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Dinghy Sailing Tuition

Whether you’re stepping into a boat for the first time, looking to progress your skills or just sailing for fun - we offer the highest standards of tuition from our own Royal Yachting Association (RYA) instructors - with more kit and tuition than you’ll ever need!

We provide a daily programme of free-and-inclusive lessons for beginners and Improvers, up to Intermediate level for sailing and windsurfing. If you’re a complete beginner then make use of our comprehensive ‘Start Sailing’ and ‘Start Windsurfing’ booster lesson, (which is also free) and will equip you with the necessary skills to free-sail our dinghies and boards all week, in calm conditions. 

As well as our free daily lessons - you can top-up with an RYA course (Levels 1-4) to get even more focussed tuition and to work towards a level of the RYA syllabus by the end of your stay. From only £69 for 10-12 hours of tuition, we reckon they’re pretty good value at only £6.90 an hour!

At a glance
  • Free Start Sailing Lessons
  • Free Daily Lessons (Basic Skills)
  • Free Daily Lessons (Better Sailing)
  • Free Daily Lessons (Advanced)
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  • RYA courses fr £69 (10-12hrs tuition)
  • RYA Level 1 Start Sailing course
  • RYA Level 2 Improver course
  • RYA Level 3 Intermediate course

Free ‘Start Sailing’ Lessons

  • Comprehensive Beginner Sailing Lesson
  • Available at all centres

If you’ve never set foot in a boat before, now’s your chance to learn! Our ‘Start Sailing’ lesson is a comprehensive session designed to boost complete beginners and give you the skills needed to ‘free sail’ our great range of boats all week (in fair conditions) and join our free programme of daily lessons for Improvers.

 We’ll start you off with a short, shore-based introduction on how to use the boat controls and very soon after you’ll be setting off in warm waters and a light morning breeze. It’s an exciting time and most of you will be sailing on all points, in light winds and in your own boat, solo, after your first morning. 

You should then be equipped with the skills to ‘free-sail’ our boats (on your own) for the rest of your week. Our beach team will always be on hand to help you rig and get launched whenever you choose to sail (in beach opening hours) and our safety-support boats will always be on hand when you sail. 

If you would like more tuition then join our free programme of daily lessons for Improvers or take an RYA course for more focussed tuition and smaller learning groups. And you’ll get an RYA certificate at the end of your stay!

*Lessons are free, but do pre-booked your spaces before you travel, which is easy to do. They’ll take place on day one or day two of your holiday.

Free Daily Sailing Lessons

  • Free: Daily Lessons - ‘Basic Skills’ - 5 x 1-1.5hrs
  • Free: Daily Lessons - ‘Better Sailing’ - 5 x 1-1.5hrs
  • Free: Daily Lessons - ‘Advanced Clinics’ - 5 x 1-1.5hrs
  • Available: All centres
  • No need to book, join up on arrival

If you’ve done a little sailing before then you’re going to enjoy our free-and-inclusive programme of sailing lessons. They run daily, (in the morning and afternoons), for beginners and Intermediates with some advanced clinics too. So just sign up when you arrive and jump on a lesson (or join all the lessons!) as you choose.

We’ll cover how to sail in all directions, rigging of kit, launching and landing, capsize drills and a little bit of theory to bring it all nicely together. We’ll also do some trapezing, racing and spinnaker clinics for the more advanced sailors.

For ages 14+. Under 13's can join our free daily kid's club with sailing and windsurfing tasters, The 8-12's can join our Youth Squad for dedicated RYA tuition.

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RYA Level 1 ‘Start Sailing’ course

  • RYA Level 1 course – £69
  • 10-12 hours tuition* over 2-4 days (equivalent to £6.90 per hr!)
  • Available: All Centres
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning groups
  • Small group sizes: (6 pupils max)
  • Book before you depart, or on arrival
  • Ability after the course: Able to sail in light winds

You can opt for some more focussed tuition, (to add to our daily programme of free tuition), and work towards a level of the RYA syllabus. These courses run in smaller group sizes and follow the Ocean Elements Fast Forward coaching technique. Afterwards, you’ll have earned a new RYA sailing qualification and made some great sailing friends along the way.

it’s a very practical course and almost all of it is enjoyed on-the-water with lots of sailing in fair conditions. By the end of it, you’ll have learned how to sail in all directions, in light winds and shared some great times on the water with other guests. We'll cover rigging, launching, capsize recovery and theory among many other things. For ages 14+. Under 13's can join our free kid's club (5 days) with sailing and windsurfing tasters. The 8-13's can join our Youth Squad for focussed tuition

*The paid-for element of this course is 8-9 hours and will follow on from our free 3-hour ‘Start Sailing’ booster lesson which you’ll need to attend. Log books are extra. 

