Courses

First Class Sailing runs the full range of RYA shorebased courses at CA House. Classes are run in the evenings or at weekends or a combination of both.  Very much geared towards cruising, their instructors are often boat owners themselves and selected for their vast experience and tremendous enthusiasm for sailing and imparting their knowledge. They have a base in Shamrock Quay in Southampton, from where they run RYA practical courses. You can see their RYA Course Progression Plan here to help select the right course for you.

First Class SailingReduced prices for CA Members on all shorebased courses at CA House are offered – up to 20%. Please enter the discount code below on the First Class Sailing website before going to the Checkout at the 'Redeem a discount code prompt'. Non-members joining the CA during a course (and paying by Direct Debit) will also receive the discount.


Forthcoming Theory Courses - all normally held in CA House

NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, all courses scheduled to be held at CA House are cancelled until further notice, however First Class Sailing are offering a number of courses via Zoom, detailed below, so you can still learn from the comfort and safety of your own home. Dates for courses at CA House from July onward still appear below, however they may or may not be able to take place.

First Class Sailing are now also offering both a Spanish Language for Sailors and a French for Sailors Language course, also being held via Zoom. See details beneath the RYA courses below.


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First Class Sailing
10% off to CA Members on our practical courses with the exception of any that run over a Bank Holiday.

https://www.firstclasssailing.com/Competent-Crew/
https://www.firstclasssailing.com/Day-Skipper-Practical/
https://www.firstclasssailing.com/Coastal-Skipper/
https://www.firstclasssailing.com/Yachtmaster-Coastal/
https://www.firstclasssailing.com/Yachtmaster/

We also run weekend trips across to France and back – great mile builders for people to get experience.
https://www.firstclasssailing.com/Weekend-Channel-Hops/

To claim the CA Member discount please use the appropriate code when booking online or call or email First Class Sailing on 0203 006 3717
info@firstclasssailing.com

 

RYA Theory Courses

Day Skipper Course

Details: The Day Skipper shorebased course is for those that have done little or no actual navigation, regardless of whether you have a lot of sailing experience or none.The course includes lots of navigation (including use of GPS and electronic charts), meteorology, collision regulations and safety procedures.

Details of this course can be found on the First Class Sailing website or on the link below to the course on the specified dates.

Next Course: Day Skipper Theory Course on Zoom: 3/8/10/15/17/22/24/29 June, 1/6/8/13/15/20 July 2020 (Monday and Wednesday evenings)

Cost: £350 - discounted price for CA members £297.

Future courses: TBC

CA members' discount code: CA4425 (course starting 3 June)


Yachtmaster Theory Course

Details: This is a course in more advanced navigation techniques. It is assumed you will have done the Day Skipper theory course. The course teaches you about navigating safely on coastal and offshore passages.

The course is run by First Class Sailing and full details can be found here.

Next Course: Yachtmaster Theory Course on Zoom: 4/6/9/11/13/16/18/20/23/25/27/30 May, 1,3 June 2020 (Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings)

Cost: £365, discounted price for CA members £307.

Future courses: TBA.

CA members' discount code: CAYMATHOME (course starting 4 May)


Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course

Details: The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course examines astro-navigation, the use of the sextant and worldwide meteorology. It assumes a knowledge of all the subjects covered in all the other shorebased courses.

The course is run by First Class Sailing and full details can be found here.

Next Course: Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course on Zoom: 12/14/16/19/21/23/26/28/30 May, 2/4/6/9 June 2020 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings)

Cost: £365, discounted price for CA members £327.

Future courses: Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course on Zoom: 25-30 May & 1-5 June 2020 (Monday to Friday on two consecutive weeks, mornings)

CA members' discount code: CAOYM1 (course starting 12 May), CAOYM2 (course starting 25 May)


 

One day Courses

RYA Sea First Aid at Sea

Details: In the unlikely event of a medical emergency at sea, prompt action and a little first aid knowledge can save lives. The one day RYA First Aid at Sea Course provides a working knowledge of First Aid for people using small craft, and support to skippers of yachts and small craft working within 60 nautical miles of a safe haven.

The course is run by First Class Sailing and full details can be found here.

Next course: 18 July.

Cost: £120 -15% discount for CA members.

Future courses: 5 December.

CA members' discount code: CA4308 (18 July), CA4318 (5 December) .


