to each instructor

One Stop Sailing works for sailing schools offering courses at home and abroad, running in destinations from the Solent to the British Virgin Islands. For advice on courses and destinations contact us on 01983 281 228 or complete our online enquiry form.

Please note that we are not and RYA Sailing School. You can find out some of the sailing schools that we work with here.


Sailing Course Progression:


Start Yachting

This weekend course is designed to give a taster of what sailing is all about. It’s a great fun course and we’re sure it’ll get you hooked!

Pre requisite: None


Competent Crew

You can skip the Start Yachting course and go straight onto the full 5 day introduction to sailing Competent Crew Course. Here you will learn everything to safely crew a yacht.

Pre requisite: None

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Day Skipper Theory

Now you start to master the art of navigation!

Pre requisite: non, ideally Competent Crew

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Day Skipper Practical

Learn to take control and skipper the yacht. At the end of the course you will confidently skipper a yacht by day.

Pre requisite: Competent Crew or 100 miles/5 days on a yacht and knowledge to the level of Day Skipper Theory

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Coastal/Yachtmaster Theory

The navigation and theory steps up a level as you learn how to navigate by night.

Pre requisite: Day Skipper Practical

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Coastal Skipper Course

Put your long distance navigation theory into practise on the Coastal Skipper Course. Now you can skipper by night and explore further afield in confidence.

Pre requisite: Day Skipper Practical or 15 days on a yacht with the knowledge tot he Coastal Skipper Theory level.

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Yachtmaster Exam

Regarded by many as the pinnacle test of any sailors skills the Yachtmaster exam is 12 to 36 hour exam.

Pre requisite: See the page for more details.

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Yachtmaster Ocean

Regarded by many as the pinnacle test of any sailors skills the Yachtmaster exam is 12 to 36 hour exam.

Pre requisite: Yachtmaster Offshore