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RYA Courses in London and the Solent

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Covid 19 Update (26th November 2020)


Following the announcement today we find the majority of the country in Tier 2 at best with the overriding principle that "you must not socilaise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting ......" With the best will in the world running residential sailing courses cannot possibly abide by this restriction and it is therefore with a very heavy heart we have decided to run no further practical courses in 2020.

We would like to thank all of our customers for their support during these unprecedented times, we have spent the last 12 years building Nomad Sailing into the business it is today with one of the best reputations in the Solent. It is due to your continued support that we are able to survive so we (Lou & Jim) cannot thank you enough. 

Our course dates for the first half of next year are on the website. Book before the end of 2020 and get 10% off your course. All courses will be running low ratios for the foreseeable future. Should the Covid 19 restrictions change and enable us to once again have 5 students the prices will be reduced to reflect this. If you are able to book with someone else and share a cabin this will reduce the cost. Please contact us should you wish to book as a pair wanting to complete a different course on the same dates. Price increases why ?

We continue to offer and support numerous online courses Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory as well as many others.

Nomad Sailing is an RYA Recognised Training Centre offering practical sail training, sailing adventures and shorebased theory courses covering sail and motor.

RYA Practical Sailing Courses are available in the busy tidal waters of the Solent and will give you the hands on experience you need to sail in tidal waters. They cover the entire experience range from those new to sailing and wanting to give it try, through to experienced sailors looking for their Yachtmaster ticket. Our courses include Start Yachting, Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Preparation.

RYA Shorebased Theory Courses are available in various locations in London and now at our new shorebased training venue at Endeavour Quay (Gosport Marina). We offer evening classes in London and intensive courses at Gosport. These RYA theory courses include the Day Skipper Theory, Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory and the VHF SRC Radio course. From 2020 we will also be offering RYA First Aid and RYA Diesel Engine at our Gosport Centre. Should you wish to enquire about shorebased training delivery at your own venue please contact us.

See TripAdvisor for what people have been saying.

Yacht Charter and Corporate Charter .  Nomad Sailing also manage Solent Yacht Charter, a long established charter company in Haslar marina. We can provide you with a full range of options for sail and motor boat charter, both bareboat and skippered along with some interesting corporate charter options

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Our guarantee is that we won't give up on you: in the unlikely event that you fail or can't complete one of our RYA courses, you can resit or rejoin another at NO EXTRA COST (*see Terms & Conditions).


Good pace to the course. We did a good mix of everything required - rote learning/practising of the day shapes and lights (with tricks to remember them), theory behind the weather, col regs and why they are how they are, etc. Jim has good tips on how to remember things so that it all sticks, and good teaching techniques to lead us through the different aspects of the course. The notes were also very comprehensive but concise.
A great sailing weekend with Nomad with bespoke training tailored around our specific requests. Very approachable, great fun, and super-flexible to adapt around what we wanted and the prevailing weather conditions. I've also done various RYA courses with Nomad which have all been great - THE place to go for Day Skipper, Comp Crew, Yachtmaster training whether on the water or in the classroom
Great skipper, great crew.
The safety briefing was particularly good. Crew welfare and importance of rest and food good. Monitoring of conditions and preparation, all sensible and impressive. I learnt a lot.
This season will be our first offering RYA practical motor course in conjunction with our sister company, Haslar Sea School.  Their chief instructor brings a wealth of experience and expertise with him. Join us for a motor course and be first to leave a review
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