VHF Course

Details: A VHF radio is an essential piece of safety equipment and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The course will teach you these procedures. To get the VHF Radio Licence, (Short Range Certificate SRC) you must successfully complete a course and then take a separate classroom based assessment.

The course is run by First Class Sailing and full details can be found here.

Next Course: 18 July, 1000 - 1700, plus half day for the Assessment on the 19 July.

Cost: £120 - 15% discount for CA members. To attend an assessment costs £30. There is also a £60 licence fee payable to the RYA on the day.

Future courses: 1 August (assessment 2 August).

CA members' discount code: CA4309 (18 July), CA4311 (1 August).


Diesel Engine Maintenance Course

Details: Mechanical failure is the main cause of rescue call-outs to cruisers. Basic maintenance and engine care will help ensure that you are not part of this statistic.The RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance Course is essential for all users of today's boats. Students are assessed by short exercises during the course and practical work with two demonstration engines. Ideally suited to both sail and powerboat users - whether you sail a yacht with an auxiliary diesel engine or are a motor cruising enthusiast, this course could not just save you money, but one day could save your life.

The course is run by First Class Sailing and full details can be found here.

Next course: 11 July, 1000 - 1700

Cost: £125 - 15% discount for CA members.

Future courses: 12 September, 24 October, 5 December.

CA members' discount code: CA4263 (11 July), CA4342 (12 September), CA4326 (24 October), CA4317 (5 December).


RYA Sea Survival Course

Details: This is a one day course held in a classroom and a swimming pool. You will learn about and handle safety equipment. You will learn how to use it in an emergency. This has two elements. It starts at 9.30am with a classroom based course. There you will learn about crucial safety equipment, flares, life-rafts, distress beacons, lifejackets. You will learn the use of and operation of them and actually have the opportunity to examine the equipment at close quarters.

The second element is in a swimming pool. There, wearing clothes, you will put on our lifejackets and practice boarding a liferaft from the water. A lot of fun and quite revealing how difficult it would be in extremis.

The course is run by First Class Sailing and full details can be found here.

Next course: 25 July, 0930 - 1800

Cost: £147 - 15% discount for CA members

Future courses: 27 September, 6 December.

CA members' discount code: CA4265 (25 July), CA4341 (27 September), CA4320 (6 December).


RYA Offshore Safety Course (ISAF) Course

Details: The aim of the 1 day RYA ISAF Offshore Safety Course is to provide skippers and crews of yachts taking part in offshore races with the necessary skills and knowledge to deal with an emergency. The course will give you a good knowledge of the safety equipment carried on small boats and the seamanship techniques needed to survive at sea in heavy weather.

The course is run by First Class Sailing and full details can be found here.

Next course: RYA Offshore Safety Course (ISAF) on Zoom: 26 July, 1000 - 1700

Cost: £120 - 15% discount for CA members

Future courses: TBA.

CA members' discount code: CA4430 (26 July).


Spanish Language Class for Sailors

Details: Translate the local Spanish weather forecast, converse with an engineer about a leaky salt water pump. Arrive in port knowing how to talk to the marina staff who offer to take your lines or the chap at the fuel dock. Be confident in asking a passing fishing boat for some sardines. The teacher is a native and qualified Spanish teacher for adults (CLTA - Certificate in Language Teaching for Adults) and has been sailing since she was a child.

The course is run by First Class Sailing and full details can be found here.

Next course: 6/8/13/15/20/22 July 2020 (Monday and Wednesday evenings)

Cost: £275 - discounted price for CA members £245

Future courses: TBA.

CA members' discount code: CA4437.


French Language Class for Sailors

Details: Translate the local French weather forecast, converse with an engineer about a leaky salt water pump. Arrive in port knowing how to talk to the marina staff who offer to take your lines or the chap at the fuel dock. Be confident in asking a passing fishing boat for some sardines. The teacher has an extensive career teaching French, German and Spanish and has been sailing since she was a child.

The course is run by First Class Sailing and full details can be found here.

Next course: 7/9/14/16/21/23 July (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)

Cost: £275 - discounted price for CA members £245

Future courses: TBA.

CA members' discount code: CA4438.


Full details of the theory and the practical courses offered by First Class Sailing can be found on its website at: www.firstclasssailing.com You can also phone on 0203 006 3717 and email on: info@firstclasssailing.com