The Army Inshore Sail Training Centre

The Army Inshore Sail Training Centre is on Baker Barracks on Thorney Island in Chichester harbour.  This offers excellent sailing in the beautiful Chichester Harbour, or  kitesurfing at a premier site off Hayling Island.

The AISTC is an approved RYA Training Centre affiliated to the ASA and those taking courses with us must be serving military (Regular  and Reserve) ASA members due to the AISTC being in receipt of publicly funded support.  Those holding other categories of ASA membership such as retired service personnel and families are able to take courses with the ASA affiliated Thorney Island Sailing Club situated right next door to the AISTC and once qualified, can use the ASA’s equipment at AISTC for recreational activity at weekends.  The Centre also is also affiliated the the British Kitesports Association (BKSA) and the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA)

The AISTC delivers practical courses in dinghy sailing (including keelboat and multi-hull), windsurfing, powerboating and kitesurfing from basic courses to instructor level. On light wind days we run Stand Up Paddleboard courses at no extra cost.  Practical and shore-based courses go through to the Autumn.  RYA Interactive Online courses are also available year round.

Expert training and high quality equipment is provided along with publications as part of course fees.

We have four keelboats that are available for charter that are excellent mile builders for those day skippers that aspire to Yachtmaster.

The Centre is also open for recreational sailing on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and at weekends during the season.

We also have accommodation that can be booked for individuals or family groups. Whether you are visiting family on Thorney Island or have come for weekend of sailing we have accommodation that will suit your needs.

Please contact the Centre manager for details at or ring 01243 388315

Please use the buttons below to see the courses available and book a place by either using the online e-form which will automatically go to the AISTC on completion or alternatively download a word form and email it to the AISTC:

AISTC Courses
AISTC Course Application Form (E Form)
RYA Interactive Course List
RYA Interactive Course Booking (E Form)
Accommodation (not on a course)
Charter a Keelboat