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First Class Sailing
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Owner description: 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
Preston, United Kingdom
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“Boat Handling Weekend ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

Excellent! - First Class Sailing in my view encompasses everything that a prospective student should be looking for in a sailing school. The booking experience was efficient and professional.

For our weekend we were on Billini, a very clean, modern and well maintained Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36. We arrived to find the instructor on board and the boat ready with food, water and fuel. After a warm welcome and introductions our weekend started.

Our instructor was James Porter who was incredibly experienced yet still displayed an absolute love of sailing. James was able to convey complicated techniques to a group with varying skills levels with ease and at times giving the impression one was receiving one to one tuition.

The weekend was constructive and full of fun and we all left feeling more confident in our abilities.

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

All sailing schools probably have the same material to cover during the courses however the single most important thing is THE INSTRUCTOR!

The instructor I had was top-notch. Darryl was a successful business professional and sailor (+25 yrs experience, across oceans etc) who could knew his stuff inside out but also knew how to share relevant sailing experience and wrap up the material in memorable stories.

Couldn't recommend it more!!!

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Day Skipper Success and Fun all in one!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

I took First Class Sailing's Day Skipper practical course over the icey easter weekend down in Southampton and it was fantastic. Not only was the boat clean, modern and warm, but the food and company was excellent. Andy our instructor made everyone feel welcome and kept us all entertained over the 5 days. The course was well thought out, well planned and i learnt a lot. Everyone on our crew passed and we made great friends along the way. I'd reccommend FCS to anyone looking to get experience in sailing.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“First Class Sailing - Day Skipper - The Natural Choice for top class learning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2013

Day Skipper Practical March 2013

First Class Sailing should be your only choice for embarking on any theoretical or practical learning experience you may require. Regardless of previous experience it is defiantly No1. Choice for getting the best start around your sailing experience requirements.

Our Trainer and coach was Darryl was an excellent coach and really took the time with our class to ensure we all understood all aspects of the course. He was patient and prepared to take the time to ensure we all had the best knowledge transferred to us. He was an excellent instructor and had a significant amount of detailed knowledge that was most helpful to me and the rest of the class. He is passionate and fully committed to his work and goes above and beyond to ensure you are capable and have a really enjoyable experience learning with him.

Highly recommend

David Grubb

Visited March 2013
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Herts, UK
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“Excellent Tutors with passion for the subject”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2013

I attended the Day Skipper theory course which was conveniently set up in the City of London over two months. Firstly, I felt I was given an abundance of course materials including reference guides, navigational reading and general seamanship theory. All material highly digestible. Obviously, the tutor adds in his own annecdotes and wide experience with plently of real examples and picking up on the latest topical news items that provoke thought and the beginnings of a real passion for the subject. Our tutor(Daryl) had his own pet subject of detailed weather analysis and provided daily emails on interpretation of meterological charts that went well beyond the scope of the course but which I believe enhanced the safety aspect of the subject by some order of magnitude. Daryl covered the course material very well but also imbued the wider subject with layers of safety experience that consciously and sub-consciously will reduce stress in those inevitable panics likely to be encountered at sea.

Visited November 2012
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