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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 instructors.

We provide a ‘Start Sailing’ lesson for free. It’ll introduce complete beginners to sailing and help rusty intermediates to get back on the water. After your lesson, you should be more than equipped with the skills to sail our dinghies in calm conditions. All our kit is free for you to use all week. 

If you’d like more coaching our popular RYA courses (Level 1-4) start at only £69. They’re taught over 2-4 days with 10-12 hours of tuition. Pretty good value at only £6.90 an hour! We run lessons using the Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ coaching techniques for quick progression.

The essentials

  • Free ‘Start Sailing’ lesson (3hrs) all centres
  • Available: All Centres
  • Level 1-4 Courses: (10-12hrs tuition) from £69
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Leaning groups
  • Small groups: 6:1 instructor ratio
  • Under 13’s: Join our free Kids Club
  • 8-13’s: Try our RYA Youth Squad
  • The finest RYA teaching & safety standards
  • Free-sail our great kit all week
  • Free to use: Performance boats

Your free ‘Start Sailing’ lesson

  • A free 3 hr beginner sailing lesson
  • A free 3 hr beginner windsurfing lesson
  • Available at all centres
  • 3 hours tuition* 

What to expect

We’ll start with a short, shore-based introduction on how to use the boat controls and very soon after you’ll be on a boat, 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 solo in your own boat after your first ‘Start Sailing’ lesson with us. 

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

If you would like more tuition, then try our private lessons or our popular group lessons for a special guest price (from only £6.90 an hour!)

*Our ‘Start Sailing’ lessons are free, but they need to be pre-booked before you travel (which is easy to do). They’ll take place on day one or day two of your holiday.

RYA Level 1 ‘Start Sailing’ course

  • RYA Level 1 course – £69
  • Available at all centres
  • 8-10 hours tuition* over 2-4 days
  • That's equivalent to £7.90 per hr!
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning groups
  • Small group sizes: (6 students max)
  • Ability after the course: Able to sail in light winds

What you’ll learn

After taking part in our free ‘Start Sailing’ lesson, it’s a great time to move up a gear and get some focussed tuition from our team. The Level 1 RYA course is very practical and almost all of it is enjoyed on-the-water with lots of sailing in fair conditions. 

By the end of the course, 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 of kit, launching and landing and a little bit of theory to bring it nicely together. You could also come away with your RYA Level 1 Start Sailing certificate. 

Courses are for ages 14+. Under 13's can join our free kid's club (5 days) with sailing and windsurf tasters, 8-12's can join our Youth Squad for dedicated tuition

*The paid-for element of this course is 6-8 hours and will follow on from our 3-hour ‘Start Sailing’ lesson which you’ll need to attend

Book before you depart (recommended) or on arrival.

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RYA Level 2 ‘Basic Skills’ course

  • RYA Level 2 course – £79
  • Available at all centres
  • 8-10 hours tuition* over 2-4 days, 
  • THat's equivalent to £7.90 per hr!
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning groups
  • 6 to 1 instructor ratio
  • Ability after the course: Able to sail and make decisions in good or fair conditions.

What you’ll learn

Like all our courses, Level 2 is run by our own expert team of British RYA instructors and sets out the foundations of sailing for you. By the end of it, you'll be a competent light wind sailor. We’ll cover better boat handling, tacking, gybing, capsize techniques, rigging, launching and safety. All essential skills to progressing the sport after your week with us. We also provide a short introduction to more progressive techniques like sailing with spinnakers and trapezing.

This great course is spread over 2 to 4 days (total 8-10 hours tuition) so you have lots of time to practice in between. By the end of it, you should easily come away with your RYA Level 2 Sailing certificate.

Courses are for ages 14+. Under 13's can join our free kids club (5 days) with sailing and windsurf tasters; 8-12's can join Youth Squad for dedicated tuition.

Book before you depart (recommended) or on arrival

RYA Level 3 ‘Better Sailing’ course

  • RYA Level 1 course – £79
  • Available at all centres
  • 8-10 hours tuition over 2-4 days
  • That’s equivalent to £7.90 per hr!
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning groups
  • 6 to 1 instructor ratio
  • Ability after the course: A confident light-medium wind sailor

What you’ll learn

Our Level 3 ‘Better Sailing’ course is run by our own team of British RYA instructors and builds upon skills in Level 2. If you have two or more weeks sailing experience, this the course for you. Our instructors will cover better boat handling, tacking, gybing, capsize techniques, rigging, launching and safety. They’ll also cover a short introduction to more advanced modules like performance sailing, racing (with fun-races!) and sailing with spinnakers.

This great course is spread over 2 to 4 days (total 8-10 hours tuition) so you have lots of time to practice in between. By the end of it, you should easily come away with your RYA Level 3 Sailing certificate.

Courses are for ages 14+. Under 13’s can join our free kids club (5 days) with sailing and windsurf tasters; 8-12’s can join our Youth Squad for dedicated tuition.

Book before you depart (recommended) or on arrival

In some centres: Level 3 courses are only bookable on arrival and require a minimum of 4 participants. If take-up is low, you can take Level 3 skills as private lessons. We will always do the best we can to accommodate.

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RYA Level 4 ‘Advanced Sailing’ 

  • RYA Level 4 Modules 
  • Sailing with Spinnakers - £99 (8-10 hrs)
  • Performance Sailing- £99 (8-10 hrs)
  • Sail Foiling (£99 - 3-4 hrs)
  • Where? Available Porto Heli

We teach advanced skills in all our centres, through focussed RYA modules and private lessons. Level 4 modules are bookable on arrival and require a minimum of 4 participants. If take-up is low, you can these skills in focussed (fast-learning) private lessons from £34 per hour

All our centres are very suited to advanced sailors looking for stronger winds in the afternoon, with expert instructors on hand and our performance boats, which are free to use all week. We have the best range of kit and instructors at our Porto Heli centre, but all our centres offer great wind conditions for expert sailors.

Book on arrival. Do register interest with us before you depart.

In all centres: Level 4 courses are bookable on arrival and require a minimum of 4 participants. If take-up is low, you can take Level 4 skills as private lessons. We will always do the best we can to accommodate.

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RYA ‘First Flight’ Foiling

  • Sail Foiling (£99 - 3-4 hrs)
  • Free ‘Intro to Foiling’ course
  • Available Porto Heli only
  • For ages 14+ good intermediate
  • How to Book: Register interest before you depart

We can offer you the exciting chance to learn to foil this summer at our Nautica Bay Beach Club in Porto Heli. If you’re a competent intermediate and you want to experience this incredible ‘new-wave of sailing’ then join our very experienced foiling instructors and learn to sail the RS Aero with GlideFree foils. It’s an experience you won’t forget, and our guys will make it easy and safe for you to learn.

We offer a free ‘Intro to Foiling’ course which is a shore-based course run by our own RYA foiling instructor, to help you understand the basics and learn to rig and set up the kit.

Book on arrival. Do register interest with us before you depart.

In Porto Heli: Foiling is bookable on arrival and will require a minimum of 2-3 participants. If take-up is low, you can pay a small supplement to take 'First Flight'. We will always do the best we can to accommodate.

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Private tuition

Our holidays include enough tuition to get started. However, you may prefer some extra, more focused tuition, either as a ‘1-on-1 or ‘1-on-2’ session to take alongside (or instead of) a full RYA course. ‘Privates’, as we call them, will help you focus on a specific technique or skill and is 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. 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.

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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