Sailing course for beginners

Two days at sea with lots of fun and learning surrounded by the magnificent nature in Northern Norway

  • Season: April - December
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Days: See course calendar or send us a request
  • Meetup: Finnsnes or Hamn i Senja
  • Time: 10 am - 6 pm
  • Duration: Two days (16 hours)
  • Number of participants: 2 – 5
  • Age: 14 years or older
  • Price: From 4.190 NOK (440 USD)

The Norwegian government has now started easing up on some of the preventive actions on the corona pandemic. As it seems for the moment, it is likely that Norway will slowly reopen in the time to come. Our sailing courses and trips for June and July are therefore now available for booking. However, Seil Senja is monitoring the situation closely and will take any new changes from the authorities into consideration. For now, we have removed the deposit requirement when booking. You only have to pay by attendance. In addition, as an extra service for you, cancellation can be made up to 7 days before attendance (normally 14 days). This means you can start right ahead planning your participation in sailing activities.

In this two-day course, you will learn the basics of sailing, navigation and boat handling. This course is suitable for you if you have only some or no knowledge or experience from sailing earlier on. 

In the program for this course, we are referring to different chapters in the book Seilerboka. Although it is not an absolute requirement for your participation, buying the book will be a valuable supplement to the course. You can buy the book directly from us on our website or by attending a course. One copy of Seilerboka will always be available in the boat for you to read it there.
  • Theory of how the sails and the boat work (chap. 1.3, pp. 29)
  • Safety on board and use of safety equipment (chap. 2.9, pp. 169)
  • Maritime rules (chap. 1.5, pp. 61)
  • Navigation using paper charts (chap. 2.8, pp. 163)
  • Electronic navigation aids (chap. 2.3, pp. 110)
  • Learning some concepts (chap. 1.1, pp. 13)
  • Ropes and knots (chap. 1.8, pp. 91)
  • Planning a sailing trip, different roles, responsibilities and tasks on board (chap. 2.8, pp. 149)
  • Sailing at various wind angles (chap. 1.2, pp. 26)
  • Read and understand the weather and the weather forecast (chap. 1.7, pp. 81)
  • Man overboard practice (chap. 2.9, pp. 170)
  • Adjusting the shape of the sails, so-called trimming (chap. 1.4, pp. 31)
  • Maneuvering in port and mooring (chap. 2.7, pp. 141 – 145)
  • Some advices when buying a sailboat (chap. 2.1, pp. 97)

We strongly believe that learning by trial and error is the best way to learn. For that reason this course is organized in a way so that you get the most time possible at the sea with practical exercises and good guidance along the way.

On this sailing course, there will never be more than 5 participants, giving the instructor plenty of time to follow up on the individual.
If all or part of the program for the sailing course is not possible due to bad weather conditions, we will set up new times for the remaining program.

The course is organized both on the east side of Senja with attendance at Finnsnes, and on the west side with attendance at Hamn in Senja.

Do you have any questions about this sailing course? – Contact Seil Senja on telephone +47 977 40 383 or e-mail