During the 5 days you’ll learn how to steer the yacht, how to hoist and trim the sails, how to handle the anchor, and what all the various ropes do. You’ll be taught basic sailing theory, the names of parts of the boat, useful knots, how to respond to emergency situations, and personal safety guidelines. Competent Crew students take part in all the day-to-day activities from tying on fenders to making lunch. But it’s not all work – you’ll explore the picturesque Saronic Gulf, moor in colourful fishing harbours, and swim in crystal clear waters.
You’ll live aboard the yacht and sail to different places, some of which are more accessible by sea than by road. This is a pretty area, unspoilt by mass tourism, and you’ll see it while travelling in a natural and enjoyable way. At the end of your course you’ll be ready to help sail a yacht as a really useful member of the crew. You’ll also have enough practical experience to move on to the RYA Day Skipper Practical course.
RYA Day Skipper
The Day Skipper (non-tidal) course is for those with sailing experience
& knowledge of navigation who want to learn to skipper a cruising
yacht. You will learn how to sail safely in the Mediterranean or other
non-tidal seas. Following this course, there is an option to spend
a week on your own flotilla yacht, where you can practice your new
Day Skipper teaches you the skills you’ll need to skipper a small yacht by day. It’s a fairly intense course, covering navigation, passage planning, practical pilotage, seamanship and boat-handling, including ‘Med’-mooring – everything you need to become a confident skipper. Just think how you’ll feel bringing your own yacht into the harbour…
RYA Coastal Skipper
The Coastal Skipper (non-tidal) course is for experienced skippers
only. It is the highest level of RYA non-tidal sailing qualification.
After successful completion of this course you can apply to take the
Coastal Skipper examination.
In addition to our RYA practical courses, we offer various shore-based
courses, including SRC and Sea Survival. We also run a couple of longer
milebuilding cruises to the Cyclades in the spring and autumn.
Information about our Practical Courses
Our courses normally start at 18:00 on Sunday and finish by 16:00
on Friday, giving you five days tuition. With a maximum of four students
on board this allows plenty of time for individual attention from
the Instructor. During the week you should also be able to go swimming
or do a little sightseeing.
Our Sailing Area
Our courses cruise in the Saronic and Argolic Gulfs. Here the wind
is normally F3 - F5, ideal for sailing. You can get stronger winds
at times - these provide good experience and do not usually blow for
more than a day at a time. The weather is sunny and dry from May to
September. Outside these months you should expect the occasional thunderstorm
and there may be some cloudy days.
The area provides plenty of variety with busy harbours near to Athens
and unspoilt village quays on the Peloponnese coast. There are plenty
of challenges for trainee skippers, with traffic separation schemes,
sectional lights, and numerous fast boats and ferry routes to deal
with. This is an attractive area and there will be time during the
course for swimming and sight-seeing.
Sailing courses for the disabled
We offer Competent Crew and Day Skipper practical courses to those
with a disability. This includes wheelchair users and the visually
impaired. The courses will be available from mid-June on a custom-built
yacht, Hellas I. Please enquire for further details.
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