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RYA Level 2 ‘Basic Skills’ course

  • RYA Level 2 course – £79
  • Available: All Centres
  • 10-12 hours tuition* over 2-4 days (equivalent to £7.90 per hr!)
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning groups
  • Small group sizes: (6 pupils max)
  • Book before you depart or on arrival
  • Ability after the course: Able to sail and make decisions in good or fair conditions.

Level 2 provides more focussed tuition which joins up nicely with our daily programme of free tuition. It’ll help you take things a step further and earn you an RYA sailing certificate. Courses are run by our own expert team of RYA instructors and by the end of it, you'll be a competent light wind sailor. 

We’ll cover all the essentials in greater detail: better boat handling, tacking, gybing, capsize techniques, rigging, launching and safety. We’ll also provide a deeper introduction to more progressive techniques like sailing with spinnakers and trapezing. For ages 14+. Under 13's can join our free kid's club (5 days) with sailing and windsurfing tasters. The 8-13's can join our Youth Squad for focussed tuition.

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RYA Level 3 ‘Better Sailing’ course

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

Level 3 provides additional tuition which is more focussed and joins up nicely with our daily programme of free tuition. Level 3 is a follow-on from the skills learned in Level 2 and will earn you an RYA sailing certificate by the end of your week. By the end of it, you'll be a confident light to medium wind sailor and have covered some advanced techniques.

You’ll cover better boat handling, tacking, gybing, capsize techniques, rigging, launching and safety, (all to a higher level), and get a deeper introduction to more advanced modules like performance sailing, trapezing and sailing with spinnakers. For ages 14+. Under 13's can join our free kid's club (5 days) with sailing and windsurfing tasters. The 8-13's can join our Youth Squad for focussed tuition.

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RYA Level 4 ‘Advanced Sailing’

  • Complete ‘Level 4 course’ - £99 (10-12 hrs)
  • RYA Level 4 Clinics - £99 (10-12 hrs):
  • Sailing with Spinnakers
  • Performance Sailing
  • Available: All Centres
  • Sail Foiling (try for free)
  • Sail Foiling ‘First Flight’ course - £99 (3-4 hrs)

We deliver advanced tuition either as separate, more focussed clinics or as part of a ‘Complete Level 4 course’ which aims to combine several advanced modules together, so pupils can understand a broader spectrum of skills. On arrival, we will listen to our Level 4 pupils and tailor a course to suit the group.

Our Complete Level 4 course is a special Ocean Elements course, which fast tracks to the gritty detail of skills like: Sailing with Spinnakers, Seamanship, ‘Start Racing’ rules and Performance Sailing. This course will suit a competent intermediate who has done 3-4 weeks sailing. 

All our centres offer great wind conditions for expert sailors with a daily racing programme and even dinghy foiling at our Specialist Dinghy Centre in Porto Heli; also in Vassiliki & Kos. Book before you depart or on arrival.

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Try Foiling

  • FREE: ‘Intro to Foiling’ taster (1-1.5 hr)
  • ‘First Flight’ course (£99) 3-4 hrs
  • ‘Sustained Flight’ course (£299) 16 hrs
  • Available: Porto Heli, Vassiliki & Kos
  • For ages 14+ good intermediate
  • How to Book: See below

We offer a FREE ‘Intro to Foiling’ taster session for intermediate sailors in Porto Heli, Vassiliki & Kos. It’s run by our own RYA foiling instructors, designed to help you understand the basics and have a taster session on one of these flying machines.

We also offer the RYA ‘First Flight’ course and ‘Sustained Flight’ course, a more in-depth 16-hour course - generally run over two full days. 

If you’re a competent intermediate sailor, our guys will have you grinning from ear to ear. It’s an experience you won’t forget, and we will make it easy and safe for you to learn, using support RIB boats and bluetooth radios to communicate with your instructor in the RIB nearby.

How to book: 
Book your First Flight and Sustained Flight courses before you depart (recommended) or you can book on arrival, but we recommend registering an interest before departure using your ‘My Holiday’ portal. Free taster lessons are only bookable on arrival and availability is very good. All courses will run dependent on conditions.


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The very best Instructors

Our friendly team of British instructors are all fully qualified RYA (Royal Yachting Association) professionals. We pick them for their friendly and outgoing natures and because (like us) they have sea air in their blood!  You can trust them to look after you, they are experts at teaching all standards to sail (not just the beginners). They’ll be on hand all day to help rig and launch boats for free-sailors, teach our daily lessons and give advice, tips and guidance - whether you are in a lesson or not!

Private Tuition

Our holidays include daily tuition for beginners and intermediates. However, you may prefer some extra, more focused tuition, either as a ‘one-on-one or ‘one-on-two’ session to compliment you free lessons or one of our full RYA courses.  ‘Privates’, as we call them, will help you focus on a specific technique or skill and are very valuable when coupled with lots of time on the water to practice what you’ve learnt. Privates are available as a paid-for extra in resort and they start at £34 per hour with support boat cover.
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Why our guests love group lessons

Our group lessons are so much fun, that’s why we offer a low guest price, to encourage you all to take part. 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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