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RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Sailing courses Greece
Saronic Gulf islands from Poros

Poros Yachting Academy is an Anglo Greek sailing school based on the island of Poros in the Saronic Gulf. One hour by hydrofoil from Athens. The company is registered in the UK and is RYA recognised sailing centre as well as the Hellenic SailinRYA courses Greeceg Association.

PorosOur sailing area covers the Islands of the Saronic Gulf which include Spetses, Hydra, Agistri and Aegina as well as the east coast of the Peloponese, offering ideal and predictable sailing conditions and reliable sunshine throughout the season.

Our courses operate from February to November with a range of both live-aboard and shore based practical and theory courses available. Most of our courses follow the RYA Sail Cruising syllabus and result in qualifications that are internationally recognised. We also offer non-RYA courses, some aimed specifically at clients on flotilla holidays.


These can be booked per person on our scheduled tuition yacht which will accommodate up to a maximum of 5 students with our qualified English speaking instructor. Alternatively, if you are chartering your own yacht for a holiday, we also offer an own yacht tuition option, where all or part of your party (up to maximum 5 students) can participate in the tuition. This can be a mixed ability group with some crew members qualifying at different levels according to previous experience and ability.


Start Yachting Course
This course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the course, you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board. The Start Yachting course is, in effect, the first 2 days of the Competent Crew course.

Previous experience required: None
Recommended reading: RYA Competent crew handbook (ref CCPCN)Learn to Sail
Duration of course: 2 days


Competent Crew Course
This course will teach you how to be a competent crew member of a cruising yacht. With successful completion of the course you will be able to steer the yacht under sail and power, understand the principles of sailing and points of sail, sail trim, safety routines such as 'man over board', understand knots and rope-work, row a dinghy and generally safely contribute to daily routines. Children over 9 can be awarded a Competent Crew certificate, whilst learning to sail in such an attractive and warm environment is a pleasant holiday in it's own right.

Previous experience required: NONE
Recommended reading: RYA Competent crew handbook (ref CCPCN)
Duration of Course: 6 days


Day Skipper (non-tidal)
This course is for those who already have some sailing experience and knowledge of navigation, and wish to progress to skipper level. The course provides a good foundation for you to safely and confidently skipper a cruising yacht, skipper a flotilla yacht and is recognised by charter companies in Greece and elsewhere.
On this course you will learn to skipper a yacht safely in non-tidal waters. In addition to boat handling and pilotage, the emphasis is on giving you experience of being in charge. You will be asked to skipper the yacht on a short passage, with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement. The course also covers preparation of a yacht for sea, yacht handling under sail and power,navigation, pilotage and passage making, rules of the road, emergency situations, meteorology and basic boat maintenance.
As we are in Greece, you will get plenty of practice in techniques like 'Med mooring' so you will be able to moor safely and competently and look professional when you bring your own boat into the quay.

Previous minimum experience: 5 days / 100 miles, including 4 night hours
Theoretical knowledge: RYA Day Skipper Shorebased, or equivalent level from experience/self study. For students requiring additional assistance with areas of the shore based course, supplementary tuition during the 6 day practical course is available at a supplement.
Recommended Reading: RYA Day Skipper-shorebased handbook (Ref DSN), for students who have completed the shorebased course. The Complete Day Skipper (Tom Cunliffe), RYA Navigation handbook (Ref G6) & exercises (ref G7)
Duration of Course: 6 days


Coastal Skipper (non-tidal)
This sailing course is for experienced skippers only. This is an advanced course for those with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation. It is the highest level of non-tidal course under the RYA scheme. You will learn the skills needed to skipper a yacht safely, by day or night, throughout the Mediterranean and other non tidal waters. As well as advanced boat-handling under power and sail, dealing with heavy weather passage planning and pilotage, at least one long night passage will be undertaken.
Coastal Skipper examinations for those who have successfully completed the practical course and have the appropriate theory certificates can be arranged.

Previous minimum experience: We recommend that you have at least 10 days experience as skipper and ideally hold a day skipper certificate.
Theoretical knowledge: RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased or equivalent. For students requiring additional assistance with areas of the shore based course, supplementary tuition during the 6 day practical course is available at a supplement
Duration of Course: 6 days


RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation & Examinations
This course is designed for those advanced sailors who want to take the RYA/MCA exams for a Certificate of Competence - Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore. The 6 day course is split into 4½ days training and 1½ days of examination and recovery! The training will cover boat handling, navigation, pilotage, safety with an emphasis on crew and yacht management.

