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First Class Sailing

William Street | William Street, Southampton SO14 5QL, England
+44 20 3006 3717
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RYA & ISAF Sea Survival and Diesel Engine

In the winter months when it's too cold to sensibly on a yacht in North Europe I like to do some... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Andrew C
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Boat Handling Weekend

The First Class boat handling course was excellent and gave me the skills and confidence to skipper... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2018
JonathanTonge
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At First Class Sailing we give you easy access to the full range of RYA yachting courses and other sailing activities. From the moment you contact us we aim to make your whole experience fun, smooth and hassle free. Our office team are helpful, quick to respond and show a high degree of integrity. First Class Sailing instructors are friendly, professional, thorough and passionate about sailing. So whether you are a complete novice or have some sailing experience, we give you the confidence and expertise to enjoy the ultimate get-away-from-it-all experience: the freedom of sailing.RYA Sailing Courses RYA Sailing courses are internationally recognised. They form part of a scheme that is both easy to follow and enter, whatever level of experience you have. We run RYA Shorebased navigation classes such as Day Skipper theory and Yachtmaster theory in London in the evenings and/or over weekends. We hold RYA Practical Courses such as Competent Crew for novices, Day Skipper for those with more experience and Yachtmaster for those with lots of experience on our yachts based in Shamrock Quay, Southampton and North Frambridge on the East Coast.Sailing Trips Our sailing trips might take you off to the west country for a week of cruising the Devon and Cornish coastlines with their pretty harbours and beautiful estuaries. Or sail over to France and the Channel Islands for a week of Moules Marinieres, French wine and pretty Channel Island anchorages and beaches. For those with less time we have weekend Channel Hops over to France, all year round, which offer the perfect opportunity to build miles and experience quickly.• RYA PRACTICAL COURSESo Competent Crew Practical Courseo Day Skipper Practical Courseo Coastal Skipper Practical Courseo Yachtmaster Coastal Practical Courseo Yachtmaster Practical Courseo Yachtmaster Ocean Practical Course• RYA THEORY COURSESo Day Skipper Theory Courseo Coastal Skipper Theory Courseo Yachtmaster Theory Courseo Yachtmaster Coastal Theory Courseo Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Courseo CEVNI Testo Essential Navigation and Seamanship Online Theory Courseo Online Day Skipper Theory Courseo Online Yachtmaster Theory Courseo London RYA Theory Courses• SPECIALIST RYA COURSESo Sea Survival Courseo VHF Courseo Offshore Safety Course (ISAF)o Radar Courseo First Aid at Seao Diesel Engine Maintenance Courseo Professional Practices and Responsibilites (PPR) Course
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Reviewed 3 days ago

In the winter months when it's too cold to sensibly on a yacht in North Europe I like to do some theory courses and put the time to good use. I decided this year it would be Sea Survival and Diesel Engine, partially out of...More

Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

The First Class boat handling course was excellent and gave me the skills and confidence to skipper and handle any yacht up to 45ft in close quarters. I had recently passed my RYA Day Skipper Practical but felt that I still needed to gain a...More

Thank JonathanTonge
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Four to one teaching on a Jeanneau 379 in great condition. Grahams teaching style and knowledge was exceptional. It was a great environment for learning and practice. The lay out of the course took us to cowes from Sham rock Quay in Southampton on Saturday...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Did the CCC in mixed group with Day Skipper trainees. Such a steep learning curve. Graham our skipper was amazing, so diligent and patient, knowledgeable and didactic brilliant. Would strongly recommend this sailing school to others. It was a great experience and very pleasant and...More

Thank Fedor Z
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Been there for a second time and made the Yachtmaster Exam in August. Well organised by Andy and excellent instruction by Ken. Though there were only 3 days left for preparation, everyone passed the exam. Great job and very effective!

Thank FraLinDe
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Completed Competent Crew in a mixed group with Day Skipper trainees. Clive Loughlin the instructor was incredibly knowledgeable, interesting and calm/jolly. Enabled all on board, at whatever level, to be stretched and to develop their skills and knowledge. Useful to be with other sailors doing...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2017

I spent a month on board, sailing the entire round trip from Portsmouth to Stavanger then up along the coast to Haugesund and Bergen. We then picked up some new guests and sailed up to Sognefjord before returning to Bergen, picking up the final set...More

Thank Nick S
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Had an absolutely fantastic time going through the 5 day day skipper course. Paul Pilsworth, the instructor, was incredibly helpful and was always happy to answer any question. Would highly recommend this company for any level of qualification.

Thank George F
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

Just spent a week sailing in the Norwegian fjords on Challenger 1. It was a great trip, The scenery was breathtaking. We sailed north from Bergen then along the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest of Norway's fjords, stopping off in either very tiny harbours or...More

Thank ChrisTQ9
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

As a german sailor located in the south of Germany I wanted to increase my sailing knowledge in tidal waters and took a coastal skipper course with First-Class-Sailing. The course was perfect organized (booking, food of high quality, new Musto wet weather clothes, ...) and...More

Thank franzmayr
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