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Sail Cruising Course - Level 1 & 2

Level 1 Start Yacht Sailing is a fantastic way to give yacht sailing a try. Running over 2 days it introduces guests with no sailing experience to our sport.

Our Level 2 course is for those of you who have done a little dinghy or yacht sailing before. It’s an ideal two-day follow-on course to Level 1 and on completion, you will have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing a yacht as a helm and crew with a skipper on board.

At a Glance

  • For ages 10-12+ 
  • Level 1 pre course experience: None required. 
  • Level 2 pre course experience: Start Sailing (Dinghy Level 1 or Sail Cruising Level 1)
  • Duration: 2 days; 4 days for combined Level 1 & 2 course
  • Level 2 counts towards two days of a Competent Crew Course
  • Flotilla Prep: 1-day course covering yacht handling

Sail Cruising Level 1, ‘Start Sailing’

Our Level 1 course will cover basic navigation, pilotage, boat handling and seamanship skills. You can take the course over two days and it’s ideal when combined with our Level 2 course to give you 4 days of training.

You can take the course whilst staying at our Surf Hotel Beach Club in Vassiliki, or, if you take the 4 day course, you can live-aboard the tuition yacht and turn it into a week-long cruising holiday with our instructor.

Sail Cruising Level 2, ‘Basic Skills’

Our Level 2, ‘Basic Skills’ course builds upon the skills gained in Level 1 to sail a cruising yacht. It covers the same yacht handling and practical on-the-water sailing skills as Level 1, but in more detail. It covers sailing techniques and manoeuvres on a yacht under sail both as crew and helm, including slipping and coming alongside under sail, some basic yacht handling under power, sailing theory and much more.

It is therefore a very useful course for improving the skills of an existing Competent Crew or Day Skipper to handle a yacht under sail.

To join, you will need the skills equivalent to Level 1 Cruising or the RYA Level 1 ‘Start Dinghy sailing’ course. On completion of this course, you will have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing a yacht as crew and helm with a skipper on board. It will also count towards two days of a Competent Crew Course.

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One Day ‘Flotilla Prep’ course

This course is also very useful for improving the ability of an existing RYA Competent Crew or RYA Day Skipper to handle a yacht under sail. We use this course as a very useful flotilla prep session for guests on a Stay Sail who would like to polish up their yacht handling skills before they embark upon flotilla or bareboating.

We will cover the sailing techniques and manoeuvres on a yacht under sail both as crew and helm, including slipping and coming alongside under sail, some basic yacht handling under power, sailing theory and basic safety including personal safety at sea, and sailing a yacht in tide or current.

The course will run during one day of the week at our Beach Club in Vassiliki, generally on a Wednesday.

Combined ‘Level 1 & 2 Yacht Cruising’ course

You can combine the Cruising Level 1 with a Cruising Level 2 for a complete Start Yachting course. Each course will take 2 days, so a total of 4 days for the two courses together. You can take them whilst living onboard our tuition yacht as a week-long holiday cruising around the Ionian, or whilst staying at our Beach Club and joining the tuition yacht each day (for 4 days).

You need no prior yacht or dinghy sailing experience to join this course, it is designed for complete newcomers to sailing and will equip you with the skills to sail a yacht as crew and helm with a skipper on board in light winds.

Pre-course Experience

You don’t need any prior yacht or dinghy sailing experience to join our Level 1 course. It is designed for complete newcomers to sailing.

For Level 2, we recommend that you have done a little bit of sailing before, either to the standard of Level 1 Yacht Cruising or the RYA Level 1 ‘Start Dinghy sailing’.

Youngsters from the age of 10-12 are able to join and it’s a great course allowing families to learn together, perhaps while Mum or Dad does their Day Skipper. Younger sailors will need sufficient strength to operate the yacht’s equipment. If not, then don’t worry, we can award a Youth Sailing Scheme certificate instead.

Combine a Course with a Stay Sail or Flotilla Holiday

Many of our guests will take a yacht sailing course whilst staying at our Beach Club, or on a Stay Sail and combine it with a second week on our flotilla. That way, you can put your newfound skills into practice with our expert lead crew close by, to assist you during your charter.

You can book a course whilst staying at our Vassiliki Beach Club. The combined Cruising Level 1 and 2 course can be booked as a live-aboard on our tuition yacht and taken as a week-long holiday.

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Book as a solo, a couple or a group

You can book onto a course as a solo, a couple or a family. Our tuition yacht will take up to 5 pupils, but we mostly run with 3 or 4 pupils to one instructor. You can choose to join the tuition yacht each day (whilst staying at our Beach Clubs); or book a liveaboard course by booking a cabin for the week. You can also book our tuition yacht and instructor privately and cruise the Ionian as you learn in the sun.

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