are new to sailing or have crewed on a cruising yachts and want to get
more involved learning to sail is for you. Learning to sail is fun and
you learn a new skill that opens up the world sail cruising….
Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
training courses are available?
The UK based Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has
a well thought out structured syllabi for all types of water sports.
The Sail Cruising Syllabus starts with learning to be crew member going
all the way up to skippering (being the captain) on an ocean passage.
If you are new to sailing the RYA Competent Crew
course takes a student with no prior experience (but a sense of
adventure) and teaches you to be a full member of crew.
If you are already familiar with crewing the next level
is to train as a RYA Day Skipper. There are normally two
elements to the training, a shorebased theory course and a practical
course. When you have successfully completed the practical course you
would be qualified to go sailing a cruising yacht, with a suitable crew,
on your own.
sailing schools also run specialised courses. Fore example, Poros
Yachting Academy run pre-flotilla courses which enable families and
groups of friends to sail on flotillas (click
here) after a weeks training.
What prior experience is need?
Competent Crew and PYA’s Pre-Flotilla (6 day) courses assume
no prior sailing experience.
above, the RYA Day Skipper syllabus is covered in two courses.
The shorebased course assumes no previous knowledge although some
practical experience is desirable. The practical course has a
suggested minimum experience of 5 days on board, 100 sea miles and 4
night hours; in addition it is assumed that students have a basic
knowledge of navigation, collision regulations, etc. to the Day Skipper
Shorebased standard and a basic sailing ability.
|How long do
the courses last?
RYA courses are generally run over 5 or 6 days, as are
full pre-flotilla courses. Specialised courses can be of any duration –
a pre-flotilla refresher course would run over 3 days.
|How much does
this type of holiday cost?
A mid season Competent
Crew trip on a
training yacht with Poros Yachting Academy is priced at €659.00, this
price includes breakfast and lunch, and all the costs of running the
training yacht. In addition to this cost you will have to pay for your
evening meals ashore, say €105.00. A total cost of €764.00. This
excludes flights to Greece the cost of which varies enormously and will
depend on from where you are travelling. Transfers from Athens airport
to Poros Island would cost approximately €25.00 per person each way.
the courses run?
because the RYA is a UK based there are a large number of schools
there. However, if you want to get away from the rain and cold there
are schools all over the world, including (of course) Greece.
Our sailing school, Poros Yachting
Academy, whose teaching yachts cruise the Saronic & Argolic Gulfs
run RYA and other specialised courses, click on their logo to display the details: