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Dinghy Sailing Holidays

We carefully select our Beach Clubs for water sports in mind. They need to be the very best venues with flat water, reliable thermal winds and an idyllic waterfront setting to appeal to first-time beginners, and not just the experts.

This way, we can be sure to offer all levels the best conditions that will encourage faster learning and lots more enjoyable sailing.

We’ve then added our usual Ocean Elements formula of great kit, top-notch RYA instructors and the best teaching standards around - with our ‘Fast Forward’ coaching technique - so you can get the most out of your sailing, whether it's learning to tack, sailing with spinnakers or even trying Sail Foiling for the first time




At a glance

  • Free-sail our great kit all week
  • Free 'Start Sailing' Lesson
  • RYA Courses: (10-12hrs tuition) £69
  • Great value at £6.90 per hour!
  • The best RYA teaching standards


Sailing for Beginners: Level 1

Learn to sail with us and enjoy a fast learning curve in warm water and gentle morning winds.

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Sailing for Improvers: Level 2

If you’ve done a little sailing before, you’ll love it here! Our Beach Clubs enjoy great sailing conditions for intermediates.

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Intermediate Sailing: Level 3

As an intermediate, you’ve got a lot to get excited about. Lots of great kit and a chance to really progress your sailing.

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Advanced Sailing: Level 4

Enjoy exciting wind conditions at all our centres and learn advanced modules like sailing with spinnakers from our expert team.

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If you’re an intermediate sailor - try one of our Learn to foil sailing courses in Porto Heli. It will change you forever!

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Inclusive Sailing Tuition

  • Free Beginner ‘Start Windsurfing’ lesson (3 hrs)
  • Free Beginner ‘Start Dinghy Sailing’ lesson (3 hrs)
  • Free Refresher Windsurf lesson (1 hr shore based) 
  • RYA courses from £69 (10-12 hrs tuition)
  • Private Lessons: from £34 per hr

We include tuition for beginners with all our holidays using our own British team of RYA instructors. So, if you’ve never set foot on a boat or a board before, or you need a refresher, then do make use of our free ‘Start Windsurfing’ lesson and our ‘Start Sailing’ lesson (3 hrs) at the beginning of your holiday. Or join our free (shore based) ‘Refresher Windsurfing’ lessons.

After your lesson, you should be more than equipped with the skills to ‘free-sail’ our dinghies and windsurf kit all week, in calm conditions. All our equipment is free for you to use and our beach team are on hand (all week) to help you rig-up and get launched whenever you choose to go sailing. A support boat will always be on the water when you are sailing as your safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Bookable RYA courses

  • RYA Level 1-4 courses: from £69 
  • 10-12 hrs tuition over 2-4 days
  • That’s equivalent to £6.90 per hr!
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning
  • 6 to 1 student to instructor ratio
  • Available at all centres
  • Book before you depart or on arrival

Our group lessons are a lot of fun. You’ll be meeting other great guests and benefitting from our ‘Fast-Forward’ coaching techniques to progress your sailing. You can book a full RYA course for a guest-special price of £69 for 10-12 hours tuition. Pretty good value at £6.90 an hour!  Or try our private lessons from £34 per hour.

We offer all RYA course levels, 1 to 4, and they run in small groups with a maximum of 6 students to 1 instructor to quicken the learning curve. You can book a course when you arrive in resort, but we’d recommend you book before you travel to ensure availability.

Courses are for ages 14+. Under 13’s can join our free kids club (with sailing and windsurf tasters) and 8-12’s can join our Youth Squad for dedicated tuition.

Change for 2019

In a bid to keep our holiday cost down and to give you more flexibility, RYA courses are now chargeable, rather than being ‘free-for-all’ and inclusive. We’ve kept their price low and our new.

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Sailing! It’s what we do best…

We love teaching our guests to sail, it’s what we do best and probably why 98% of clients rate our tuition as ‘Excellent’*. It’s a lot of fun to learn in a group with other guests and you’ll get 10-12 hours of tuition at a snip of the normal price. 

