Welcome to Firstaway Tuition ~ Sail Training on the Solent

Welcome to firstaway tuition and a concise guide to what we offer with prices, dates and a brief synopsis. More information will be added here throughout 2018.

If you’d  like more details please call  +44 (0) 7966 706709.  Better still send an email with any questions to  info@firstaway-tuition.co.uk

A long established RYA Recognised Training Centre based at Shamrock Quay, Southampton SO14 5QL  ~  We enjoy a successful service history in providing various aspects and levels of comprehensive sail training to many happy and satisfied clients. With easy access to the water, the Solent calls and beckons you to come and sample the delights of sailing and adventure that await. It’s all here for you and with great transport links and free parking at MDL’s marina in Southampton what could be easier.

All RYA sail training courses are available with Firstaway Tuition, be it at sea or ashore. We offer the widest choice of shore-based courses. In the coming weeks we shall once again be offering PB2 power boat training from our base at Shamrock Quay. We also provide a suite of online training for you to study and complete at your own pace, training wherever and whenever you find is the most convenient for you.

Ever popular RYA First-Aid and SRC VHF Radio courses are running every month, all year round. Additional courses may also be arranged for you at very short notice (next day etc.) if that is something that you need in-a-hurry try us now for a solution. Did you leave it too late to renew your 1st-Aid Certificate ? Please call us if you think the premium express service can help you.

It’s a breeze sailing with Firstaway Tuition

Our courses start with whatever you choose to do with us because at Firstaway we recognise the choice is always yours. We deliver all RYA sail training courses from ‘Start Yachting’ through to ‘Yachtmaster’ preparation and assessment. Come to do your training with a friendly professional sailing school that has a long history of delivering effective training right where it counts. Train with Firstaway and have fun while you enjoy the varied learning program we offer.

Active Marina
Relax near the water to reflect on your day.

Sail the beautiful Solent waters with us from Shamrock Quay in Southampton. With easy access to one of the world’s most fruitful sail training areas come and learn with professional friendly instructors. More distant options? Come sail cross-Channel with us on ‘mile-builder’ passages and add tidal miles and experience to your sailing logbook.


RYA sailing courses & Prices to suit you and they are available all through the year :

Start Yachting                £249                                                Dayskipper Theory        £349

Competent Crew          £549                                               Yachtmaster Theory     £449

Dayskipper                       £549                                                RYA First-Aid                     £99

Dayskipper 2+3             £649                                                SRC vhf Radio                   £75

Coastal Skipper             £599                                               RYA Radar                           £99

Yachtmaster Prep.       £699                                               Basic Sea Survival          POA

Own Boat Tuition          £225 (pd)                                      ISAF Course                       POA

Need an ICC for some European sailing ?     ICC Testing & ICC Courses are available. The ICC International Certificate of Competence is needed in most foreign waters when you are chartering and is an accepted proof of your accredited licensing.

Practical Sailing Course Dates 2018

Booking an on-water course with us is easy ~  5-day practical courses run every month throughout the year.  Join the boat at 20:00 on a Sunday night and stay on board until Friday afternoon. Be it a Dayskipper, Competent Crew, Coastal Skipper course or Yachtmaster Preparation, we’ll welcome you aboard and quickly get down to business. Guaranteed dates are quoted. There are more dates available, please ask about other course availability.

Sailing Yacht in the Solent
Great sailing: Into an Easterly homeward bound.

Dayskipper and Comp Crew  Courses                     

25th March,   15th April,   06th May,  10th June,  29th July,   12th August,   09th  September                               




Would you prefer some alternative dates ? We are flexible in our approach, please call or email to find out what we can do for you !  RYA Dayskipper and/or Competent Crew courses may be run over two weekends. These courses run a two-day weekend followed by a three-day weekend. Start Yachting with us over one weekend…. Simply ask for dates & details.


Yachtmaster crossing Poole Bay
Heading West: Bound for Weymouth

Yachtmaster Prep. Week’s

22nd July, 16th September, 11th November.

Coastal Skipper Courses 

22nd April, 17th June, 19th August, 7th October.



