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Training & Sailing Courses

.Perhaps you want to do your Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore; or you want to get your Coastal Skipper ticket so that you can charter; maybe you want to get your crew trained up to Competent Crew or even Day Skipper so they will be of some use to you; maybe you need to do the 1 day VHF SRC course and take an assessment. We can help.

Firstaway Yacht Charters is a sub division of First Class Sailing and First Class Sailing is a RYA Recognised Training Centre so we are well positioned to help you with any RYA Courses that you may wish to do along with weekends on Boat Handling or Mile Building!

You can view RYA Course options here .

Or call First Class Sailing on 0203 006 3717 . Or email

What follows is a short explanation as to what each course involves and the standard you can expect to become having done a course.

Competent Crew

This is a 5 day course. It can be taken over 5 consecutive days or over 2 weekends (a short and a long). At the end of the course you will have been transformed into a useful crew member.

Day Skipper Shorebased Course

This is a classroom based course in navigation, meteorology, rules of the road an safety. It gives you all the theory you need to skipper a yacht.

Day Skipper Practical Course

Like the Competent Crew course this is a 5 day course and can be taken over 5 consecutive days or over 2 weekends (a short and a long). The course is about learning to be a skipper. You will put into practice what you learnt on the Day Skipper Shorebased course and the Competent Crew course and at the end you should be able to skipper a yacht in familiar waters in daylight hours.

Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased Course

This is an advanced navigation course and goes into the subjects covered in the Day Skipper Shorebased course but in a lot more detail.

Coastal Skipper

This is another 5 day practical course. It can only be taken over 5 consecutive days. The main focus of the Coastal Skipper course is on passage planning and so you will likely go further afield than you would on other practical course.

Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore Prep

This is a 5 day affair and is about preparing you for the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore RYA/MCA Certificate of Competence Exam.

VHF Radio Course and Assessment

It is a legal requirement that someone on board has a VHF Radio License. This is a 1 day course and teaches you how to use a VHF Radio. Having done the course you must then take an assessment. We run these courses in London.

Diesel Engine Maintenance Course

This is also a 1 day course. It covers how an engine works along with basic fault finding and maintenance skills. A very useful course. If you are a boat owner you will at some point have to do some maintenance to your engine. We run these courses in London.

Sea Survival Course

Another 1 day course. Statistics show that you are more likely to survive if you have done this course. You will learn about different bits of safety equipment and how to use them. The course includes a session in a pool. These courses are held in London.

ISAF Offshore Safety Course

This 1 day course covers emergencies and safety equipment and must be taken in conjunction with the Sea Survival Course. It is the training required to take part in races like the Rolex Fastnet Race.

ISAF Offshore Safety Course


Radar is a great aid to navigation and collision avoidance tool but only if you know how to use it. These courses are usually held on a yacht alongside in Shamrock Quay.


First Aid

Another very useful 1 day course, also held in London. Some First Aid knowledge may one day be very useful.

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