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.


2017 Theory Courses - all held in CA House

  For anyone nurturing the dream of an ocean voyage there is no better place to take that first step from dream to reality than the Cruising Association.
Jimmy Cornell, Three times circumnavigator, best-selling author, founder of the ARC

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

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

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

To claim the CA Member discount please 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.
The course is run by First Class Sailing and full details can be found here.
Next Course: TBA
Cost: £345 - 20% discount for CA members.

CA members discount code: TBA


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: TBA
Cost: £365 - 20% discount for CA members.

CA members discount code: TBA


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: 27 February (2018), 6/13/20/27 March, 10/17/24 April and the weekend 28/29 April, 6.30 - 9.30 evenings (instructor available from 6pm), 10am - 5pm weekends
Cost: £370 - 20% discount for CA members.

CA members discount code: CA4624

 

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: TBA.
Cost: £110 -15% discount for CA members.

CA members discount code: TBA


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: 18th November 1000 - 1700, plus half day for the Assessment on the 19th November.
Cost: £115 - 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: TBA.

CA members discount code: CA4520 (18th Nov).


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: 7th Oct, 1000 - 1700
Cost: £110 - 15% discount for CA members.

Future courses: 11th Nov.

CA members discount code: CA4513 (7th Oct), CA4519 (11th Nov).


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: 14th October, 0930 - 1800
Cost: £140 - £20 discount for CA members

Future courses: 11th November.

CA members discount code: CA4516 (14th October), CA4522 (11th November).


RYA Offshore Safety Course (ISAF)
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: 15th October, 1000 - 1700
Cost: £110 - 16% discount for CA members

Future courses: TBA.

CA members discount code: CA4517 (15th October).


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