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Dinghy Sailing Lessons

Dinghy Sailing tuition and RYA courses from beginner to advanced are included with all our holidays.

What's included?

  • Complimentary tuition and RYA courses are included with all our holidays and in all Centres
  • Free to use: the latest sailing dinghies and Performance boats at all our Centres
  • Warm water and gentle winds make Greece the ideal place to learn and progress this fun and exciting sport
  • Beginner to Advanced tuition from our own RYA instructors in fun and sociable groups

Learn to sail or progress your skills!

Whether you’re looking to learn to sail, progress your skills or you’re just sailing for fun, we offer the finest tuition from our own Royal Yachting Association (RYA) instructors. A full 5-day course of lessons is included with some holidays, (3hrs a day), and is designed to cover the RYA syllabus so you can go home with a new RYA qualification if you wish, and at no extra charge!

You may dip in and out of tuition as you wish and Free Sail our great dinghies all week, and at your leisure. Younger sailors (age 6+) can join our excellent Junior Squad for dedicated and focussed professional coaching, or come along to our fantastic Kids Clubs (age 4+) which are offered for free in all our Centres for some land-based and waterborne fun!

Beginner to Advanced Tuition

Beginners can get out sailing solo immediately, the learning curve is made especially easy in all our destinations with light morning winds and our expert tuition and support which is always on hand. Less confident sailors may like to pair up or go out with an instructor for their first experience. However, by the end of the week, everyone will be happy sailing solo and enjoying the freedom of this exciting sport.

Intermediate and advanced sailors can also take advantage of the light on-shore winds in the mornings, to brush up on old skills, practice new techniques or spinnaker handling ready for the afternoon.

After lunch, the winds will build offering exhilarating and challenging conditions for intermediate and advanced sailors. Our broad range of boats will suit all abilities, and we can even get the children of all ages afloat too!

Level 1 - Beginners

Our Beginner Sailing courses follow the RYA syllabus. It doesn't matter if you have never been in a boat before, we will take you through all the steps starting with shore based theory, but mostly on the water group lessons. We will have you solo sailing your own boat after the first morning. Our aim is to send you home a confident sailor. These sessions will cover rigging and de-rigging of equipment, launching and landing, turning around, sailing in all directions plus theory.

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Level 2 - Intermediates

If you have some prior experience and can sail around a triangular course the intermediate courses and tuition is for you. It concentrates on brushing up your skills and follows the RYA Basic Skills Level 2. For higher level intermediates tuition will follow the RYA Better Sailing Level 3 and concentrate on sailing comfortably in moderate wind strengths.

Additional skills covered will be gybing, running off downwind, faster tacking, rig tuning, man overboard recovery, an introduction to spinnaker work and trapezing.

Level 3 & Advanced

This group is for confident sailors and will include using spinnakers, advanced Trapeze work, roll Tacks and Gybes, an introduction or brush up on race tactics and essential skills like sailing without a rudder and performance rig tuning. Also on offer will be high performance skiffs and a chance to step up into a faster boat! For example, good Laser sailors can step up to an RS 100.

Our own RYA Instructors

Our instructors are all fully qualified RYA (Royal Yachting Association) professionals, mostly British, very friendly and on hand all day for teaching, advice, tips and guidance. They play an active role on and off the beach in all parts of your holiday, so outside of lessons they are always there to offer tips and keen to give advice.

Private tuition

Our holidays include more than enough tuition to get you started or to brush up some old skills. Remember that we include 5 days of lessons (3hrs/day) in Vassiliki!

However, you may prefer extra help 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 private tuition and support boat cover.

  • • One hour Private Lesson 1 to 1 (Beginner to Advanced) £41/hr 
  • • One hour Private Lesson 1 to 1 (Beginner to Advanced) £40/2hrs
  • • One hour Private Lesson 1 to 2 (Beginner to Advanced) £64/hr 
  • • One hour Private Lesson 1 to 2 (Beginner to Advanced) £86/2hrs

Lessons format

Our free or complimentary lessons follow the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) format and teaching syllabus. During your holiday you will be able to build the skills required to gain an RYA qualification whether beginner or advanced dinghy sailor. You may dip in and out of tuition at your wish and Free Sail using any of our great kit at your leisure. Our beach team will always be on hand to help you onto the water and rig kit for you.

If you are keen to get a qualification during your stay, please ask our beach team on arrival and they will advise on how to make the most out of your week whilst getting the best out of your sailing.

Our fun and sociable coaching groups are for 8-12 people and really help you develop your dinghy sailing from beginner to advanced with technical clinics and race training tips and advice. Keen sailors can often achieve 2-course levels in one week!

Waterfront opening times are generally  09.00- 18.00 with a break for lunch, but can open for later in Vassiliki if the wind picks up!

Try dinghy sailing lessons at these locations

Nautica Bay Beach Club

Porto Heli
  • Sat 18 May 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Half Board
Average £586.36 pp
Self Travel  £368.97 pp

Surf Hotel Beach Club

  • Sun 19 May 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Bed and Breakfast
Save £100 on this Price – Use Code ‘SPRING100’
Average £697.51 pp

Leda Beach Club

Horto, Pelion
  • Sat 10 Aug 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Bed and Breakfast
Save £100 on this Price – Use Code ‘SPRING100’
Average £1,145.00 pp

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