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Learn to sail a yacht or powerboat at our Sailing Schools in Thailand

Schools in Pattaya & Phuket

Awesome training grounds

Our Sailing Schools in Thailand; Pattaya just 2 hours southeast of Bangkok & Phuket, with direct flights from just about anywhere, offer a great mix of tropical islands, busy shipping lanes, world-class marinas and lovely warm weather. Thailand is just a perfect place to learn to sail!

Experience Catamaran and Keelboat sailing

If you're planning to charter a yacht then chances are it'll be a Catamaran, so we think it's important to get you out sailing on one, to show you the subtle differences between Cats and Mono's, but at the same time, there's nothing like being rail-down in a fresh breeze on a Keelboat. We give you both....

Trusted track-record

Established in 2004, Island Spirit Thailand is Asia’s first accredited International Yacht Training® facility and remains the most experienced Sailing School in Thailand. Island Spirit has run courses every month for the past 13 years and have former students sailing, cruising and chartering yachts all over the world.
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Sailing School

Introduction to Sailing
Crew Course
Bareboat Skipper
Bareboat Skipper – Catamaran
Zero to Hero
Yachtmaster Coastal
Yachtmaster Offshore
Marina Berthing

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Powerboat School

Rib & small powerboat
Powerboat Skipper
Yachtmaster Coastal – Power
Yachtmaster Offshore – Power

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Safety at Sea

STCW 2010
First Aid
Ship Security

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Above and Beyond

VHF Operator
Marina Berthing
Mile Builders
Weather Master
Navigation Master

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International Yacht Training

International Yacht Training, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of yacht training services, offering IYT courses and certificates to students which are recognised by governments and charter companies around the globe.

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Great range of Sailing courses

Island Spirit offers sailing courses for those new to sailing or power boating through to certification required by those that would like to make yachting their career.

In addition to these certified courses we offer in-house courses designed to help you build the knowledge and experience that you need to be confident in your ability to be in charge of a yacht out on the ocean.

The Perfect Classroom


From our location in the Gulf of Thailand, 2 hours drive from Bangkok’s main airport, just south of Pattaya at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomthien, we gain access to the lower part of the Bangkok Bite.

This cruising ground offers everything a Sailing School in Thailand could possibly hope for; an international standard marina, Thailand’s largest international shipping port with Traffic Separation Lanes for ships, Thailand’s largest Naval base and a generous scattering of tropical islands.

Such diversity allows our sailing school students to get first-hand experience of some the more serious aspects of yacht navigation and combine it with a little bit of typical Thai tropical island beauty and hospitality.


From our location in Phuket we gain access to Galileo Maritime Academy, Asia’s premium Super-yacht & Merchant Marine training facility. Yacht Haven Marina, Asia’s largest Super-yacht marina, is our gateway to the Andaman Sea and the stunning islands of Phang Nga Bay.

The waters surrounding Phuket make for a perfect training ground, what it lacks in shipping traffic it makes up for with Super-yacht & tourism traffic. Learning to sail in Phuket remains challenging enough to deliver the learning experience required but it’s hard not think you’re on holidays, just because of the overwhelming beauty of the place.

Instructors with passion

A sailing school can have it all; perfect yachts, nice cruising grounds and a super-cool website, but when it comes down to it its all about the Instructors…. and we know that.

The Sailing school is just part of what Island Spirit Thailand does, we also operate a Charter Fleet and represent major brand yachts through our yacht brokerage along with a yacht delivery service throughout Asia, so there is always plenty to do and it is because of this that Island Spirit is able to attract and retain the most experienced of Instructors.

Our instructors are not just doing the same training courses week in week out, when they’re not teaching they’re on charter or delivering yachts which leaves their love and passion for being out on the ocean in tact and keen to pass on their knowledge and experience and of course the odd salty-sea-dog story or two.

Keel boats and Catamarans

Although the exhilaration that comes with rail-down sailing on a powered up keelboat will never be replaced, we are today, without doubt, in the age of the Catamaran.

Island Spirit Thailand offers its sailing school students the opportunity to experience both Keelboat sailing and Catamaran sailing throughout the course of the Zero to Hero program.

Longevity and experience

Island Spirit Thailand opened its sailing school in 2004 and have been running a sailing school every month since; with an alumni of over 2500 people we’re proud of our contribution to the sailing community.

With such a large Alumni of active sailors Island Spirit Thailand is able to offer many opportunities to students to get out on the water once they finish their training; from ocean crossings to fun weekend flotilla’s.

Internationally recognized certification

International Yacht Training Worldwide operates more yachting courses with more Government approvals through more sailing schools, in more countries and in more languages than any other boating or sailing organization in the world.

To date, IYT Worldwide is recognized by 25 different Governments worldwide for commercial use including the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Its fun and you’ll meet like-minded people

This is probably the best, yet least expected part of it all; for most of our sailing school students it’s been a long time since they’ve attended a school and they’re surprised at just how rewarding and how much fun learning something new is, of course being in the tropics and on a yacht helps.

The other surprising thing is how well a group of complete strangers gel and get on, clearly there is common ground in that all the students attending started out with the desire and drive to learn how to sail and they chose to do it in Thailand and thankfully they chose Island Spirit, so there’s a lot in common from the onset and many people find that they make lasting relationships and with our Alumni program to get people out sailing, we aim to foster that.

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