Port Solent Sailing School

UK Sailing Courses – Portsmouth Delivered by our partner, Prometheus Sailing Limited

Learn to sail in the heartland of British sailing

Portsmouth is the largest of our sailing schools, and offers the widest range of courses. Earn your stripes in the Solent’s historic sailing ground, advancing from beginners’ sailing courses to RYA Yachtmaster qualifications. Take advantage of practical and shore-based courses, as well as a host of online options.

Learn to sail in one of the world’s most famous sailing areas, experiencing a wide range of conditions out on the Solent. This is a tidal location with a tidal range of up to 4 metres, enough to put all sailors to the test.

Please Note: If you are interested in our Sail-By-The-Cabin charter options please speak to one of the Prometheus team who will let you know availability.


Fleet in Portsmouth

Portsmouth: Sunsail 41.0

Fleet in Portsmouth: Sunsail 41.0

Pricing and Availability

For more information on UK sailing courses please contact or visit Prometheus Sailing

Standard course prices

LevelCoursePrice(1 December – 31 March)Price(1 April – 30 November)
Beginner2 day RYA Start Yachting course£299£310
3 day Start Yachting Follow On course£380£410
5 day RYA Competent Crew course£659£699
2 + 3 day RYA Competent Crew course£679£720
Some experience2 Day Yacht Refresher course£299£310
Intermediate5 day RYA Day Skipper practical course£659£699
2 + 3 day RYA Day Skipper practical course£679£720
RYA Day Skipper Online theory & 5 Day Practical combined package£910£949
RYA Day Skipper Online theory & 2 + 3 split weekend combined package£939£975
ICC Assessment£199£199
Advanced5 day RYA Coastal Skipper practical course£659£699
7 day RYA Yachtmaster Coastal prep£789£810
7 day RYA Yachtmaster Offshore prep£789£810

Course typeCoursePrice(1 December – 31 March)Price(1 April – 30 November)
Specialty coursesSunsail Magenta Women Only course£659£699
Youth Sailing Academy£799
Family courses**
MileBuilders course£659£699
Online coursesRYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship (ENAS)£75£75
RYA Day Skipper Online Theory£295£295
RYA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Online Theory£295£295

Prices above are per person based on a single berth upon a shared yacht and may include sharing a cabin or sleeping in a converted berth in the saloon. For single occupancy prices and availability please talk to the Prometheus sailing school team.

We have sailing courses running year-round here in Portsmouth. Please call the number above or email the sales team on learn@prometheus-sailing.co.uk for available course dates.

* Call for pricing

** plus exam fee payable to RYA

Any special offer discounts will be applied at time of booking when paying the deposit and cannot be added retrospectively. Special offes are only available on listed dates and are subject to availabilty. Special offers are subject to change and can be withdrawn at any time.

(The above price list is correct at time of publishing and subject to change without prior notice)

Sunsail Magenta Courses

Sunsail Magenta logo

Sunsail has joined forces with The Magenta Project – a collective of passionate sailors committed to creating equal access and opportunities for women – to launch an innovative sailing initiative (Sunsail Magenta) designed to encourage more women to take up sailing, compete in yacht racing and consider careers in the marine industry, within the UK. Sunsail Magenta provides RYA sailing courses, race training courses and mentoring programmes to women of all ages.

For more information about Sunsail Magenta Courses or to book your place, please call 02394 350 505 or click the button below. 

Practical Information

You can find additional helpful information and our updated Covid-19 policy in our Prometheus Sailing School Joining Instructions.

What to bring 

Practical courses

Shore-based courses

It isn’t all work and no play, so you’ll have the chance to enjoy coffee breaks throughout the day. There are various places to buy lunch as well as a supermarket close by, or you can bring a packed lunch instead. Please note that the classroom may not be based at the Sunsail office in Port Solent and may be hosted at an alternative classroom a short walk/drive away. 

RYA Practical Day Skipper and RYA Coastal – Skipper Certificates 

To get your certificate you will need to bring a passport size photo and a photo ID, such as a passport or driving licence. Please note: you cannot be issued with your certificate without both of these items.

