Nautical Training

Nautical Training

Learn to sail with the Southwest Training Center. If living aboard a boat, sailing along the coast a little further away is something that appeals to you, why not join one of our sailing courses? Sailing vessels have cabins and kitchen facilities, offering a certain degree of comfort on board, so how far your adventure goes is up to you. Whether you are a beginner wanting to be part of the crew, or a more experienced skipper wanting to improve your skills, there is always a course for you.

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Training Centre

The Southwest Training Center (SWTC) runs RYA sailing and motorboat courses throughout the year in one of the best sailing areas in the world. Constant winds, modern marinas and a coastline of great contrasts make the Algarve an ideal destination for all kinds of nautical activities. We offer a wide range of practical and theoretical courses for people who want to learn about good practice in boating. The director of our school, Ron Lovelady, is a highly qualified instructor with extensive experience in nautical, so our students can count on the welcome of a professional and friendly team.

Navigation Area

Southwest charters operate from the Lagos Marina, which is the only Portuguese marina with the “Euromarina Anchor Award” and also carries the European Blue Flag.
The city of Lagos has a beautiful bay, surrounded by 6km of fine sandy beaches. The bay itself is surrounded by small coves and wonderful beaches, perfect for anchoring, diving, fishing and snorkelling. For centuries, the winds took sailors from all walks of life to choose the south of Portugal. Lagos is an old, charming town, rich in history with a vibrant fish market, traditional tiled buildings and numerous cafes and restaurants, it is a truly Portuguese city.
The city is located in the tourist region of the Algarve with about 200 kilometres of coastline and getting to know the region from the sea is something completely different. Contemplating golden cliffs where erosion has carved out caves and exuberant shapes is indescribable, you have to see it to believe it.
With sea and winds, excellent conditions for sailing are found here, which attract sailing lovers from different parts of the world. As a setting or a stopover point, the Algarve is a reference and constant presence in the calendars of the most prestigious international events in the sport. Events like GC 32 are proof of that.
But for us, sailing is within everyone’s reach, embark on this world of the sea and learn with us.

The Quality

The Southwest Training Center offers sailing and motorboat courses throughout the year, with a wide range of RYA practical and theoretical certified courses.

We can also offer non-certified courses for people who would like to learn more about boating but do not intend to take on a full course.

“We are waiting for you on board for a perfect training!”

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I enjoyed myself so much I stayed another week, and then brought my own boat down.


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