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Dinghy Sailing Beginners (Level 1)

If you've never sailed before, you will be surprised at how easy it is to start sailing solo in your own boat immediately!


  • When: 2.5 to 3hrs each day for 5 days a week
  • Where: All Centres
  • Cost:  No Charge, it’s free and inclusive and a great way to meet other guests!
  • Age: For guests age 14+ and all levels of fitness.
  • Under 13’s:  4-13yr olds can join our Active Kids Clubs which offer water sports tasters. 8-13 year olds can join our Youth Squad programme
  • Group size: 6:1 student / instructor ratio
  • Course content: How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering, capsize recovery and rigging your boat
  • Ability after the course: Able to sail in light winds

Sailing for everyone!

If you have never set foot aboard a boat before then don’t be worried, we are here to help you every step of the way. Dinghy sailing is surprisingly easy to grasp and we can have complete beginners sailing solo after their first morning.

All our centres are ideal for learning to sail, which is made especially easy with warm waters and light morning winds in all our resorts. Our friendly instructors are fun to be around, energetic and experts at teaching all ages and levels of fitness: from young and budding helms’ to the oldest of hands!

Our 'Start Sailing' course

Our Start Sailing course follows the RYA syllabus and runs for 5 days a week, (2-3 hrs a day). It’s free in all centres for guests to join-in with as they choose. This is the perfect course if you want to learn to sail and if you’ve never set foot in a boat before or want a complete refresh if you’ve forgotten old skills.

A fun and practical course run in small and sociable groups with our own Beach Club guests and designed to get you on the water and sailing your own dinghy after only your first morning!

If you complete all five mornings then you should be able to sail a boat around a triangular course and be confident in light winds. You’ll also get to go home with a new internationally recognised RYA qualification to prove your new skill.

Who can join?

Everyone can join in with this course. We encourage all ages and fitness levels to come and join the fun. Group sessions are very sociable and range in size with a maximum 6:1 student/instructor ratio

What to Expect

After a short session of shore-based training using a simulator to learn basic boat controls it’s out on the water with your instructor where the excitement begins.

Expect lots of support from your instructors and a safety rib always on hand for peace of mind. Progress at your own pace in our friendly and sociable group lessons which are exclusive to our Beach Club guests only so you can share good times afloat with other hotel guests.

The water is very warm and in the morning, conditions will generally be very calm with a light wind (Force 1-2). This means that the conditions for learning are very tame and easy-going, which will suit all ages and tastes.

If you decide to duck out of the course after your first day or so, then that’s no problem – after all it’s your holiday. However, if you stick with it you will be confidently sailing solo by the end of the week and you get to go home with a new RYA qualification.

Beginner Sailing: Free - all centres

RYA Tuition: Vassiliki

  • RYA Level 1 & 2 courses: Included for Free
  • RYA Level 3 & Advanced tuition is available as a paid-for option (private tuition is £41/hr)
  • All courses are 5 half days (2.5 to 3 hours/day), total 16 hours (Free & included)

RYA Tuition: Leda & Porto Heli

  • RYA Level 1 & 2 courses: Included for Free
  • RYA Level 3 & Advanced courses: Included for Free
  • All courses are 5 half days (2.5 to 3 hours/day), total 16 hours (Free & included)

What to wear or bring

  • Plenty of sun cream
  • Shorts you can get wet in and either a quick dry T-shirt or Rash Vest
  • Do wear sunglasses (preferably with an elasticated band)
  • Some sailors wear a sun hat or cap for extra protection.
  • Some sailors bring sailing gloves, but they are not essential for learners
  • No need for wetsuits (the water is too warm)
  • We supply buoyancy aids.

Top tip:

We do sell sailing gloves and rash vests or quick dry T-Shirts at our centres

Tuition is offered free for all ages 14+. 

For 4-12 year olds our Kids Club will offer sailing tasters and joyrides. 

For 8-13 year olds, we recommend our Youth Squad programme.

Our RYA Instructors

Our friendly team of British instructors are all fully qualified RYA (Royal Yachting Association) professionals. They are on hand all day to help rig boats, teach sailing groups, give advice, tips and guidance for all levels from beginner to advanced. They play an active role both on and off the beach in all parts of your holiday, so outside of lessons they are there to help in any way that they can.

Private tuition

Our holidays include enough tuition to get started. However, you may prefer extra tuition or one-on-one tuition to help focus on a specific technique or skill. Private tuition is available and paid for extra in resort. Lessons start at £41 per hour for one-on-one tuition and support boat cover. More information on private tuition

Fantastic Holiday! 

''The hotel is right on the beach and has its own sunbeds for guest use. The main reason for going was the sailing and we have nothing but praise for the Ocean Elements staff, right from airport pickup they were friendly and helpful. The watersports on offer were varied and whilst there was always someone there to assist you we never felt we were pushed into anything. The intention was for my husband to attend the RYA level 1 course and for me to sunbathe and read books. Once I saw the setup and felt the genuine enthusiasm of all the staff, I decided to have a go as well. I am a large lady with no previous experience but the staff never made me feel uncomfortable and were always encouraging and full of praise. Thanks in particular to Tom and Josh for getting me through my level one. We will definitely be back next year for level 2 !!''

Jan Pope, stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple

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