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More About our Courses

Stepping into the world of yacht sailing is an exciting time. Our practical sailing courses run in the Greek islands from our tuition yacht in the Ionians, which makes learning a lot more enjoyable. Our courses build confidence in a relaxed environment, teaching you everything you need to know from becoming a useful crew member to a competent cruising skipper.

 

A Summary of All our Courses

Course
Pre-Course Knowledge/Experience
Ability After the Course
Cruising Level 1
(Start Yachting)
None (age 10+) A basic understanding of yacht handling under sail, personal safety, slipping & coming alongside, sailing theory, yacht handling under sail & basic safety at sea.
Cruising Level 2
("Basic Skills"/ Flotilla Prep) 
None (age 10+) Developing skills from level 1 to make you capable of sailing a yacht, manoeuvring, mooring and ropework.
Competent Crew Practical None (age 12+) A knowledgable and useful crewmember: able to steer, handle sails, keep look out and assist in day-to-day running of yacht 
Day Skipper Theory None (age 16+) Theoretical knowledge of navigation, basic seamanship, meteorology.
Day Skipper Practical 5 days/100 miles onboard a yacht & theory to Day Skipper level (age 16+) To Skipper a small yacht in familiar waters, by day.

What's Included

Our tuition yacht will include everything you need for your week, except flights, transfers and evening meal. Solo supplements will apply for pupils wanting their own cabin (normally 50%)

  • A fully equipped tuition yacht (solo supplements)
  • Tuition from our RYA Yacht Master Instructor
  • Provisioning for breakfast & light lunch (except private charters)
  • All mooring fees and local port taxes
  • Diesel, water & gas
  • Participation in flotilla activities where possible
  • End cleaning, bed linen and towel for live-aboards
  • Course completion certificate 
  • A complimentary day of Beachclub watersports on freesail day

Where we train you

A key element is where we do it - Vassiliki is perfect for training aspiring skippers thanks to the local winds that make it famed as a world class water sports venue. 

Here, budding skippers can practice new techniques in reassuringly light winds in the mornings, while building skills and understanding as the breeze increases to a force 4 to 5, with gusts in the afternoons. Therefore, after getting to grips with core techniques in a benign environment earlier in the day, our graduates also get to hone their skills while handling stronger winds. This is the biggest single challenge for new skippers and is invariably what marks out a truly competent sailor.

How to take a course

You can book onto our tuition yacht (as a solo, a couple or a group) and liveaboard the yacht and cruise the islands while you learn. Or you can join the tuition yacht as a day pupil staying at our Beach Club. You can also combine a course with a second week on our flotilla so you get to skipper your own yacht in week two.

You can also book the yacht and instructor privately for 2 to 5 persons. All courses can be taught together, so it’s a great way for mixed groups  (age 10+)  to learn our Youth Sailing, Competent Crew, and Day Skipper courses at the same time.

HOW TO TAKE A COURSE

Families and learning with kids

If you’d like your children to take part in our courses, we recommend they are at least 10 or 12 years old and strong enough to operate the yacht’s deck gear. If you are worried that they may not be able to take part in all aspects of sailing then please don’. They can be awarded a Youth Sailing Scheme certificate, if they are unable to complete everything. At this age, it’s the experience and the taking part that counts!

Families often like to book a tuition yacht and instructor privately because all our courses can be taught at the same time and this works very well. The yacht will take up to 5 pupils. If you liveaboard the yacht, your instructor will need a cabin, or he can sleep aboard our lead boat when following the flotilla to give you some added privacy.

Safety at Sea

Our Tuition yachts are regularly inspected and comply with RYA / MCA guidelines and Codes of Practice for Sail Training Yacht. All instructors are RYA certified. And our yachts comply with Greek and British RYA  maritime regulations.

  • You are under the supervision of an RYA qualified instructor whilst at sea.
  • All our RYA instructors hold the requisite first aid certificates and are fluent in English (all courses delivered in English, as per RYA regulations).
  • Safety equipment on our tuition yachts complies with British RYA and Greek maritime authority regulations.
  • All yachts have DSC VHF radios, handheld VHF radios
  • Slimline inflatable life jackets, harnesses and crotch straps are provided for each person aboard, with spares carried on board.
  • Our tuition yacht is equipped with electric anchor windlass, a Bimini sun top ( a cockpit sun shade), hot water with cockpit shower, fridge, cooker, hobs, sinks, fully equipped kitchen.

How to Book

If you're looking to book any of our sailing courses then you'll need to give us a call to check available dates. Our expert sales team have extensive knowledge of our programme and ready to help

So call on 0844 770 40 70 and our team will talk you through the options and get the best price for you.

Day Skipper course

The valuable Day Skipper qualification suits candidates with some prior experience of yacht sailing, (100 miles or 5 days).

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Competent Crew course

The Competent Crew is the perfect place to start. It suits those of you who’ve never set foot on a boat before. Learn with us in a week, then follow on with your Day Skipper.

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Competent Crew & Day Skipper ‘Fast track’

If you have no sailing experience at all, then fear not! You can combine the Competent Crew course with the Day Skipper as a complete beginner skippers ‘fast-track’ course in two weeks.

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