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RYA Keelboat Course


Take your Competent Crew

A complete basic sailing course suitable for beginners. A practical sailing course teaching you the basics of sailing and all the skills you need to be an effective member of a yacht crew.

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Take your ICC with us

If you can already sail but have no piece of paper to prove your ability, then the ICC is just what you need! About a half day assessment which can be taken in the UK or Greece with us.

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Take your Day Skipper

If your aim is to become a skipper and take the helm as captain of your own ship, then you will need a Day Skipper qualification, the follow-on course after Competent Crew

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Taking your Keelboat course with us

At our Surf Hotel Beach Club in Vassiliki we are offering the full range of small yacht sailing courses; the RYA Start Keelboat and Level 2 Keelboat courses. This is a fun and rewarding two day (or four day) ‘big-boat’ sailing course to focus on whilst staying at our Beach Club. It will enable you to prepare and plan for a day cruise, with pilotage and decision making including adverse conditions. It covers sail and motor techniques and is the perfect course for aspiring yacht sailors. It suits all ages 14 and up.

The Keelboat course is the perfect course to get your teeth into during a relaxing stay at the Surf Hotel; either as a pre-flotilla trainer, skipper qualifier or just as a great standalone sailing course.

Course content

  • Rigging and preparing a boat for cruising;
  • Sailing techniques pilotage/navigation, collision avoidance;
  • Self-rescue in adverse conditions.

Our Yacht Experiences

  • Qualification accepted for OE Yacht Flotilla
  • 2-day course at Surf Hotel Vassiliki (16hours)
  • Student/Instructor ratio 3:1
  • Suits complete beginners
  • Suits all ages 14 plus
  • Guest price: £99 (min 3 per)

Pre-Flotilla Training & Qualifying

The RYA certified Level 1 and 2 Keelboat course is popular for pre-flotilla training and now accepted by most Med’ based charter companies as the minimum skipper qualification needed to charter a yacht.

We include the full Keelboat level 2 qualification as part of our complete Start Yachting Course for aspiring skippers, but you can also join a Keelboat Level 1 or 2 course at our Surf Hotel Beach Club even if you don’t plan to skipper your yacht on an Ocean Elements Stay and Sail holiday afterwards.

RYA Start Sailing (Level 1) – Keelboats:

  • Minimum age: 14
  • Pre-course Requirements:
    There are no pre-sailing requirements, this is a beginner sailing course
  • Course runtime:
    two or three days (16 hours) to fit around Beach Club activities

This two-day course introduces you to the fundamentals of sailing keelboats including sail controls, steering, sailing up, down and across the wind, turning the boat, basic meteorology and man overboard recovery. The course is run on our keelboat which is kept moored off our Vassiliki Beach Club.

Key learning points: Rigging, sailing in all directions, importance of good communication, man overboard recovery, safety information and basic sailing theory.

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RYA Basic Skills (Level 2) – Keelboats

  • Minimum age: 14
  • Pre-course Requirements:
    Keelboat level 1, Dinghy Level 1 or some prior sailing experience
  • Course runtime:
    two or three days (16 hours) to fit around Beach Club activities

Now that you have the taste for sailing, this comprehensive course will give you the understanding of the basic skills needed to prepare your boat, route plan and to sail a boat on your own. 

Following on from Level 1 Start Sailing, this course is run over two or three days to fit in around other activities at our Beach Club with a total of 16 Hrs tuition time. It covers more detail on rigging, use of engine, sailing techniques and manoeuvres, capsize recovery, meteorology and essential safety knowledge. On successful completion you will be able to sail and make decisions in good conditions and receive a certificate from our RYA instructor. You may then be able to go on to skipper your own yacht on our flotilla.

Combined Keelboat Level 1 & 2 ‘Fast track course’

  • Minimum age: 14
  • Pre-course Requirements:
    There are no pre-sailing requirements, this is a beginner fast track sailing course
  • Course runtime:
    Four to five days to fit around Beach Club activities

A fun 4-5 day fast track route into the world of sailing designed for those who fancy focussing on a great week of sail training whilst staying at the Surf Hotel Beach Club.

In this 4 days you will have learned about sea safety, how to sail, rig, moor/launch and passage plan among other things. You will be equipped to sail a keelboat and make decisions in good conditions. You will have earned the internationally recognised RYA Keelboat Level 1 and 2 Keelboat courses (on successful completion). You will also receive both level certificates from our RYA instructor.


Skipper your own yacht with Ocean Elements

Candidates with very limited experience of sailing can join our complete Start Yacht Sailing course and come away with their Keelboat level 1 and 2 qualifications. They will then be qualified to skipper one of our yachts (under 40 feet) on an Ocean Elements Flotilla on week two of a Stay Sail.

Complete newbies will enjoy our Level 1 and 2 Fastrack course which can be taken in 4 or 5 days to fit around a family holiday at the Surf Hotel Beach Club.

Inclusive ‘Flotilla Prep’ session

By special arrangement, we can also give novice yacht skippers on a Stay Sail our complimentary ‘Flotilla Prep’ session run by our lead crew on day one of our flotilla. This is a 2-3 hour session run by our lead crew on your first morning of yachting to cover things like boat handling and mooring.

Always there for you

Our Lead Crew will be able to assist with some aspects of your sailing, such as getting to know your yacht, it’s controls and systems, setting off and mooring up each evening. They are never more than a VHF call away and can be a great comforter when skippering for the first time.


The Keelboat

We use a 20-25 foot dayboat, which is a small, shallow-draft sea going day yacht. It has great performance and is suitable for racing or cruising but it is so stable ‘you could take your grandmother for a sail without alarming her’.

Our Keelboat is moored just off the beach or close to the Surf Hotel Beach Club and makes a great training boat for the keelboat course. A course that shouldn’t eat into too much of your time at our famous Beach Club on a Stay Sail holiday. The perfect course to get your teeth into during your stay as a pre flotilla trainer or just as a great standalone sailing course.

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, what are you waiting for? Learning to sail is so much fun and can lead to life changing decisions. Call on 0844 770 40 70 and our team will talk you through the options and get a best price for you.

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