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Introduction to yachting course

If you've never sailed before and you're on a stay and sail holiday, you'll find the ‘introduction to yachting' course super useful, and of course, pretty much essential!


The 'introduction to yachting' course is available from Retreat Beachclub and Vounaki Beachlub, which are both in Greece. You'll be amazed at how quickly and easily you'll pick it up. Heaps of fun and packed full of information, the four day course will teach you everything you need to know to get you safely from day one to day seven of your flotilla, taking to the helm as captain of your own ship.

At a glance...
  • Learn to sail in four days
  • Maximum five per training yacht
  • Private courses available
  • Get your RYA level 2 cruising certificate
  • Available at Retreat or Vounaki Beachclubs

The training is hands on, so you'll be out sailing everyday, and your instructor knows to make time for the odd picnic, refreshing sea swims and taverna lunches. By the end of the week you'll be checking out of your room and running down the jetty, eager to get your yacht out to sea and put into practice all that you have learnt!

The training

Over the course of four days you’ll develop the skills you need to skipper your own yacht up, down and around the islands and coastline of the Ionian.


Our dedicated trainers will train you on a yacht with a maximum of four other guests. In reality you’ll be gaining some practical knowledge of sailing, essential mooring skills (that’s parking up to you and me), how to drop anchor, the all important safety skills and loads more top tips from our savvy trainers.


You’ll come away with your Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Level 2 cruising certificate.

Private courses

Are you a family of keen sailors or a group of friends? Book our private course and you’ll all learn together, on the same yacht.

It’s still just a maximum of five per yacht and children aged between 13 and 15 can join in (our standard course is suitable for anyone aged 16 or over), any younger and they’ll probably just get a little bit bored and distracted. We’ll go at a pace that means you can relax and learn, all at the same time.

If this sounds like something you want to do, just ask one of our sales team for more details.

How to book

If this sounds like the holiday and course for you, give one of our team a call. We can't book stay and sail holidays online as there's quite a bit to sort out.


Call us to chat through your requirements or to book on 0333 014 3350

Where to go for yacht training...

Retreat Beachclub

Retreat Beachclub

Sivota , Greece

From £579pp
Swimming pool at Vounaki Beachclub

Vounaki Beachclub

Paleros , Greece

From £645pp