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Bookings for our RYA courses in 2020 are now open!

We offer the complete range of RYA recognized courses both for sailing and powerboating in Portugal. Lisbon, besides being a great city to visit, is also a great location for training. With strong tides, traffic, challenging pilotage scenarios, river and offshore sailing you will find it all here.

You will also find cheap flights from the major locations around the world and easy acess from the airport to the marina.

Our sailing courses run in top quality sailing boats, a Dufour 382  from 2018 and a Bavaria 32 cruiser from 2010. Our poweboat courses run in a Ribcraft 6,4 pro with a 175hp Suzuki. You will find a dedicated team of 4 resident RYA certified instructors ready to help and share their knowledge.

We also offer the required theory courses, both in class and online. This includes RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship, RYA Day Skipper Shorebased and RYA CS/Yachtmaster Shorebased as well as the shorbased specialist courses (RYA VHF SRC, RYA First Aid and RYA Radar).

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We want you to be satisfied, but we prefer you to be absolutely enchanted with your expereince.

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Why West Coast...

The best boats, the best instructors the best location. A Team in constant professional developmen working with the most demanding safety and quality standards.

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Strong practical component both on board and in class  with the use of simulators. We offer shorebased training in class or Distance Learning in our boats or in your own boat.

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Many of our students are professionals who seek a valuable and internationally recognized RYA certification.

We are proud to have been the training centre chosen by the 3 portuguese Volvo Ocean Race entrants for training and certification

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elearning2Most of our courses enjoy additional learning resources through our e-learning platform.

This is a great way to learn and keep on learning from the confort of your home and using our apps.

Plus most of the RYA shorebased theory courses can be followed through distance learning ("RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship", "RYA Day Skipper Shorebased" , "RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased", "RYA VHF-SRC" e "RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities"). Come and try it !

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With the RYA training scheeme you can follow a shorebased course via "distance learning".

These courses are an important step  in preparation for the practical courses afloat and include  "RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship", "RYA Day Skipper Shorebased", "RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased", "RYA VHF-SRC" e "RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilites".

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RYA Competent Crew / Day Skipper   (CCDS#9FDS)



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Saturday 21 October 2023
(26 Days 12 hours 52 minutes to go)

Marina de Oeiras

5 dias em 2 fins de semana, um deles prolongado (sáb+dom e sex+sáb+dom)

O Competent Crew é um curso para iniciados que procuram tornar-se tripulantes ativos em vez de simples passageiros a bordo. Quer seja iniciado ou tenha ainda pouca experiência e procura uma certificação inicial, esta é provavelmente a opção ideal para entrar no esquema de treino da RYA.

No final do curso deve ser capaz de ir ao leme, manobrar as velas, saber remar um anexo e participar em todas as tarefas do dia a dia a bordo. A experiência inclui ainda viver e dormir a bordo durante 5 dias o que implica perceber tudo o que precisa de ser feito a bordo para manter um veleiro a funcionar.

O nível de Day Skipper tem também a duração de 5 dias a bordo (residencial). Este é um curso para aspirantes a skipper que possuem já alguma experiência de navegação à vela e dominam os conceitos teóricos básicos de navegação (é fundamental possuir os conhecimentos teóricos de suporte e aconselhado ter feito RYA Day Skipper Shorebased). O treino centra-se em desenvolver as capacidades para tomar decisões certas para chegar de forma segura ao seu destino.

Este curso funciona em regime de "Split Weekend": um fim de semana de 2 dias e um fim de semana prolongado de 3 dias (sexta+sábado+domingo).

Coastal Cruising

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Get to know our coastal cruising options in a fantastic blue water cruiser RM1350.

Between April and October, we organise multiple coastal passages bewteen Lisboa and the Algarve. This is also a great opportunity to gain some experience and add some nautical miles to your log.

Mileage Building

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Between April and October we frequently organize coastal passages between the Algarve and Lisbon, both sail and power. This is also an excellent opportunity to gain experience and add some nautical miles to your cv.

Contact us for more information and to receive updates on our upcoming offshore passages.

Flexible Sailing

Aulas de Vela AvulsoAfter you complete your sailing course you can keep on sailing with our flexible outings. No need to buy an expensive boat !

It's as simples as buying an acess pass to your gym.  You get a pack of 8 outings, call or email everytime you want to be out and in not time you are sailing !

Meet our Flexible Outings and keep on Sailing.


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