What to expect
What to bring and wear
To make the most of your time with us we always endeavour to set sail on the first evening - this is normally a short passage skippered by your instructor. You’ll be living, learning, eating and sleeping aboard for the duration of your course. Each yacht is freshly provisioned with good, easy to prepare food and everyone is expected to lend a hand in the galley at some stage of the course.
Your instructor will plan things around the tides and the weather, as well as the ability of the crew. Our aim being to make sure, as far as possible, that each person gets the most they possibly can out of the course. We often include overnight stops at anchor or on a swinging mooring - as well as some nights berthed alongside.
Maintenance is an integral parts of seamanship, so don’t be surprised to find yourself being shown how to service a winch or whip a mooring warp - as well as helping to clean the boat at the end of your course.
Finally, be prepared for long, full days. With numbers limited to just three or four per course, you can be sure of first class instruction and plenty of hands-on practice aboard our robust, working boats.
Wet weather gear and sleeping bags - Good quality clothing is essential, and if you do not have your own, the school has foul weather jackets and trousers that you are welcome to borrow (free of charge) along with sleeping bags and liners. We also provide pillows and freshly laundered pillow cases. We highly recommend that you bring sailing wellies/boots with you.
Lifejackets - The boats are of course fully equipped with safety gear and lifejackets, but please bring your own if you prefer.
Food and drink - Food and drink for all meals on board is provided at no extra charge. The school employs the sensible policy of 'no alcohol' during the day. However once the boat is secure for the night we are quite happy for you to relax and enjoy yourselves. Feel free to bring along your own treats and tipple.
UKHO and SHOM
Our Cross Channel and 5-day Coastal Skipper courses often go even further afield.
"In a world of microchip must-haves, Southern Sailing stands out from the crowd by teaching real sea-going values in real sea-going boats. Rod and I were lucky enough to pick Southern Sailing more than 20 years ago when we each began our own RYA training and it has stood us in good stead ever since. If we could send all of our distance learning students to Southern for their practical training we would sleep easy in our bunks."
Sue Fletcher, Chichester Maritime – online RYA theory courses