Sailing First is a group of English-speaking instructors who have taught in Denmark and in other countries for more years than is healthy for their skin. We are the first RYA Recognised Training Centre, offering shore-based courses in Denmark. Our niche is English language training to secure sailing qualifications that are recognized around the world.

For a number of years we have taught sailing courses in Denmark, often to expats, who wanted qualifications that were recognised globally and which they could build on, when away from Denmark. We always seemed to be trying to match Danish and International requirements in some kind of ad-hoc way.

In 2019 we chose to pursue recognition from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). The RYA is a national body for recreational sailing and powerboating in the UK. They provide a Worldwide recognition and licensing structure for over 100 different courses, through more than 2,400 Recognised Training Centres around the world. They also provide extensive materials to support courses, both in print and digital formats.

As part of this process, we worked with Danish authorities to ensure that key certificates, namely the RYA Day Skipper Certificate would be recognised as equivalent to the Danish Certificate of Proficiency (Duelighedbevis) for recreational sailing.

We partner with sailing clubs in Denmark and RYA Training Centres in other places, so that participants in Sailing First courses can gain experience, build on qualifications and sail in a variety of locations, both in Denmark and abroad.

Many of our course participants sail actively with the Royal Danish Yacht Club (RDYC/KDY) at International Sailing at Skovshoved. Others have also gone on to take further RYA qualifications in Portugal and Ireland, enabling them to extend the sailing season.

Hector, Tim and Yulia

Your Sailing First Crew