Courses

Sailing First is currently offering two RYA theory sailing courses (Covid rules allowing). You can start the booking process here: Sailing First – Course Registration

Both courses are intended for participants with sailing experience who want to improve their cruising skills from a theory perspective.

RYA Day Skipper

RYA Day Skipper Navigation & Theory course is designed for those new to skippering and those who already skipper but want a thorough grounding in theory and navigation for cruising.

The course is intended for participants with sailing experience and who want to improve their skippering skills from a theory perspective so as to be able to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters in daylight in preparation of taking the RYA Day Skipper practical course and exam.

The course covers the following topics: seamanship, coastal navigation and pilotage, chartwork, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, meteorology, tides, and collision regulations. The course meets RYA requirements for 40 hours teaching and 3.5 hours for the assessment. The course is delivered in English with a student-instructor ratio of 12:1.  Successful completion of the course requires a good level of attendance as well as time between training sessions for preparation, practice and revision. Whilst RYA has not set pre-requisites for undertaking this course, Sailing First expects participants to have done a minimum of 40 hours active sailing, such as having fully completed 2 seasons in the KDY Sailing School (or other, such as charter yachting, or private sailing).

For those with little recent active cruising experience, it is recommended to take the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship course prior to taking the RYA Day Skipper course.

This course is recognised by the Danish Maritime Authority as an equivalent to the Duelighedbevis theory exam.

More info at: RYA Day Skipper Navigation & Theory

Book your place here: Sailing First – Course Registration

Both courses are normally run in the evenings over the course of several weeks.

When we say: “Sailing actively”, this means that you have taken an active part in the sailing, either by crewing (such as trimming sails) or by steering. (Sitting on deck and looking around whilst others sail the boat is not considered active.!!)

Our next RYA Day Skipper Course starts in January 2021. 

 

The Essential Navigation and Seamanship Skills

The Essential Navigation and Seamanship Skills is a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness. It is a good basis for new or inexperienced skippers and crew who don’t yet feel they are ready for the Day Skipper course, or those who may have sailing experience but don’t have any cruising experience.

The course is just over 18 hours, which we normally organise as once per week on an evening over 2 months in the wintertime.

Course topics include charts, safety, engine checks, buoyage, tidal awareness, visual and electronic navigation, pilotage, rules of the road, anchoring, weather forecasts, Passage planning, protecting the marine environment.

Our next RYA Essential Navigation Course starts October 2020. 

You can read more about RYA courses on the RYA website – here.

Both courses include student packs from the RYA. As we are based in Denmark, we also explore Danish charts and protection of the marine environment. The courses require a good level of attendance as well as time between training sessions for preparation, practice and revision.