Our sail training system has two lines of courses:

  • Practical courses for developing boat handling, sailing and skippering skills
  • Theory courses for providing background knowledge in navigation, seamanship and safety

The three practical sailing courses, Sailing Crew, Inshore Skipper, and Coastal Skipper, comply with the  Association of Sailing Instructors in Finland (PORY) externally audited course system. The instructors in these courses are trained and certified by PORY. The theory courses comply with the Royal Yachting Association RYA, Association of Navigation Instructors in Finland, and the Finnish Navigation Association course systems.

Inshore Skipper practical course participants must have completed RYA Day Skipper theory or an Inshore Skipper theory course based on the Finnish training systems.

Similarly, the Coastal Skipper practical course participants are required to have completed RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory or a Coastal Skipper theory course based on the Finnish training systems.

The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft, also commonly known as the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), can be applied from the Finnish Transport and Communication Agency TRAFICOM. The ICC is a formal certificate based on United Nations Resolution No. 40. The ICC is a valid proof of competence when chartering a yacht in Europe and elsewhere. TRAFICOM requires two kinds of evidence in the ICC application:

  • Proof of theory knowledge
  • Proof of practical skills

Our coastal-level theory and practical courses fulfill these requirements.

Course Plan

Practical Courses

Core courses:
  • Sailing Crew
  • Inshore Skipper
  • Coastal Skipper
Special courses:
  • Harbour Manoeuvring Training
  • Night Sailing Training
  • Celestial Navigation Exercises
Customized Sailing events:
  • Evening sailing
  • Sail-a-Day
  • Team Sailing
  • Mile Building Cruise




Theory Courses

Core courses
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory
  • RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory
  • Inshore Skipper Theory
  • Coastal Skipper Theory
Special courses
  • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship
  • Start Boating Theory
  • Marine VHF Radio
  • Celestial Navigation


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