Yachtmaster Preparation is generally 4/5 days on board spent with a Yachtmaster Instructor. You’ll be honing your skills in preparation for an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner to join you. The Examiner will assess your capabilities on days 5/6 which will include overnight exercises. RYA Exam fee applies.

The RYA Coastal Skipper course must be taken over 5-days sequential days training on board. Continuous assessment by the Yachtmaster Instructor is ongoing as you learn and work through the RYA Coastal Skipper syllabus.

Coastal Skipper training
Round the Island 2017

On water sailing courses include breakfast and lunch, as are fuel, berthing, and all safety equipment. If you don’t yet have your own waterproofs we have them for hire. Full details are available on request. The only additional cost for you is the evening meal spent ashore. We find this is a good time to reflect on your learning as you relax in pleasant and pleasing locations.

Ashore ~ Shorebased Courses

Dayskipper & Yachtmaster THEORY Classroom (5-days, 6-days, or 3x weekends) Dates to be agreed ~ Please call for more info.

Dayskipper & Yachtmaster THEORY also available On-LINE.  “Anytime” !

SRC vhf RADIO Courses : 01-April  /  29-April  /  20-May  /  17-June  /  18-August etc.

First Aid Courses :  31-March  /  28-April  /  19-May  /  09-June  /  17-August  /  & more

Also with ‘flexibility’ in mind Firstaway is able to offer RYA First Aid and VHF Radio courses at very short notice. Maybe you’ve left it late to renew your First Aid Certificate and need it urgently to resume commercial work at sea ?  Call us to discuss the ‘bespoke’ 1-day course options we have available designed as a premium service to serve an urgent need at very short notice.

RYA Radar courses are available and we have many Radar course options that are yours for the asking. For more details on prices and the list of radar courses we offer please send an email to us at info@firstaway-tuition.co.uk (please put RADAR in the subject field of your email).

Basic Sea Survival Course & ISAF Courses ~ POA

Other Courses

Sai training vessel : Corsair
Corsair ~ Maintenance schedule

Many courses and services are available through Firstaway Tuition whether or not you find it listed above. Choose from mile-building, skill- building, family-cruising, flotilla training and preparation through to assisted deliveries. Please call us to discuss your ideas. Bespoke training tailored 100% for you POA.

Discuss your personal requirements with us and we’ll offer you a fair and competitive price in sourcing the right solution for you.

At Firstaway we look forward to hearing from you soon! Please contact : Stan Davies, Principal & Chief Instructor at Firstaway Tuition

+44 (0)7966 706709     info@firstaway-tuition.co.uk

Feedback Extracts from 2017

Enjoy Sailing in the Solent
Bring your friends to learn how to sail and have a great time !

Thank you for all your input and patience last week. Everybody enjoyed the experience and your company.
Dayskipper Course – Andy S. (Commercial Pilot)


Thanks for such a great week – I had a fab time and looking forward to getting back out again soon. I have passed your details on to my friend Jo, she has some experience and is looking to do her Day-Skipper with you. Lauren 😊


Thanks Stan for such an enjoyable and informative week !                                                                  Linda  –  Dayskipper.


Back in Hong Kong. Great time training with you and getting the ICC for the  following week in Greece. Keith. –  Dayskipper.


Really enjoyed last week, and want to thank you for your professionalism & good humour. It takes a lot to put up with me for 5 days! I learned a great deal, and look forward to putting it into practice over the summer. I mentioned the course to one of my neighbours & I think they may be interested in a similar course (I think I mentioned to you that they’d just bought a Swedish boat). Look forward to seeing you when we feel a refresher is in order. Jon  (Dayskipper)


Stan, a huge thank you from Fay, Sarah and me for a brilliant week’s sail training. We learned loads and gained much more confidence in handling our boat. As well as having fun and laughs. I think your friend’s description of you as the best skipper on the water is very true. Is there anywhere we can give you a testimonial?    Steve B   (Dayskipper).


Sail training Solent
Red Ensign flies before the setting Sun.

If you’d  like any more information please call  Stan Davies  +44 (0) 7966 706709 or email  info@firstaway-tuition.co.uk


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