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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 very own Royal Yachting Association (RYA) instructors; along with all the sailing gear and performance boats you’ll ever need!

Dinghy sailing tuition is included in the cost of your holiday. You can dip in and out during your week (depending on your energy levels!) and there's no need to pre-book tuition or courses. Just sign up to the sessions when you arrive at our clubs.
At a glance
  • Free RYA Start Sailing course
  • Free RYA Level 2 Sailing course
  • Free RYA Level 3 Sailing course
  • Free Level 4 Advanced tuition
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  • Free: SailFoiling Tasters!
  • Our own British Instructors
  • Groups size 6:1 instructor
  • Ocean Elements Fast Forward Coaching

RYA Level 1 ‘Start Sailing’ course

  • Free and Inclusive: Vassiliki; Pelion; Porto Heli
  • For Kos: courses are not free. We do include daily tuition clinics
  • RYA Start Windsurfing course: Runs over 4 days
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning groups
  • Small group sizes: (6 pupils)
  • Ability after the course: Able to sail in light winds

If you’ve never set foot in a boat before, then now’s your chance! This course will teach you the basics. It’s a fun course with most of it enjoyed on-the-water, so expect lots of sailing in your own boat in fair conditions with instructors-to-hand to help you progress. By the end of it, you’ll have learned how to sail confidently in all directions and shared some great times on the water with fellow guests. We'll also cover rigging, capsize techniques, launching and landing.

This course is run in smaller group sizes and follows the Ocean Elements Fast Forward coaching technique. At the end of your week, you’ll have earned a new and Internationally recognised RYA sailing qualification. For ages 14+. Under 13's will join our free kid's club (5 days) with watersports tasters. 8-13's can join our Youth Squad.

RYA Level 2 ‘Basic Skills’ course

  • Free and Inclusive: Vassiliki; Pelion; Porto Heli
  • For Kos: courses are not free. We do include daily tuition clinics
  • RYA Improver ‘Basic Skills’ course: Runs over 4 days
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning groups
  • Small group sizes: (6 pupils)
  • Ability after the course: Able to sail and make decisions in fair weather.

If you’ve done some sailing before, or completed Level 1, then you’ll be ready to move up a gear. Level 2 is an exciting course run by our own team of expert RYA instructors, they will ensure you go home a more confident sailor with improved skills and you'll also have earned yourself a new and Internationally recognised RYA sailing qualification to boast about!

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

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RYA Level 3 ‘Better Sailing’ course

  • Free and Inclusive: Vassiliki; Pelion*; Porto Heli
  • For Kos: courses are not free. We do include daily tuition clinics
  • For Porto Heli: this course is not available
  • RYA ‘Planing’ Windsurfing course: Runs over 4 days
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning groups
  • Small group sizes: (6 pupils)
  • Ability after the course: A confident light-medium wind sailor

Level 3 is a follow-on from the skills learned in Level 2. Our expert instructors will not only equip you with better sailing skills and some advanced techniques, but they will send you home a more confident sailor. You will also earn an internationally recognised RYA sailing qualification by the end of your stay.

We’ll cover better boat handling, tacking, gybing, capsize techniques, rigging, launching and safety to a higher level; and you’ll get a deeper introduction to more advanced modules like Performance Sailing and Sailing with Spinnakers. For ages 14+. Under 13's will join our free kid's club (5 days) with sailing and windsurfing tasters. The 8-13's can join our Youth Squad.

*Included at Hotel Leda subject to participant numbers and availability

 

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RYA Level 4 ‘Advanced Sailing’

  • Free and Inclusive: Nautica bay, Porto Heli
  • Paid for: Akti Beach & Palace, Kos
  • For Vassiliki & Pelion: this course is not available
  • RYA Level 4 course - 4hrs (2 days)
    Sailing with Spinnakers
    Performance Sailing
    Seamanship Skills
    Start Racing

Our Level 4 course is a shorter but more focussed 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 4+ weeks sailing. On arrival, we will take requests and listen to our Level 4 pupils’ requirements to tailor a course to suit the group.

All our centres offer great wind conditions for expert sailors with a daily programme of racing and regattas. We also include Sailfoiling (and free tasters) in Porto Heli, Vassiliki and Kos.

 

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Try SailFoiling

  • FREE: ‘Intro to Foiling’ taster (1-1.5 hrs)
  • ‘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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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.

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!

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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