What is Day Skipper Theory?
First Class Sailing (FCS)
by First Class Sailing
18h ago
    The RYA Day Skipper Theory course is your comprehensive guide to mastering chartwork, navigation, weather forecasting, and the basics of seamanship. It’s a must-do for anyone starting out who wants to make smart decisions on-board. Plus, it’s an important step if you’re thinking about taking the Day Skipper practical course. We offer the course in our Southampton and London locations, and availability and pricing can be seen on this link if you wish to book. Once completed you will have the background knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day. Course overview S ..read more
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Do You Need a License to Drive a Boat?
First Class Sailing (FCS)
by First Class Sailing
3w ago
    One of the most common questions we’re asked by people interested in our beginner sailing lessons, is whether they will need a license to drive a boat. Contrary to what you might have read elsewhere online and as strange as it might sound to beginner sailors, there is no legal obligation for you to have a qualification or license to drive a boat.   There is an exception to this, and that’s when you’re chartering a boat. If this is the case, the charter company will likely want to see a sailing qualification such as RYA Day Skipper.     So, the reality is, anyone i ..read more
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How to Prepare for Day Skipper
First Class Sailing (FCS)
by First Class Sailing
3w ago
    Many students ask us how to best prepare themselves for the RYA Day Skipper practical and theory courses. To take the Day Skipper practical course you first of all have to do the Day Skipper shorebased theory course or at least have knowledge to the same level as if you had done the theory course. You also need to have done the Competent Crew course or have knowledge to the same level. There is a neat picture here of how the courses all fit together.   So, with that in mind, this guide will explain how to prepare for Day Skipper Practical which takes place on the water, once ..read more
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How Long is the Competent Crew Course?
First Class Sailing (FCS)
by First Class Sailing
3w ago
    The RYA Competent Crew course is 5 days long, which can be taken either over consecutive days in one go, or it can be split over 2 weekends consisting, one of which will include a Friday.   The Competent Crew course starts from our Southampton HQ and takes place in the Solent. The course is all about learning to sail and over the 5 days, you will learn all you need to know to become a useful crew member, including how to raise and lower the sails, how to set them correctly to the wind, how to tie a number of useful knots and what to do if someone falls overboard. It’s great ..read more
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Is the Mediterranean Tidal?
First Class Sailing (FCS)
by First Class Sailing
1M ago
    Prerequisites for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore exams include an amount of tidal miles. At least 400 for the YMC and 1250nm for the Offshore.   If all your sailing has been in UK waters then you can consider all of your miles as tidal. But what about if sailing in the Med makes up a good amount of your mileage?   For the purposes of your YMC and YMO exam prerequisites, the Mediterranean is considered non-tidal as in many areas the tidal range will not exceed one foot or 0.3 metres. So they do not count as tidal miles.   However, that doesn’t mean that by ..read more
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Can You Do a VHF Radio Course Online?
First Class Sailing (FCS)
by First Class Sailing
1M ago
    The RYA VHF Radio Course teaches you how to operate a VHF Radio competently and safely when aboard a vessel. The VHF radio courses are held our Southampton and London locations. If these locations and dates are not convenient for you, then it is possible to take the course remotely.   So, yes, the short answer is that you can do the RYA VHF Radio Course online with First Class Sailing. To get started and see prices and how it works, click here.   Before you sign-up, please be aware that if you do decide to take the RYA VHF Radio Course online, you still need to complete ..read more
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How Much is a VHF Radio Course?
First Class Sailing (FCS)
by First Class Sailing
1M ago
    If you are using a marine VHF radio out on the water, it is a legal requirement that not only does the vessel hold a license for a VHF radio, but also someone onboard has an VHF operator’s license (also known as a SRC (Short Range Certificate).   To get a VHF Radio licence you need to you need to do the official the official RYA course plus the final assessment, both of which we offer.   VHF Radio Course Prices   We have 3 different options.   1. You can take the course and assessment all in one day   The VHF radio course costs £149 plus the £70 license f ..read more
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How to Get Sailing Experience When You Don’t Own a Boat
First Class Sailing (FCS)
by First Class Sailing
2M ago
    There are many ways in which you can get sailing experience, one of which will be to sign up to a sailing course. But courses and lessons aren’t the only way in which you can get sailing experience if you don’t have your own boat. They are other things you can do so here’s just a handful of those ideas to help inspire you.   8 ways to get sailing experience   1. Join a sailing club   Become a member of a local sailing club and you can quickly gain practical sailing experience. Ideally, they should have access to a range of different boats, training, and education i ..read more
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What you Need to Know About Yacht Racing
First Class Sailing (FCS)
by First Class Sailing
2M ago
We talk to Cameron Davies about all things yacht racing. Cameron runs a fantastic yacht called Expresso Martini, on behalf of First Class Sailing. He and his first mate will take you out on the water, to get a real taste of life at the cutting edge of the racing world, in a safe and fully supported environment. Giving you an experience and adrenaline rush like no other, combined with the satisfaction of working in a team that’s being tested to its limits. Tell us a little about yourself I’m a Yachtmaster Offshore commercially endorsed skipper. That’s what I do for First Class Sailing – race a ..read more
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Benefits of Adventure Sailing Trips: Why It’s Good for You
First Class Sailing (FCS)
by First Class Sailing
3M ago
Discover the benefits of adventure sailing trips and why it’s good for you. Adventure sailing trips offer more than just a holiday — they provide a unique opportunity for personal growth and exploration. In this blog, we’ll explore the transformative power of sailing trips and why they’re worth considering for your next adventure.   Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone For many, the idea of sailing into unknown waters can be intimidating particularly if you’ve never sailed before. However, stepping outside your comfort zone is essential for personal development. Adventure sailing trips chal ..read more
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