Sailing Holidays

RYA sail training holidays in Aegina, Greece

Aegina is an unspoilt Greek island, less than an hour from Athens by hydrofoil, and the perfect place for you to get your RYA practical sailing certificates in the sun, whether you're a complete novice looking for RYA Competent Crew qualification or a crew member ready to achieve RYA Day Skipper.

Singles and couples can book onto the 5-day shared courses which run with up to 5 students sleeping onboard a tuition yacht. Couples and groups can also hire a private instructor and yacht for the week. Students may have different levels of experience, but different courses run on the same boat at the same time. 

Private tuition is ideal for families who want to get a mixture of training. While adults complete the or RYA Day Skipper course, children over 8 can get their RYA Competent Crew, and younger kids can get involved looking out for wildlife and learning knots.

To ensure success in your RYA Day Skipper qualification you need to have previous experience of chart work, navigation, buoyage, collision regulations. If you do not have theoretical knowledge you can take the popular 7 day RYA Essential Navigation + Day Skipper Practical package. Navigation and chart work is taught over the weekend before your practical course and you stay in a nice hotel for two nights while studying the theory.

The school is run by a team of highly experienced English and Greek instructors, chosen as much for their friendly personalities as their full RYA instructor qualifications.

The practical courses are 5 days long, Monday to Friday, with arrival on Sunday afternoon. The package course starts 9:30 Saturday morning so arrival on the Friday is necessary. Athens is well served with direct flights from the Heathrow and Gatwick. From Athens airport, there is a airport bus to Piraeus ferry port where you can catch a hydrofoil ferry for a 40 minute boat trip straight to Aegina.

The sailing area includes picturesque islands and traditionally Greek ports in the Saronic Gulf which are relatively unspoilt by foreign tourism. Although close to Athens, once you set sail, you'll be well away from the crowds.

RYA Competent Crew & Day Skipper practical courses - 5 days

Summer 2017 (Jun-Sep): £1175/person (single); £999/person (shared cabin)

Discounts available for off-season months

Includes: Accommodation Sun-Fri, all yacht expenses, RYA course books and certificates, linen & towels, loan of waterproof jackets in low season, breakfast & lunch 
Not included: flights to Athens and transfers by ferry to Aegina, evening meals.

RYA Essential Navigation & Day Skipper package - 7 days

Summer 2017 (Jun-Sep): £1575/person (single) £1307/person (shared cabin)

Discounts available for off-season months

Includes: Accommodation ashore Fri & Sat and onboard Sun-Fri, all yacht expenses, RYA course books and certificates, linen & towels,  loan of waterproof jackets in low season,  breakfast & lunch 
Not included: flights to Athens and transfers by ferry to Aegina, evening meals.

Flights to Athens are not included but can be arranged.


RYA Competent Crew Practical Course

This is a 5 day course for beginners who want to become active crew members. By the end of the course, you’ll know how to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist with everyday tasks onboard.

Suggested pre-course experience: None
Assumed knowledge: None 
Minimum age: None
Duration: 5 days
Course content: Knowledge of terms & parts, sail handling, rope work, safety, basic meteorology, helmsmanship, general duties, keeping a log, sail with a dinghy.
Ability after course: By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines on board.
Number of students: Maximum 5.

RYA Day Skipper Practical Sailing Course 

By the end of this 5 day course, you’ll be able to skipper your own small yacht in familiar waters. The course teaches pilotage, navigation, seamanship & boat handling. This is the minimum level for people who want to charter a sailboat.

Suggested pre-course experience: 5 days sea time, including 100 miles and 4 night hours. 
Assumed knowledge: Day Skipper theory course knowledge is recommended. Completion of the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship online theory course is compulsory before taking part in the practical Day Skipper course.
Duration: 5 days
Course content: Pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation.
Ability after course: Can skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.
Number of students: Maximum 5.

RYA Essential Navigation & Day Skipper practical package

If you are already a competent crew member, this is a popular combination of courses to take your sailing to the next level. You study navigation & chart-work over the weekend immediately before taking your RYA Day Skipper Practical.

Previous experience: RYA Competent Crew or equivalent experience.
Assumed knowledge: Day Skipper theory course knowledge is recommended. Completion of the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship online theory course is compulsory before taking part in the practical Day Skipper course.
Duration: 7 days
Course content: Navigation & chart work. Pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation.
Ability after course: Can skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.
Number of students: Maximum 5.

RYA courses are offered through RYA Recognised Training centre Aegean Sailing School.

"We chartered Icarus to celebrate a big birthday and could not have made a better selection. A beautiful boat with excellent skipper and hostess who will make you feel at home within minutes and you will wish for nothing. Robert is an expert skipper and teacher if you want to get involved, as well as having tremendous knowledge and experience of the area. The yacht is spotless, cabins are spacious and well equipped, the deck is spacious and sunbeds are laid out to sunbathe in comfort. Thank you for a fantastic holiday!!"
Crewed Yacht Icarus 2016 - B.M.

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