ICC Certificate

To get your certificate paperwork you will need to bring photo ID, such as a passport or driving licence. Please note: you cannot be issued with your certificate paperwork without the instructor seeing your ID.


Practical courses
Shore-based courses

Catering arrangements

Practical courses
Shore-based courses

Logbook for RYA courses

You will need RYA logbook G158 for your course. If you have not already ordered a logbook you can purchase one from our office. If you have ordered a logbook when you made your booking it will be on board for you to collect on arrival for your course. Logbooks cost £10. 

Recommended reading for RYA courses

RYA practical and/or theory course books. These can be purchased in advance directly from the sales team at the Sunsail Port Solent office or at reception on arrival. If you have ordered a course book when you made your booking it will be on board for you to collect on arrival for your course

Course start times

Please refer to your booking confirmation for your start day and times as these differ in different courses.

Practical courses start at 9 am or 7 pm depending on the course booked and usually finish around 4pm. Theory courses run from 9 am-5 pm. Please ensure that you arrive between 10 and 15 minutes early for your course, this will allow enough time for our reception team to check you in and assist with any purchases or waterproof hire. 

Teenage practical courses start at 6 pm and usually finish at 4 pm.

Marina fees 

Mooring/Marina fees are not included in the UK Course price. Costs incurred for berthing will be split between the crew. On average this will be around £10/15pp per night. As guide 5 day courses will incur 4 days mooring/marina fees and 2 day courses will incur 1 day mooring/marina fees.

Children on courses

          Competent Crew Certification Course – Minimum age 12+

          ICC and Day Skipper Certification Course – Minimum age is 16+

Respecting destinations

Prometheus remains committed to protecting the environment and supporting local cultures in our sailing areas. Over many years our clients have helped us to ensure that our presence does not negatively impact these areas. Please continue to help us leave these areas as good as or better than we found them.


We have photographers on-site at our bases throughout the season, and you’ll be informed if one is present upon arrival at your base. If you have strong objections to close-up photography of yourself and your party, please indicate your feelings to the photographer at the time.

Prometheus schools office opening hours

The Prometheus sales office is open Monday to Friday and 9 am to 5:30 pm. 

Port Solent base opening hours: Monday – Thursday from 9 am – 5 pm (or 8 pm when we have yacht departures or sailing courses)

Friday from 9 am-8 pm, Saturday from 8 am – 10 am

Sunday from 3 pm-8 pm when we have yacht departures or sailing courses

Contact numbers

Contact learn@prometheus-sailing.co.uk or call 02394 350 505 to make a booking
(Monday to Friday 9.00 – 17:30)

Reception and for delayed arrivals 02394 350 505 (Within base opening hours)

Emergency Prometheus Sailing LTD operations 02394 350 505 (Outside base opening hours only)

Base address

Prometheus Sailing LTD (previously Sunsail)

The Marina Lock Approach

Port Solent




How to find us

By Train 

The nearest mainline stations are Havant or Fratton station with regular connections to Chichester, Brighton, London, and Southampton. The nearest local stations to Port Solent are Portchester and Cosham. For 24 hour information on local and national train times and fares telephone: National Rail Enquiries: 03457 48 49 50.

There is a taxi rank at Havant, Fratton and Cosham train stations. The local taxi number is 02392 654 321. Uber also operates in the Portsmouth area.

On arrival at Port Solent 

Follow the main road going straight across the first roundabout. At the next roundabout, bear right (the only way). At the third roundabout, near the Odeon cinema take the second exit. Then drive over two speed bumps and take the next right, sign posted Sunsail. The car park is on the left of the gravel area. Parking at Port Solent is free. Once parked, make your way down the path to the left hand side of the marina, with the water on your right. Continue until you reach a smaller car park, and can see the marina reception. The Sunsail reception is at the front of the same building.

Course joining instructions are correct at time of publication but are subject to change without prior notice.

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Please note the below UK sailing courses are delivered by our partner, Prometheus Sailing Limited (Prometheus Sunsail, The Marina Lock Approach, Port Solent, Portsmouth, England, PO6 4TJ)

To make a booking for these products please contact Prometheus on 02394 350 505. The terms and conditions that apply to such bookings can be found at: Prometheus Sailing Schools

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