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Dinghy Sailing for Intermediates

As an intermediate sailor, you’re going to really excel at all of our Beach Club venues. Enjoy the calm morning conditions to help you get your sea legs back and get ready to enjoy the thermal winds as they build through the day to offer some really exciting sailing.

What’s more, we even include a free programme of daily lessons for Intermediates so you learn some Better Sailing skills or brush up on advanced skills like sailing with spinnakers or Performance Sailing. If you’re keen, you can also try our RYA ‘Better Sailing’ Level 3 course for more focussed tuition and you ‘ll get a certificate at the end of your stay. Courses are £79 for 10-12 hours tuition.

As a guest of ours, you will be able to ‘free-sail’ our top-notch sailing dinghies all week, (including performance boats), with an expert team of RYA instructors always on hand to help you rig up and get launched; and even give you some tips along the way.


All our Sailing Courses

Our Sailing Dinghies

Dinghy Sailing for Advanced

The essentials

  • Free daily Sailing lessons (all levels)
  • Where: All Centres
  • RYA Level 3 Course: (10-12 hrs tuition) £79
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ learning groups
  • Daily dinghy racing & regattas
  • Free SailFoiling Tasters. Come and have a go!
  • 8-13’s: Try our RYA Youth Squad
  • The best RYA teaching standards
  • Lots of great boats for you to sail

Inclusive tuition

Dinghy sailing lessons (for all levels) are included in our holidays and they’re run by our own team of Royal Yachting Association (RYA) instructors. Over the last ten years, we’ve taught thousands of guests to learn to sail and we reckon we’ve got the formula just right! With the perfect sailing conditions at all our centres, coupled with a brilliant team of instructors - we keep our guests coming back every year.

Progression has never been easier with our Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ coaching techniques. You will also enjoy our range of modern, up-to-date boats and performance craft, which are free to use in all our centres. O

ur inclusive daily lessons for Intermediates cover ‘Better Sailing’: from progressive techniques in tacking, gybing and capsize recovery to rigging and launching, with an introduction to performance sailing and racing. We also run free clinics like sailing with spinnakers. Inclusive lessons run 5 days a week for 1 to 1.5 hours a session.

As well as our free daily lessons, you can also take an RYA course if you’re keen. It will give you even more focussed tuition and an internationally recognised RYA Level 3 qualification.

Freesail our great boats

As an Intermediate sailor, you’ll be able to 'free sail' any of our dinghies, all week. And we’ll even help you step up into a performance boat. 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! Our beach team are on hand to help you rig-up and launch whenever you choose to go sailing in beach opening hours; during which our support boats will always be on hand.

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RYA Level 3 'Better Sailing' Course

  • RYA Level 3 course – £79
  • 10-12 hours tuition* over 2-4 days
  • That's equivalent to £7.90 per hr!
  • Available: All centres
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning groups
  • Small group sizes: (6 students max)
  • Book before you depart or on arrival
  • Ability after the course: A confident medium wind sailor

If you would like some more focussed tuition during your week, (to add to our daily programme of free tuition), and to learn about some progressive sailing techniques - this course could be for you. All our courses run in smaller group sizes and follow the Ocean Elements Fast Forward coaching technique. Afterwards, you’ll have earned a new RYA Level 3 sailing qualification and made some great sailing friends along the way.

‘Better Sailing’ is a very practical course and almost all of it is enjoyed on-the-water. We’ll look at all the core skills in greater depth: from tacking and gybing to capsize recovery, rigging and launching. We’ll also look at performance sailing and sailing with spinnakers and trapezes. The aim of this course is to make you a more confident medium wind sailor. For ages 14+. Under 13's can join our free kid's club for sailing and windsurfing tasters. The 8-13’s can try our excellent Youth Squad for the same level of tuition.


What's the course like?

Level 3 Dinghy Sailing is a progressive sailing course designed to make you into a confident medium winds sailor. Our instructors make the learning curve fast, safe and very enjoyable as you will be experiencing stronger winds in single handed boats. We use our Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ coaching techniques to the max, with small group sizes (6 students). It’s a hugely rewarding time as you see your progression take off.

We normally run our ‘Better Sailing’ courses in the afternoon, after our free daily sessions have completed. Then you can take part in all of our available (free) tuition groups, if you choose. And why not? They will maximise the learning and are very enjoyable!

You will also get to experience performance sailing and advanced modules like spinnaker handling and trapezing. We’ll even cover an introduction to racing and the rules with starting techniques, if the group wishes. We’ll also look at rig tuning and boat set up so you can move onto our advanced modules next time. We use boats like the Laser Radial, Laser 1 and Hartley 12’s with modern and up-to-date rigs and controls to make the sailing great! We will also introduce you to performance skiffs like the RS 100 if time allows. Staying for two weeks? Then why not try your Level 4 as well?

More on our Level 4 Course

Dinghy Racing

Join in with our fun and light-hearted dinghy races which are held most days 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 daily races 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 all centres

Dinghy Cruising

Discover the adventurous world of dinghy cruising whilst on holiday with us. We will offer you the opportunity to take part in our dinghy cruises and enjoy the feeling of longer-distance sailing as you cruise in company to a nearby island or ‘secret-beach’ stopover with instructors and RIB support boats to guide the flotilla.

DInghy cruises generally take place at the middle of the week and they involve all craft from single and double handed boats to family boats with a few crew. So choose your vessel and pick your crew, sign up and get involved!

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 for a mid-morning stop over, to enjoy a swim or a coffee and ice cream.

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

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Try Sail Foiling!

Try this new-wave of sailing this summer! We offer a free ‘Intro to Foiling’ taster session for intermediate sailors in our Porto Heli, Vassiliki and Kos centres. It’s run by our own foiling instructors, promises to be a lot of fun and is designed to help you understand the basics and have a taster session in one of these flying machines.

If you’re a competent intermediate sailor, comfortable with blast reaching a Laser, you will be ready to foil this summer. We also offer the RYA ‘First Flight’ course and ‘Sustained Flight’ course, for more in-depth learning which is generally run over two days.

Where's best for Intermediates?

All our resorts offer perfect conditions for Intermediate sailors where the thermal wind switches on like clockwork every afternoon! And we’ve put in our usual formula of epicness into every centre! That’s great instructors, the best dinghies (including performance boats) and some of the best teaching standards in the Med’ - where the reliable conditions help boost your sailing enjoyment and progression.

Our free programme of daily sailing lessons (for all levels) take place at all our centres. You can join in if you choose or simply free-sail our boats at your own leisure. You'll learn lots of new tips from our lessons and you'll also meet lots of other guests too.

The hotel Nautica Bay in Porto Heli. is our Specialist Dinghy Sailing Centre and has the greatest range of kit. But all our centres are ideal for Intermediates, especially Surf Hotel in Vassiliki which is similarly well-stocked and our 4* or 5* Akti Beach in Kos.

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