We use our own expert RYA instructors and they’re a lot of fun! They will make each session enjoyable and safe, using the latest kit and teaching practices - which makes learning fast and satisfying, especially when the water is so warm and the winds so predictable! You can even go home with a new RYA qualification to prove your new skill.

*Source: 2017 and 2018 customer feedback surveys. 3256 customers in 2018

Free Sailing

If you can already sail, there's no need to join a lesson (unless you want to), simply choose a dinghy, let the beach team know and head out into our sailing area. Our water sports centre is open each day from 9.30am until the last guest comes off the water and it’ll remain open over lunch, so you can sail non-stop if you want to! 

You will be able to 'free sail' any of our boats, catamarans and even try the latest performance boats for no extra charge. Our expert instructors are on hand to impart some of their knowledge and advice whether you’re in a lesson or just free-sailing. They’re always on the beach, and on hand to help you rig-up, de-rig, launch and recover.

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A great fleet of boats

We’ve hand-picked the best dinghies and Catamarans to suit the local sailing conditions, from Laser, RS, Hartley and Topper. You’ll get to choose from a fleet of well kept, bang-up-to-date boats and there’s more kit than you’ll ever need! The more experienced sailors will enjoy our performance craft such as the RS Aero, RS 100, 200, 500 and various Catamarans. All boats are free to use.

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Try Sail Foiling

We can offer you the exciting chance to learn to foil this summer at our Nautica Bay Beach Club in Porto Heli. If you’re a competent intermediate and you want to experience this incredible ‘new-wave of sailing’ then join our very experienced foiling instructors and learn to sail the RS Aero with GlideFree foils. It’s an experience you won’t forget and our guys will make it easy and safe for you to learn.

We offer a free ‘Intro to Foiling’ course which is a shore-based course run by our own RYA foiling instructor, to help you understand the basics and learn to rig and set up the kit.

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Dinghy Racing

Join in with our fun and light-hearted dinghy races which are held during the week. We’ll give a short introduction to the world of racing so that you can take part in our events with tips on starting, finishing, tactics and the basic rules of racing.

Our racing is aimed at all levels and we generally run a mid-week and end-of-week regatta for class boats like the Laser fleet, and handicap racing for mixed fleets. It’s all about taking part and having fun, (with prizes too!), and a great chance to show us your competitive side!

Available in all our centres.

Dinghy Cruising

Discover the adventurous world of dinghy cruising. Take part in our sociable cruises and enjoy the feeling of longer-distance sailing as you cruise in company to a nearby island or beach stopover with instructors and support boats to guide the flotilla.

Our cruises suit single and double handed boats, or family boats with a multiple of crew, so choose your vessel and pick your mates and sign up to join in. You will learn about cruise planning, safety and basic navigation; along with long distance sailing skills to give you a taste for this truly inspirational past-time. The flotilla will often cruise to another island or beach for a mid-morning stopover, to enjoy a swim or a coffee and ice cream. Cruises run from all centres, but we recommend Porto Heli and Horto-Pelion for the best programmes.

Available in all our centres: Half to 3/4 day.

Sailing for children

  • • Kids Age 14+: Join our (free) ‘Start Sailing’ lesson
  • • Kids Clubs (4-13yrs): Free & inclusive (5 days) all resorts
  • RYA Youth Squad (8-13yrs): Dedicated tuition (payable)

All our centres offer idyllic conditions for kids to learn to sail and windsurf. From the age of 14, they can join our (free) adult ‘Start Sailing’ lesson; and kids age 13 and under will enjoy our free Kids Clubs (4-13yrs) which offer sailing and windsurfing joy rides and tasters with other water sports and land-based activities. 

If you want more dedicated coaching then your budding young sailors will revel in our RYA Youth Squad, (8-13yrs), where they’ll be windsurfing or sailing with other youngsters each day. A supplement applies.

Your children don’t have to join a club to go sailing. Under 13’s can head out with a competent parent or guardian and our range of cruising dinghies or double-handers are ideal for family sailing adventures.

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