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Dinghy Sailing Holidays

Free Tuition     RYA Training Centre
A dinghy sailing holiday in Greece is the perfect place to enjoy this exciting sport with warm water, reliable winds and lots of sunshine! We teach complete beginners, intermediate and advanced sailors and our friendly team of RYA (Royal Yachting Association) water sports instructors make each session as fun and sociable as possible. Each of our Beach clubs has been hand-picked to offer the most consistent and reliable conditions for sailing: expect a gentle morning breeze every day before the wind builds to offer exciting sailing after lunch.

New for 2018: If you’re a high intermediate you can try one of our Learn to foil courses in Porto Heli.

 

Inclusive Sailing Tuition

Sailing tuition is included with your holiday, so there's no need to book tuition or courses before you travel, it's all done when you arrive at the Beach Club.

We love teaching our guests to sail and windsurf, it’s what we do best! It’s a lot of fun to learn in a group with other Ocean Elements guests, that’s why we include five half days of tuition for free using our own expert instructors. They’ll make each session fun, and the warm water and predictable conditions encourage fast learning. You can even go home with a new RYA qualification to show off to your mates, again, for no extra charge.

 

Sailing for Beginners: Level 1

New to sailing? then we’re here to help you every step of the way. Join in with our free and inclusive Level 1 sailing lessons

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Sailing for Improvers: Level 2

If you’ve done a little sailing before or require a refresher lesson, then our inclusive tuition for Improvers will build upon your skills and send you home a confident light winds sailor.

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Intermediate Sailing: Level 3

If you’re already a confident sailor, our Level 3 sailing lessons will boost you up to the next level

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Advanced Sailing

We teach advanced coaching modules like sailing with spinnakers and performance sailing. In most of our resorts, coaching is free and inclusive

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Try Foiling

Try from two course options for the RS Aero adapted for use with Glidefree foils:

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Free Sailing

If you can already sail then you don’t need to join a group lesson if you’d prefer to do your own thing. Simply choose a boat and let the beach staff know and they’ll help you rig up and get launched before you head out into our sailing area.

You can sail anytime the beach is open: from 9.30 each day until the last guest comes off the water. We also include free use of our Performance boats like the RS 100, RS 200, RS 500 and Catamarans.

Dinghy Racing

At all our Beach clubs we offer a little bit of fleet and handicap racing throughout the week to keep you all on your toes! It’s fun and never too serious, but offers a great introduction to racing starts and rules for those that are new to racing. 

A Great Fleet of Boats

We pick only the best dinghies and Catamarans from Laser, RS, Hartley and Topper to stock at our centres. You’ll get to pick from an excellent, diverse fleet of well kept, bang-up-to-date boats and 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.

There are always plenty of boats to go around and our expert instructors are always on hand to help you rig and launch, or for general tips and advice to help you with your sailing.

Dinghy Cruising

Dinghy cruising is really taking off and we enjoy the feeling of accomplishment at sailing longer distances in doublehanded cruising boats or even singlehanded dinghies. 

Our sociable dinghy cruises take place in all centres where conditions allow, but they’re always best in Porto Heli our Specialist Sailing Centre. We have support boats on hand with technical clinics along the way aimed at cruise planning and basic navigation.

Our flotilla of dinghies will often cruise to another island or beach for a mid-morning stop over (swimming, coffee and ice cream often on the agenda!). Expect to cover a few miles and get a taster for this great activity.

Learn to Foil

We are one of the first (and only) holiday companies to offer foiling for sailing at our Nautica Bay Beach Club in Porto Heli. So, if you’re a competent intermediate and you want to experience this incredible ‘new-wave of sailing’ then join our expert foiling instructors and learn to sail the RS Aero with GlideFree foils this summer.

