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Saronic Gulf islands - Aegina Sailing school

RYA courses Greece

This officially registered and approved RYA sailing school operating in Aegina island can offer RYA courses for all levels.

Aegina is about an hour from Piraeus port (Athens) by hydrofoil and the doorway to the Argo and Saronic gulfs and the Peloponnese mainland coast. It's an ideal area for anyone wishing to learn how to sail because the islands are close together and well protected from northerly and eastern winds which tend to blow in the summer. There are many places you will explore and discover and you will have every opportunity to discover beautiful locations and experience Greek culture. As well as learning how to sail, you will also be able to swim in crystal clear waters.

 
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RYA Competent Crew

The Competent Crew course is suitable for complete novices as well as those with previous dinghy or yacht sailing experience. You will learn all the basics to make you a useful member of the crew. It provides an excellent foundation for those who want to go on to do a skipper's course.

Duration Level Minimum Age
5 Days Beginner/Novice 12
(under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)

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 skills.

Duration Level Minimum age
5 Days Intermediate 16

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…

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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.

Other Courses
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.

Fleet
Yacht Model Built Cabins Use
Philip Bavaria 44 2003 4 group or private courses
Helena Bavaria 45 2013 4 (& 3 heads) private courses and sailing holidays
Bazinga Bavaria 41 2014 3 private courses and sailing holidays
Challenger Bavaria 42 2006 3 group or private courses and sailing holidays.
 

 


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Excellent course. Jake was very patient! Thank you for thinking of everything for us so we could just enjoy ourselves.

Fiona McDougall


Good boat , good weather , good skipper , good sailing, what more can you want !

Don MacDonald


Instructor was very knowledgeable and good at showing what he means. He is very good at ensuring the students know what is expected. The sailing route was good so in addition to learning it was nice to see the harbours. Mix of people on board was great and good to learn with. Great overall.

Michael Pitts

 
  
  

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