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Start Sailing Course - Level 1

Level 1 Start Yacht Sailing is a great way to give yacht sailing a try and introduces pupils with no sailing experience to our sport. The Level 1 course runs over 2-3 days and you can extend it to 5 days and do a complete Level 1 and 2 course.

By the end of the course you will have done lots of hands-on sailing and have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

Holders of the Level 2 Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the RYA Competent Crew course at a reduced time of three days.

At a Glance

  • From £295 (2-3 day course)
  • From £645 for complete Level 1 & 2; (1-week course)
  • For ages: 10-12+ 
  • Pre-course experience: None required. 

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 course with our instructor.

Full Course Details

Price: £295 for Beach Club guests (2 days training)

Price: £645 for Combined Level 1 & 2 course (1 week, 5 days training)

Includes course completion certificate.
Pre-Course Experience No prior sailing experience is required
Assumed Knowledge No assumed knowledge is required
Duration A two day course (16 hours tuition)
Course Content
  • View the syllabus
  • Rigging and sails
  • Wind awareness
  • The 4 Essentials (sails; balance; boat trim; course)
  • Understands: tacking, gybing, heaving-to
  • Communication when manoeuvring
  • Helmsmanship and sailing
  • Knowledge of mooring as crew member
  • Ropework: bowline, round turn, figure 8
  • Fire precautions and fire fighting
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Emergency equipment
  • Meteorology
  • General duties
Ability after Course A basic knowledge of yachting.

Basic Skills Course - Level 2

Our Level 2 course ‘Basic Skills’ will build upon the skills gained in Level 1. It covers yacht handling skills and sailing skills in more detail

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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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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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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. This complete course has 5 days of tuition and you can take it while living aboard our tuition yacht on a week-long holiday cruising around the Ionians. You can also take the course while staying at our Vassiliki Beach Club and joining the tuition yacht each day. 

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


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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