Certification required before exam: Restricted (VHF only) Radio Operator's Certificate First Aid Certificate


Studying chartsTHEORY COURSES
The shorebased courses are designed to complement the practical courses. The longer courses, Day Skipper Shorebased for example, giving essential background information for the practical courses. The shorter courses cover subjects that are important to give students a rounded knowledge. Our shorebased courses are run in Poros.


Day Skipper Shorebased
A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. You will learn how to make decisions on board regarding the safe passage of the vessel you are skippering.

Previous experience required: Some practical experience desirable
Assumed knowledge: None
Duration of course: 5 days (40 hours, 2 exam papers, plus "homework")


Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased
This is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology for candidates for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate.
Previous experience required: Day Skipper Shorebased course
Assumed knowledge: Navigation to Day Skipper Shorebased standard
Duration of course: 6 days (40 hours, 3 exam papers, plus "homework")

PYA has introduced the combined theory and practical courses to allow students to quickly advance through a stage in the RYA Sail Cruising Scheme. Taking a shorebased course immediately followed by the practical course allows you to put all that you have learnt into practice immediately.

Day Skipper
This is a two week package combines the RYA Day Skipper theory & practical courses.


Courses on the Tuition Yacht
When clients book on the tuition yacht the school provides:

  • An instructor
  • Breakfast and a light lunch
  • Bedding
  • Waterproof clothing (when required - not swim suits though!!)
  • Fuel
  • Mooring Fees

    It does not provide/guarantee, unless specific arrangements have been made:

  • A separate cabin (couples may request a double, if available)
  • Evening meals (clients are welcome to cook on board rather than eat ashore)
  • Towels

Own Boat Courses
An instructor, who must be fed and accommodated


Shorebased Courses

What is provided:

  • An instructor
  • A suitable teaching room with any equipment required

What is not provided:

  • Accommodation
  • Note pad, writing implements
  • Day Skipper & Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster: plotter, dividers


Sailing Area

Our sailing courses are generally in the Saronic Gulf where conditions are predictable and ideal for sailing. The weather is almost always sunny and warm. Wind strength is normally F3 - 5. Our base and starting point is on the island of Poros where we also operate the shore based and pre flotilla courses. Poros is a long established yachting bases and an attractive holiday island with the proud history.

The more advanced live aboard courses will typically visit other islands such as Aegina, Agistre, Hydra and Spetses as well as attractive Peloponese coast. There are plenty of challenges for trainee skippers, with stronger winds, traffic separation schemes, sectional lights, and numerous fast boats and busy ferry ports to deal with.

This is an scenic and beautiful area and there will be ample time during the course for swimming off the boat, sight-seeing and exploring. You will find information about some of the places you can visit on our Links page. They include spectacular ancient ruins, picturesque fishing villages and attractive historic towns. The area maintains its traditional Greek character and, although you will find foreign tourists, resorts are geared to Athenian holidaymaker rather than the package tourists, which is always a good sign for authentic cuisine and quality.


Tuition Yacht

Sun Odyssey 37.1 L.O.A.: 11.40m, L.W.L.: 9.70m, Beam: 3.89m, Draft: 1.87m, Sail Area: 68.5m2, Engine: Yanmar 48 HP, Water: 400 lt, Cabins/Berths: 3/6-8, Toilets: 2, Showers: 2

Sun Odyssey 35 L.O.A. 10.75 m, L.W.L. 9.74 m, Beam: 3.49 m,, Engine: Yanmar (29hp), Fuel Capacity: 130 lt, Water Capacity: 310lt, Cabins:3, Berths: 6, Toilet: 1, Showers: 1

Sun Odyssey 37 Interior

Please contact us for current prices and availability.

Other voices:

"Our experience with this course has been marvelous and it was certainly the highlight of our visit to Greece. The boat was comfortable, the atmosphere with the other students was friendly and collegial and the hands-on practice offered by the course was very valuable.

Karen and I share the view that the most critical factor was the outstanding teaching ability of our instructor Mike Gregory at PYA. From the outset, he put us at ease, he communicated clearly the rules, and he was engaging in all aspects of our training. He demanded attention to detail, he was encouraging when we felt pressured or frustrated with our lack of skills, and he was quite fair in his feeback with all students. Teachers with such a high level of professionalism must be hard to come by and we congratulate your school for setting high standards in this area.

We learned a lot and we are motivated to come back, perhaps as part of a flottila in the future. Until then, and in preparation for a coastal skipper exam, we need to put quite a few miles in our log book with our boat in Newfoundland...

Best regards,

George C. (Canada)

PS. I will be sending the feedback forms to the UK and pictures to you in the next few days."

George and his wife Karen successfully completed the RYA Day Skipper course in October 2009.

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