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Sailing for Children

  • Kids Age 14+: Join our (free) adult lessons
  • Kids Clubs (4-13yrs): Free & inclusive (all resorts)
  • RYA Youth Squad (7-13yrs): Dedicated tuition

All our centres offer idyllic conditions for kids to learn to sail. From the age of 14, they can join our (free) adult group lessons; and kids age 13 and under will love our complimentary Kids Club (4-13yrs) which offers sailing or 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 enjoy our RYA Youth Squad where they’ll windsurfing or sail with other youngsters each day. It follows the RYA Youth scheme for beginners and more advanced kids and is for 7 or 8-13-year-olds. A supplement applies.

Not everyone has to join a club to go sailing, and children under 13 can always head out with a competent parent or guardian. Our range of cruising dinghies or double handed boats are great for family sailing adventures.

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Beginner Sailing, Level 1

  • Porto Heli: RYA Level 1 tuition & course, (5 half days) Free & Inclusive
  • Horto Pelion: RYA Level 1 tuition & course, (5 half days) Free & Inclusive
  • Vassiliki: RYA Level 1 tuition & course, (5 half days) Free & Inclusive

What to expect

If you’ve never set foot aboard a boat before then we’re here to help you every step of the way. Dinghy sailing is lots of fun and complete beginners should be sailing solo after their first morning.

You can even go home with a new RYA qualification at the end of your stay. Half day lessons last for 2.5 to 3 hours.

Improver Sailing, Level 2

  • Porto Heli: RYA Level 2 tuition & course, (5 half days) Free & Inclusive
  • Horto Pelion: RYA Level 2 tuition & course, (5 half days) Free & Inclusive
  • Vassiliki: RYA Level 2 tuition & course, (5 half days) Paid for option* 

What to expect

If you’ve done a little sailing before then you’ll really enjoy our Level 2 course. We’ll focus on brushing up your skills for better boat handling, tacking, gybing, capsize techniques, rigging, launching and safety. The aim is to have you sailing confidently in good/fair conditions at the end of the week. Half day lessons last for 2.5 to 3 hours.

Intermediate Sailing, Level 3

  • Porto Heli: RYA Level 2 tuition & course, (5 half days) Free & Inclusive
  • Horto Pelion: RYA Level 2 tuition & course, (5 half days) Free & Inclusive
  • Vassiliki: RYA Level 2 tuition & course, (5 half days) Paid for option*

What to expect

Intermediate sailors will love sailing in all our destinations, but Level 3 tuition is only offered free of charge in Porto Heli and Pelion. We’ll teach confident sailors many of the same topics in Level 2, but in more detail.

You’ll also get a short introduction to more advanced modules like performance sailing and spinnakers before returning home with an RYA Level 3 Dinghy Sailing qualification to brag about! Half day lessons last for 2.5 to 3 hours.

* In Vassiliki, you can pay for private tuition (from £41) to cover Level 3

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Advanced Sailing

  • • Porto Heli: RYA Level 2 tuition & course, (5 half days) Free & Inclusive
  • • Horto Pelion: RYA Level 2 tuition & course, (5 half days) Free & Inclusive
  • • Vassiliki: RYA Level 2 tuition & course, (5 half days) Paid for option* 

What to expect

Expert sailors will have plenty to get the pulse racing at all our centres with an exciting range of high-performance boats for you to use and reliable thermal winds patterns every day. 

We include advanced tuition for free in Horto-Pelion and Porto Heli so you can go home with an RYA Level 4 certificate in modules like sailing with spinnakers, racing and performance sailing. 

* In Vassiliki, you can pay for private tuition (from £41) to cover Level 4

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Why we Include Group Lessons, (for free!)

Our group lessons are so much fun, that’s why we include them for free! You’ll meet new friends and enjoy learning things with other guests - giving you plenty to talk about in the bar afterwards!

Our lessons follow the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) syllabus and are grouped by ability. Our instructor/guest ratio is normally 1 to 6 and our safety standards are among the highest around. There’s no need to book a lesson before you travel, it’s all done at the Beach Club when you arrive, and availability is never an issue!

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