Our Courses

In person RYA courses are normally run in the evenings over the course of several weeks in a classroom environment, with a student-instructor ratio of 12:1.  The courses include student packs from the RYA. As we are based in Denmark, we also explore Danish charts and protection of the marine environment. Successful completion of the course requires a good level of attendance, as well as time between training sessions for preparation, practice and revision.

Online courses are delivered in partnership with Skippers Online, who take care of the course delivery so you can create your own structure and training schedule. We can offer supplementary coaching in person if you get lost in the process, but this is not usually needed.

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

RYA Day Skipper Navigation & Theory

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 completed 2 seasons in a club sailing school (or spent time cruising, or similar).

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

More information from the RYA can be found at: RYA Day Skipper and Navigation Theory

Sign-Up here for the next course in Copenhagen starting October 2022 or sign up for an online course here.

Once you have the theory, why not head with others on the course to do the RYA practical with one of our partner RYA RTCs somewhere warm?

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

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Skills

Essential Navigation and Seamanship Skills is a great introduction to navigation and safety for anyone involved with boating: sailors, powerboaters, divers and boatmasters.

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.

More information available at: Essential Navigation & Seamanship Skills

Go to Sign-Up page to recieve information to register for the next course.

RYA Yachtmaster Online Course

The RYA Yachtmaster Certificate is a gold bench mark standard. This theory course is a preparation for the Yachtmaster Coastal, or Yachtmaster offshore or Yachtmaster Ocean exams. All three certificates require extensive documented experience in passages and skippering - you can find out more on the RYA website here. Requirements also include up to date first aid and VHF SRC certificates.


This on-line course is delivered with Skippers on-line, so you can progress through the course at your own pace. If you are interested in doing this course then sign up here directly with online skippers or contact us here, as sometimes we bundle the online course with mile and skill building courses with partners.