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Dinghy Sailing Holidays

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: Level 4

We teach advanced coaching modules like sailing with spinnakers and performance sailing. In most of our resorts, Level 4 coaching is free and inclusive

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Try Foiling

Try from two course options for each boat: F101 & RS Aero adapted for use with Glidefree foils:

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Try dinghy sailing at these locations

Xenia Hotel Beach Club

Vassiliki
  • Sun 23 Sep 2018
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
Average £585.80 pp
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Surf Hotel Beach Club

Vassiliki
  • Sun 23 Sep 2018
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
Average £645.79 pp
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Nautica Bay Beach Club

Porto Heli
  • Sun 09 Sep 2018
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
Average £705.01 pp
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Leda Beach Club

Horto, Pelion
  • Fri 01 Jun 2018
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
Average £721.76 pp
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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. 

Try Foiling

We are one of the first (and only) holiday companies to offer foiling at our Nautica Bay Beach Club in Porto Heli. So, if you’re a competent intermediate you could join our expert foiling instructors and learn to sail the incredible F101 or the RS Aero adapted for GlideFree foils. 

Beginner Sailing, Level 1

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

Where to Go?

All our resorts offer ideal conditions for beginner sailing.

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.

We’ll start with a short, shore-based introduction on how to use the boat controls, and shortly after we’ll take to the water and start you off in warm, shallow waters and a light morning breeze. It’s an exciting time, fun in a group and our expert instructors will always be on hand, often with a RIB boat so they’re never very far away.

By the end of the week, you’ll have learned how to sail on all points in light winds and shared some great times on the water with other guests. You’ll be returning home a fully-fledged and qualified RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Level 1 Dinghy Sailor. Why don’t you go for your Level 2 if you’re staying for two weeks?

*Each half day session is 2.5 to 3 hours long.

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Intermediate Sailing, Level 2

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

Where to Go?

All our resorts offer ideal conditions for intermediate sailing.

What to Expect

If you’ve done a little sailing before then you’ll love our Level 2 course. It’s also great to join if you just need a little refresher. If lessons aren’t for you then you can always take a boat out and free sail during beach opening hours (9.30am to 6pm) and our staff will help you get rigged and launched.

This course concentrates 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. After completion, we’ll send you home with an RYA Level 2 Dinghy Sailing qualification which must be better than a certificate in sunbathing!

*Each half day session is 2.5 to 3 hours long. 

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Intermediate Sailing, Level 3

  • Porto Heli, Free & Inclusive: RYA Level 3 Dinghy course, (5 half days*)
  • Horto Pelion, Free & Inclusive: RYA Level 3 Dinghy course, (5 half days*)
  • Vassiliki, Paid for option*

Where to Go?

All our resorts are great for Intermediate sailing, but Porto Heli and Pelion offer inclusive tuition.

What to Expect

Intermediates will love the sailing conditions and facilities at all our centres. With a superb range of performance boats and Cats. There’s more than enough free tuition if you want it, and an expert team of instructors to hone your skills – you’ll be in sailing nirvana! Of course, if lessons aren’t for you - you’ll be able to 'free sail' any of our boats during your week.

Intermediate Level 3 tuition is for confident sailors and covers the same topics as Level 2 but in more detail. You’ll also get a short introduction to more advanced modules like performance sailing and sailing with spinnakers before returning home with an RYA Level 3 Dinghy Sailing qualification.

*Each half-day session is 2.5 to 3 hours long. 
* In Vassiliki, you can pay for private tuition (from £25) to cover Level 3.

Advanced Sailing, Level 4

  • Porto Heli, Free & Inclusive: RYA Level 3 Dinghy course, (5 half days*)
  • Horto Pelion, Free & Inclusive: RYA Level 3 Dinghy course, (5 half days*)
  • Vassiliki, Paid for option*

Where to Go?

All our resorts are great for Advanced sailing, but Porto Heli and Pelion offer inclusive tuition.

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 providing consistent conditions every day. 

We include advanced level tuition for free in Horto-Pelion and Porto Heli, (for five half days a week), so you can even go home with an RYA Level 4 certificate in modules like sailing with spinnakers, racing and performance sailing. These courses is not included for free in Vassiliki, but you can pay for private tuition to cover this level.

*Each half day session is 2.5 to 3 hours long. 
* In Vassiliki, you can pay for private tuition (from £25) to cover Level 3.

A Great Fleet of Boats

We pick the best kit from Laser, RS, Hartley and Topper to stock at our centres. The beginners and Level 2 sailors will get to pick from a fine fleet of well kept, bang-up-to-date boats and the more experienced sailors will love our selection of 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

We also offer sociable dinghy cruises where conditions allow. These are longer-distance half day cruises with support boats on hand so you can get a feel for distance sailing in company. This is better for 2-handed boats and we normally offer technical clinics along the way aimed at cruise planning techniques.

The small flotilla of dinghies will often cruise to another island or beach for a mid-morning stop over for some swimming or a coffee and ice cream. Longer distance cruises are well planned events which will always have instructors and support boats on hand.

Sailing for Children

Kids Age 14+ can join our (free) adult lessons

Kids Clubs (4-13yrs): Free & Inclusive (all resorts)

Youth Squad (7-13yrs): £159 for 1 week |   £295 for 2 weeks

Kids from the age of 14 can join our (free) adult group lessons in all resorts. Kids age 13 and under will love our complimentary Kids Club (4-13) which offers sailing or windsurfing joy rides and tasters or fun in kayaks and paddleboards. 

If you want more dedicated coaching then your budding young sailors will love our Youth Squad as they’ll be windsurfing or sailing with a bunch of other youngsters each day. It follows the RYA Youth scheme, is for 8-13 year olds and can be booked for a supplement.

Not everyone has to join a club to go sailing; and children under 13 years old 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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Why we Include Group Lessons, (for free!)

We include group lessons in all our centres and we make them free to join because we understand that sharing good times on the water and meeting new friends in a group learning environment brings out the best in people - because learning and experiencing new things is fun!

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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