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AeginaAegina 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 Theory & Practical Combined package. We ask you to complete the 10 hour online RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship course before arriving in Aegina. Once in Aegina, you will stay in a nice hotel for two nights whilst taking part in the classroom based theory tuition which covers the more advanced topics which you will need. The next five days is spent on the training yacht completing the practical section of the course.

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 Friday evening. 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.

Learn to sail in Aegina in Greece

  • Overview
    RYA Competent Crew Course
    RYA Day Skipper Course
    RYA Essential Navigation Course
    RYA course Greece

    Overview

    • Learn from the experts to skipper your own yacht
    • Enjoy a holiday whilst gaining valuable new skills
    • Breakfasts and lunches included whilst onboard
    • Discounted rates for out of season courses
    • Courses for all abilities
    • Children can take part on the Competent Crew course
    • Individuals or couples/groups all welcome
  • Competent Crew Course

    RYA Competent Crew Course

    This is a 5 day course for beginners who want to become active crew members. By the end of the course, you will 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.

    5 Days Liveaboard Practical Tuition

    Summer 2018 (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 courses are offered through RYA Recognised Training centre Aegean Sailing School.

  • Day Skipper Course

    RYA Day Skipper 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.
    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.

    5 Days Liveaboard Practical Tuition

    Summer 2018 (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 courses are offered through RYA Recognised Training centre Aegean Sailing School.

  • Essential Navigation + Day Skipper Course

    RYA Essential Navigation + Day Skipper Theory and Practical Combined

    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 up to Day Skipper Theory level or equivalent. Completion of the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship online theory course is compulsory before arriving in Aegina.
    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.

    2 Days Shorebased Tuition + 6 Days Liveaboard Practical Tuition

    Summer 2018 (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.

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

"Everything was great; the local operator was good, the boat was fantastic, their staff were all very helpful & the lead boat crew were great!"

Ionian Flotilla 2018 - A.H.

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.