Learn to Sail in the Solent

Prometheus Sailing School - RYA Courses

With Prometheus Sailing you can learn to sail in the Solent – the world’s most rigorous sail training ground!

Perhaps you’ve been sailing with friends and want to learn more? Perhaps you sailed with your family as a child and want to reconnect with the sea? Maybe you dream of selling up and sailing round the world?

Whatever your sailing dream, Sunsail UK and Prometheus will be with you all the way, and here at Port Solent is a wonderful place to start.

There are so many reasons to choose us:

Our Prometheus Sailing fleet:

Our Jeanneau Sunsail 41.0 fleet of yachts are the newest and most modern in the UK. With excellent headroom, comfortable double berths and plenty of space below and above deck, they are ideal for both novice and more experienced sailors.

Our Port Solent location:

Port Solent Marina has excellent facilities and, positioned well inside Portsmouth Harbour. It offers sheltered nights alongside and the opportunity to sail safely even in bigger winds.

The naval port is a great place for gaining confidence in a busy marine environment. Further up harbour, there are opportunities for sailing and night pilotage in the quiet of Fareham Lake. Once out into the Solent there are boundless possibilities – passages to Cowes, Southampton, Lymington and Yarmouth are always popular.  With Chichester Harbour to the east there’s no shortage of destinations.

Prometheus Sailing RYA Instructors:

For many years Sunsail has had a flourishing instructor development programme. We are rightly proud of the calibre and kindness of our staff. Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the sport is paramount when we choose our staff. With us you can go from first steps to qualified safe in the knowledge that a Prometheus Instructor will be alongside you, teaching and coaching you along your journey.


With our large fleet and wide pool of instructors we take great care to find the course and skipper that is right for you.

  • RYA sailing courses? Yes
  • Yachtmaster, mile building? Of course.
  • A fun family weekend? Absolutely.

Give us a call and we can tailor a course to suit you, and even include a RYA qualification when appropriate. You can book a whole boat for you and your friends or family.

Singles welcome!

If you want to come on your own then that’s fine too. Most people do and because we match you with people of a similar standard, you’ll have a great time meeting new people!

Joining Instructions

You can find additional helpful information in our Prometheus Sailing School Joining Instructions.

UK Sailing School Special Offers

All offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. Offer not combinable with any other offers. Must be applied at the time of booking and cannot be applied retrospectively.

RYA Start Yachting Course

The RYA Start Yachting course is ideal for beginners. This short introduction to sailing opens up new horizons for you

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Yacht Refresher Course

For people who returning to the water, want to build confidence or simply practice with our qualified RYA Instructors

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RYA Start Yachting Follow On course

Complete this follow on module after your Start Yachting and you'll gain the RYA Competent Crew skills & certificate

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RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling Course

NEW - Just £250 for summer 2024! Get to grips with the basics and learn how to handle a powerboat.

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RYA Competent Crew Course

The RYA Competent Crew course introduces newcomers to the joys sailing a yacht. Build up your sailing skills

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RYA Day Skipper Practical Course

The Sunsail RYA Day Skipper practical course will enable you to skipper a yacht confidently, by day in familiar waters

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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

The RYA Day Skipper theory course covers chart work, tidal systems, seamanship, meteorology and collision regulations.

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Youth Sailing Academy

Our Youth Sailing Academy sessions are a great mix of RYA sailing instruction and fun activities for teenagers during the holidays

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RYA Coastal Skipper Practical

Move up a gear and advance your sailing skills on from the RYA Day Skipper courses

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RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory course

The RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster theory course is a shore-based course for advanced sailors.

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Family sailing courses

Learn sailing together as a family on your own private charter and practice the things you want to learn

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5 day Mile Builders course

Mile Builder courses are offered year round and are ideal for building confidence as well as accumulating mileage.

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ICC Assessment Day

The International Certificate of Competence is internationally recognised for sailing or chartering abroad

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RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

The RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship is an online course, making it easy for you to fit around other commitments.

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RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep and Exam

The next step in gaining the skills to enjoy more challenging sailing, navigation and cruising further afield

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RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep and Exam

An advanced course for longer distance or more adventurous cruising and those planning to become professional sailors

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RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook

RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook provides detailed information about the structure and content of the practical and shorebased courses for both sail and motor cruising with the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme.

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Magenta Project Ladies Only Sailing Courses

In partnership with the Magenta Project, our ladies only RYA courses

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