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Sailing Courses | Learn To Sail

Full list of sailing courses and places to learn to sail in the Philippines where you can enjoy not only the thrill of achievement but also experience some of the most spectacular places on Earth. Sailing courses for all ages are available in : Puerto Galera, Samal Island (Davao), Lake Taal, Iloilo, El Nido and Subic Bay.

Most sailing courses in the Philippines are very flexible in terms of timing. You can learn to sail over a number of weekends or take a five day course that covers all the basics in one go. If you live in the Philippines and are thinking you want to learn to sail then it is easy to sign up for a 1/2 day introduction to sailing course at most of the popular sail training locations.

If you are looking for internationally recognized certificate courses then you will be focused on the sailing school in El Nido, offering International Yacht Training (IYT) courses and certification. At this time, there are no Royal Yachting Association (RYA) certified training schools in the Philippines.

Listed here are yacht clubs and sailing centers that offer sailing courses for people who want to learn to sail in the Philippines:

El Nido, Palawan

Sailing Courses El Nido Palawan

Sailing courses at Palawan Sailing, a fully accredited International Sailing Schools Association (ISSA) sailing school in El Nido, Palawan. Palawan Sailing offers sailing courses from: Learn to Sail Through to fully certified Offshore Skipper. There are several boats at your disposal, from 28 feet Yamaha to a 45 foot aluminum/carbon Levrier des Mers. The main classroom is on the ocean but there is also an onshore classroom for studying navigation.

palawan sailing courses learn to sail
  • Sailing courses: Learn To Sail (2-3D), Competent crew (5D); International Flottila skipper Intermediate (6D); Bareboat skipper (7D); choose your own schedule
  • Boat types: ocean cruising monohulls (28-45 foot)
  • Extra facilities: full classroom


Puerto Galera, Mindoro

Sailing Courses Puerto Galera

Certificate sailing courses for people who want to learn to sail in the Most Beautiful Bay in the World in the Philippines. All equipment provided. Instruction in English and Filipino. The Puerto Galera Yacht Club sailing school has been in operation since 2004. Manu graduates have won medals in national and international sailing championships.

Optimist dinghy sailing Puerto Galera learn to sail
  • Sailing courses: 1/2 day Introduction or Sailing Courses - Basic, Intermediate & Advanced
  • Boat types: dinghy, beach catamaran, keelboat
  • Extra facilities: food & beverages at the clubhouse, accommodation


Samal Island, Davao

Sailing Courses Samal, Davao

Samal sailing courses are available at Babak on Samal Island, Davao del Norte, at Layag Bugsay Dabao. The sailing club in Samal has recently started operation (2023) operation and what it lacks in terms of facilities and facade it makes up for in terms of commitment and determination to teach people how to enjoy the sport of sailing. Once you learn to sail in Samal you can sail around the Davao Gulf, step ashore and enjoy native durian fruits along with farmed bananas, pineapples and pomelos.

Samal Island dinghy sailing courses Davao
  • Sailing courses: Basic, Intermediate; choose your own schedule
  • Boat types: dinghy
  • Extra facilities: limited facilities at the club but close to restaurants, accommodation and transportation


Subic Bay

Sailing Courses Subic Bay

Sailing courses for people who want to learn to sail in Subic Bay; certificates issued upon successful completion of a course. All equipment provided. Instruction in English and Filipino. The Subic Sailing School is a recent expansion of the Subic Sailing club, otherwise known as the Saturday Afternoon Gentlemen Sailors ("SAGS"), in conjunction with Local Government Units and the yachting industry.

sailing course Subic Bay
  • Sailing courses: five 1/2 day sailing sessions per course, can be taken separately or as a one-week course
  • Boat types: Streaker, Flying 15, keelboat
  • Extra facilities: food & beverages, and accommodation can be provided at the Lighthouse Marina Resort Hotel


Taal Lake, Batangas

Sailing Courses Taal Lake

Taal Lake sailing courses provide for people who want to learn to sail in clean water, close to Metro Manila; Taal Lake Yacht Club is about an hour by private car from Makati City. All equipment provided. Instruction in English and Filipino. The Taal Lake Yacht Club is the home of the Hobie 16 fleet in the Philippines and has been providing sailing lessons for more than a decade on the spectacularly beautiful Taal Volcano lake.

learn Hobie sailing
  • Sailing courses: Basic, Intermediate & Advanced; choose your own schedule
  • Boat types: dinghy, beach catamaran
  • Extra facilities: food & beverages at the clubhouse


If you are thinking it would be a good idea to fly to the Philippines to start a sailing course (actually, a very good idea) then you need to know that the main airline hubs are located in Metro Manila and the cities of Cebu and Davao. Subsidiary international airports are located in: Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, Kalibo and Laoag.

The three main domestic airlines are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia Philippines. In addition, some of the smaller airports are serviced by Sunlight Air, Air Swift, AirTrav and SkyJet Airlines.

After you have taken your sailing course you may want to buy a yacht? Check out our selection of yachts for sale in the Philippines.

if you have requirements that are not met here then drop us a line and we will make inquiries for you:
contact Philippine Yacht Charter.