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RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Sailing courses Greece
POROS ISLAND (Saronic Gulf, near Athens)

RYA courses Greece

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

Poros island is 1.5 hours by hydrofoil from Piraeus port (Athens) in the heart of the Argo Saronic gulf. It's an ideal location for learning to sail because you are in the heart of small bays, pretty ports with short sailing legs between stops. During the course you will have the opportunity to visit a new location each day, swim in crystal clear waters, and experience life on board a sailing yacht in the Greek islands.


Courses are offered from March to November, usually by the week, from Saturday to Saturday. The practical courses are 5 days, but you will have six days sailing so an extra day for practice. Boarding is at 5pm on Saturday and you disembark the following Saturday in the morning. The boat will set sail from Poros on Sunday morning and return on Friday afternoon.

All courses are offered on the RYA training yacht (Sun Odyssey 36i or Sun Odyssey 37) though in some cases larger yachts can be substituted. There is also a large fleet of yachts that can be offered for private charter with your own instructor.

The maximum number of students on any course / boat is 5 per instructor.



In order to skipper a boat by yourself, the minimum requirement is the Day Skipper certification, or ICC. A second crew member who has done the Competent Crew course would be a valuable asset to any skipper on board.

All courses are conducted in the English language so a good/fluent use of English is essential.


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 its own right

This is the ideal course for novices and for dinghy sailors who want to start sailing on cruising yachts.



Minimum Age

6 Days


Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult


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. This experience should have been in the form of active participation in the sailing of a similar sized yacht - ideally a Competent Crew course.

Theoretical knowledge: RYA Day Skipper Shorebased, or equivalent level from experience/self study. For students requiring additional assistance with areas of the shorebased course some extra tuition can be given but this is no substitute for being properly prepared before you arrive on Poros. We also offer online courses that you can do in your own time before arriving in Greece for the practical course.



Minimum Age

6 Days









For more details about each course, please see: RYA Sailing Courses

We also offer shorebased theory courses and combined courses, as well as pre-flotilla refresher courses and an introduction to sailing for minors (Start Yachting).

Practical courses are normally five days but we offer you a full week on board, from Saturday 5pm to the following Saturday at 9.00 am, so there will be time to also enjoy the Greek islands and relax after a day's sailing.

Practical courses 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.

Please contact us for details.

When you book a course on the tuition yacht the school provides:

A fully qualified instructor, a sleeping berth (single or shared double), breakfast and a light lunch, bedding, wWaterproof clothing (when required - not swim suits though!!), fuel, water, mooring fees, provisions on board for breakfast and a light lunch.

If you book a RYA practical course we will give you a free RYA Sail Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus & Log Book or a RYA voucher to spend on further training.

We do not provide/guarantee, unless specific arrangements have been made:

A separate cabin (couples may request a double cabin and individuals may pay a supplement, if a cabin is available), evening meals (clients are welcome to cook on board rather than eat ashore), Towels (can be provided at €5 set (one large / one small), flights to Greece or transfers to Poros Island (transfers can be arranged on request).

Own Boat Tuition

If you do not own your own yacht you may charter one of the suitably prepared charter yachts from the local fleet. We have a range of yachts from 32 feet to 50 feet, mostly Jeanneau.

When you book an instructor to join you on a yacht you have chartered:

We organise a suitably qualified instructor to join you, we ask you to arrange suitable accommodation (normally a separate cabin) and meals for the instructor. If, at the end of the course, your instructor is not dropped back to our base on Poros Island you will be responsible for the return travel costs. This will be payable locally at cost. Bed linen is provided.

What is not provided:

Running costs: fuel, water, provisions, meals, port fees, end cleaning charge, towels (can be provided at €5 set (one large / one small), flights to Greece or transfers to Poros Island (transfers can be arranged on request).

Shorebased Courses When you book a shorebased course the school arranges:

A fully qualified instructor, a suitable teaching room with any equipment required, note pad, writing implements

What is not provided:

Accommodation & meals, flights to Greece or transfers to Poros Island (transfers can be arranged on request).


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A first class act. Sue's handling of enquires and emails were also done very well.

Nicholas, May 2011

Really enjoyed sailing with Graham.

Stanescu, June 2011

Than you for providing a great framework for the training week.

Ane & Lars, June 2011

Fantastic experience and very caring instructor.

Hani, July 2011


Full marks for everything.

Sandro, August 2011


Excellent tuition, most competent instructor, most pleasant a real mentor. Inspiring. Overall smashing. Warm hospitality. We will be back. Thank you.

Elena, April 2010


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