Sailing courses in Finland

We arrange sailing courses in English in Helsinki.

Introduction to sailing 4-8 hour introduction to a sailing boat and the sailing itself.

A sailing crew course follows a traditional sailing course structure on a traditional keel boat with mixed individuals.

Saaristopäällikkökurssilla practices mastering the boat. The course is suitable for beginner skippers who already have sailing experience. The goal of the course is the readiness to safely start independent boating and to act as the master of a sailboat in favorable archipelago conditions during the day.

The coastal master course gives you the skills to act as the master of a sailboat even in the most demanding conditions, day and night, and on longer sea voyages. The coast manager course is not currently offered by Sea Lady Sailing. These are organized according to demand.

The courses include 8 hoursof theory, which is usually held on a separate theory day before the start of the course.
Master courses include a separate navigation, MOB and harbor training day in July-August.

Our program also includes Lady courses, where the students are exclusively women. These courses are

Please consider also a private course on your own boat. (Or hire your own yacht) and have your own dedicated instructor.

The course can also be completed on retkipurjehduksella on the coast or in the Archipelago Sea.

You can also buy the course as a gift card for a friend.



Summary of practical sailing courses 

A sailing crew course 
  • the ability to work as a member of a sailing boat crew is sought
  • no previous sailing experience required
  • no prior navigation skills required
  • focus on seamanship, sailing, boat handling
  • minimum duration 32 hours
Inshore Skipper Course
  • the learning goal is to skipper a sailboat in familiar waters during the day
  • 100 nautical mile sailing experience recommendation
  • focusing on boat handling, navigation, route planning, skippering, safety
  • minimum duration 32 hours

required before entering the course:

  • Basic concepts: definitions; coordinate system; location; distance, time and speed
  • Sea map and its use use: map projections; map markers; measuring and marking location, directions and distances
  • Maritime publications: lists of glory; notices to seafarers
  • Signaling system and other maritime safety devices; lights and glories
  • Compass: direction and bearing; declination; deviation; magnetic direction; compass direction; conversion of directions and bearings; steering compass and direction compass; the principle of lost determination
  • Location determination: investor concept; connecting lines; cross direction
  • Navigation with limited visibility
  • Route planning as part of sea voyage planning
  • Rules of the Seaways
  • Considering the environment in boating
The coastal master course
  • skippering a touring sailboat in coastal areas both day and night
  • 300 nautical mile sailing experience recommendation
  • with focus on sea trip planning, skippering, boat handling in the coastal area in different conditions, safety and navigation at night
  • minimum duration 32 hours

required before entering the course:

Navigation theory I

In addition to the archipelago manager course, the following:

  • Determination of marking location and estimated location (DR and EP) using map work
  • Compiling a declination table for a navigation compass
  • Different investors and their combinations in visual positioning
  • Weather theory: air masses; low and high pressure and related weather phenomena; sea and land winds; mists; sources and interpretation of weather forecasts
  • Tidal theory: tidal currents and heights
  • Determination of the steerable compass direction under the influence of wind pressure and tidal current
  • Electronic aids: Compasses; GPS; chartplotters; radar; VHF; sending emergency messages
  • Customs formalities; local regulations