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Start Yacht Sailing (Cruising Level 2) Syllabus

On completion of our Start Yacht Sailing course (Level 2 cruising) you will have a good practical foundation in yacht sailing and be able to helm and crew a cruising yacht with a skipper on board. The course can be done in 16 hours (2-3 days) for guests living aboard our tuition yacht or staying at our Vassiliki Beach Club.

We recommend taking the Level 1 and 2 courses together as a complete week-long ‘Start Yachting’ course - whilst living aboard our tuition yacht - so you will have an extra day to practice important yacht handling techniques and yacht manoeuvres. The syllabus below (although not exhaustive) contains many of the things that you will learn.

At a Glance

  • Experience required: None
  • Minimum age: 10-12
  • Level 2: A two-day course (16 hours)
  • Level 1 & 2: A one-week course
  • Take Level 1 & 2 for a complete ‘Start Yachting’ course
  • Level 1 & 2 can be taken at our Surf Hotel beach club
  • Or as a week-long course while living aboard our yacht

Practical Syllabus


Knowledge of spars and rigging, parts of the sail and sail controls. Understands the use of halyards and their associated winches   


Understands how to rig according to weather and conditions. Can reef the boat when afloat.


Can tie a figure of eight knot, round turn half hitches. Tie a bowline, clove hitch and reef knot. 

Sailing Techniques and Manoeuvres

Has basic practical understanding of the following:

Use of Engine

Has knowledge of engine checks, starting, stopping and running procedures. Able to come alongside and pick up a mooring.

Launching and Recovery/Departure and Arrival

Understands leaving and returning to a jetty or mooring. Coming alongside a moored boat, sailing in close proximity to other vessels, performing a man-overboard recovery, lee shore dangers. 

Man Overboard Recovery

Understands action to be taken to recover a man overboard 

Emergency Equipment and Precautions

Awareness of potential hazards of fuel and gas, Has knowledge of stowage and use of fire extinguishers.



Theory Syllabus

Sailing Theory and Background

Knows sources of weather and shipping forecasts, when to reef. Understands Beaufort Wind Scale. How to apply weather forecasts in coastal waters 

Knowledge of
Clothing and Equipment

Knows importance of personal safety, clothing and buoyancy, boat buoyancy and basic equipment, depending on boat type (may include anchor, paddle, bucket, bilge pump)

Emergency equipment and precautions

Knows importance of first aid kit and flares (if included) including stowage. Visual methods of attracting attention, action to help those in distress

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