Yacht Sailing Courses

With expert skippers and a wide range of courses you’ll find First Class Sailing have everything you need to become the complete sailor.

We’ve laid the course out below based on your experience. We’re always here to help so if you do have a question please give the office a call on 0203 006 3717

This page is divided into three sections

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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As a beginner you have one choice to make. Which course do you do first - an on the water Competent Crew course or a classroom based Day Skipper Shorebasedcourse. These are the two novice or beginner RYA sailing courses.

As to what you do first depends to a certain extent on what time of year it is and also what your ambitions are. If you aspire to chartering a yacht in the Med or getting your own boat one day you should definitely be doing the Day Skipper Shorebased course in which case if it’s winter time you would probably want to do a classroom based Day Skipper Shorebased course as your first step. At any other time of the year a 5 day Competent Crew course would be the one to go for first. That said it may also depend on what fits best in your diary regardless of the time of year.

If you are keen to just find out what sailing is like and get on a boat then the Competent Crew course is your starting place.

RYA Competent Crew Practical Course

Perfect for beginners and for those that have done a little sailing before. It will transform you into a useful crew member.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and rules of the road.

The section is aimed at people who

  • Have done a Competent Crew Course OR
  • Have done lots of sailing (maybe even crossed the Atlantic!) but haven’t been that involved in the navigation OR
  • Have done the Day Skipper theory course and or the Day Skipper Practical Course

There are 4 intermediate courses. Depending on what you have done before they may not all be applicable to you.

RYA Day Skipper Practical Course

For aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course

Advanced skippering techniques for those wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and rules of the road.

RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course

Advanced Chartwork lessons for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper theory Course.

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