Practical & Theory
Sailing School

Next Practical Course 14th Oct - 16th Oct (Day Skipper)

RYA Courses

Urban Truant is a leading RYA training centre based at Swanwick Marina on the busy River Hamble. If you’re thinking about getting away from your desk and doing something more exciting instead, then we have the course for you! On the water, online or ashore, we never compromise on quality and our friendly knowledgeable skippers and instructors are with you during every step of your learning experience.

RYA Training Centre Urban Truant offers a full range of RYA sailing courses, from Start Yachting to Yachtmaster™ and Cruising Instructor training. Our friendly and experienced skippers deliver quality training experiences on board yachts that are modern, comfortable and well-equipped.
RYA Training Centre Whether you’re crew or need confidence-building training as a skipper, Urban Truant has the RYA course for you from the Start Motor Cruising to Yachtmaster™. Own boat tuition is also a popular way to help owners enjoy going further afield in their boat.
RYA Training Centre Powerboating offers an exciting way to enjoy the water, but it’s vital that drivers are able to control their vessel at all times. Urban Truant offers a range of courses to help ensure all types of powerboating, including RIBs and day fishing boats remains safe and fun.
RYA Training Centre Classroom-based courses are held at our well-resourced training centre at Swanwick Marina. Or, many students enjoy completing online RYA theory courses at their own pace through our exclusive learning portal. Combined theory and practical discounts are also available!

Become an RYA Instructor

The first step in teaching within the practical cruising scheme is to become qualified as an RYA Cruising Instructor, before moving up to the Yachtmaster™ Instructor qualification. Both qualifications can be taken in sail and motor cruisers, and the certificate will be endorsed accordingly. This is a five day (sail) or four day (motor) course with a second trainer joining on the final day as course moderator.

Create a Personal Development Plan

Whether you’ve recently bought a new boat, or simply want to get more experience, a Personal Development Plan could be exactly what you need. Based on your requirements, our Chief Instructor will work with you to design a plan that focuses on the courses, miles or specific practice you need to consolidate your confidence and experience.

A Personal Development Plan is all about you. Topics we have tailored for previous students include: maintenance and safety precautions, short-handed power and sail tactics, the specifics of your own yacht, and assisted passages.

Seek a New Career with our MCA / RYA Yachtmaster™ Academy

Joining Urban Truant’s MCA / RYA Yachtmaster™ Academy could accelerate a career in the marine industry ... perhaps working on a superyacht or as an RYA Cruising Instructor. In a matter of weeks you will intensively learn, practice and truly understand every aspect of the syllabus, giving you the best possible preparation to gain your coveted Yachtmaster™ qualification.

Read on to find out more about our structured approach to learning,  designed to enable you to quickly become proficient at handling and skippering yachts, motor cruisers or both.

Come and Be An Urban Truant!

Your boating experience should be nothing less than an Urban Truant experience. We want everyone to to maximise their ‘truant’ time by getting out on the water in style and comfort, learn online using our dedicated portal, or at our modern training facilities. So come and have fun, create memories, and learn a new skill with Urban Truant!

3:1 Instructor Ratio

With your progression as our priority, we have chosen to impose a maximum of 3 students for every course held on board one of our boats. This best practice approach to our service gives you with more time with the instructor and more time practicing your skills. It also enables you and your instructor to focus on any weaknesses ... and you'll have a cabin to yourself!

Dedicated RYA Instructor Support

We pride ourselves on using the very best instructors available. They're a friendly and experienced team who understand the importance of taking the time to ensure you fully understand what you're learning. Our shorebased tutors include Yachtmaster Instructors, and Urban Truant's Power Chief Instructor is also a trainer and assessor for the RNLI.

Modern Training Facilities

Our training facilities in Swanwick Marina opened in 2015, providing the perfect environment to study and learn. The room is well-equipped with full audio/visual, a large whiteboard, and plenty of space to spread our your charts. We'll also look after you during your time with us, as refreshments are included with every course, and decent coffee on tap!

Online Courses

Our exclusive 'SailingCourseOnline' portal offers an advanced way to learn at your own pace wherever you are, and works seamlessly across desktops, laptops and mobile devices. The content was specifically written to be read on a screen, with bite-sized modules, clean graphics and animations. Our team of shorebased instructors are on hand whenver you need them, and as they're additionally RYA Yachtmaster Instructors, they provide fast and knowledgeable assistance whatever your query.

Ribeye 785 RIB

All our Powerboat training courses are delivered on our exceptionally maintained Ribeye 785 RIB (7.8m rigid inflatable boat) which operates well at speed and close quarters maneouvres.

The RIB boasts a throbbing 250hp Yamaha and in 2014 we upgraded to new Raymarine touch-screen chart plotter, enabling you to enjoy putting into practice the electronic navigation part of the powerboating syllabuses.

Top Quality Yachts

Urban Truant's 40 foot yachts are equipped and furnished with training in mind. Our yachts are well-maintained and no expense is spared for all of our gear and safety equipment. We also take your comfort seriously... You'll have space to savour downtime with your own cabin and 240v sockets when connected to shorepower. Marina fees are always included with an Urban Truant experience, and enjoy complimentary use of our Baltic lifejackets and Gill wet weather gear.

About Us

Urban Truant is one of the UK’s leading RYA sail and power training schools. We’re based at Swanwick Marina on the River Hamble, and with the entire Solent within easy reach, your RYA training course begins the minute you step on board one of our well-equipped modern boats or in our comfortable training room equipped with the latest IT and learning aids. This includes invigilated exams for the online Short-Range Certificate.

We also offer online navigation courses delivered on our exclusive learning platform. Learn at your own pace … at home, on your commute … and our team of experienced instructors is ready to answer your questions, so help is never far away.

From learning to sail a yacht to driving a motor cruiser ... from achieving your Day Skipper to gaining your radio qualification, and with a 7 day money back guarantee and 15% discounts on multiple courses, how do you want to be an Urban Truant? 

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