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Sunsail Sailing Schools

At Sunsail Sailing Schools, we have courses for beginners through to experienced sailors seeking professional qualifications, along with every level in between. Most of our instructors are Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualified and just because you're on a course, it doesn't mean you can't have a great time. With sailing schools in the Whitsundays, the UK, Greece, British Virgin Islands and Croatia, you can combine holiday, fun and enhanced skills to really take your sailing up a step.

Whatever your level, it has never been more important to get some formal qualifications under your belt. With more countries demanding recognised certification for the Skipper and first mate, particularly in the Mediterranean, even those with years of sailing experience may need to do a course to ensure that you can enjoy the full range of sailing holiday destinations available.


  • Sunsail RYA Courses

    Many of the courses offered at Sunsail’s sailing schools are certified by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), ensuring a high quality of training, and a widely recognised qualification. These include the RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper courses.
  • Our Courses

    Sunsail offers a fully comprehensive range of sailing courses, designed to cater to every level of ability and previous experience. We have courses suitable for both families and individuals. Our courses cover everything from the basics of boat handling to advanced sailing skills that you’ll need to master to gain professional qualifications that are recognised the world over. Whatever your level of experience, we have the right sailing course for you.
  • Flotilla Starter or Hero

    A new addition to sailing school - Learn to sail on a Flotilla. Your skipper for the week is a qualified ICC or RYA instructor/examiner who'll join you on board throughout your Flotilla teaching your crew the skills and know-how needed to charter your very own yacht.
  • New to Sunsail - Not sure which courses are right for you?

    Our Sailing CV test has been designed to assess your level of experience and point you towards the best-suited course/s and also suitable holiday destinations.
  • The Schools Fleet

    Each of Sunsail’s sailing schools is home to a fleet of modern, well-maintained yachts designed to provide our students with the best possible environment in which to learn new skills and brush up on old ones.

Sunsail Sailing Schools

What makes Sunsail Sailing Schools different to the rest is the passion that we bring to our teaching. All Sunsail instructors are RYA qualified and their mission in life is to get you out on to the water and experiencing the incomparable thrills of sailing for yourself. Once you’ve mastered the basics, they’ll be ready to take you onto whatever level you want to reach, providing you with the skills you’ll need to be able to sail safely wherever in the world you want to go.