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Dinghy Sailing Holidays

A dinghy sailing holiday in Greece is the perfect place to enjoy this exciting sport with warm water, reliable winds and lots of sunshine!

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Sailing - it's what we do best!

All of our Beach Clubs have been hand-picked for their suitability to sailing for all levels. Everyone can get on the water and be sailing solo immediately, whether beginner or expert. 

Our Beach Clubs in Greece offer consistent and reliable conditions: expect a gentle morning breeze every day before the wind builds to offer exciting sailing after lunch. We specialise in sailing for all levels, in sociable groups where the emphasis is always on fun and very much tailored around you.


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If you have never set foot aboard a boat before then don’t be worried, we are here to help you every step of the way. Dinghy sailing is surprisingly simple to grasp and we can have complete beginners sailing solo after their first session.

Whether you’re looking to gain a qualification or just sailing for fun, our small-centre set-up promises the very best on-the-water experience for all abilities. With our FREE and inclusive tuition packages and our own enthusiastic and  experienced RYA instructors on tap, we will ensure you get the very best attention. You can even go home with a new internationally recognised RYA qualification.

Beginners
If you have never set foot aboard a boat before then don’t be worried, we are here to help you every step of the way. Dinghy sailing is surprisingly simple to grasp and we can have complete beginners sailing solo after their first session.

Intermediate & Advanced
Intermediate and advanced sailors will benefit from the high level of instruction on tap, free use of Performance Boats and advanced training modules

Inclusive Tuition
Ocean Elements offers inclusive tuition in all our Beachclubs for ages 13+. Tuition is delivered over 5 days in all resorts, with around 3 hours of tuition each day. Please see our tuition page for more.

 

 

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RYA Beginner Level 1 - 3hrs / 5 days

 

RYA Intermediate Level 2 - 3hrs / 5 days

Start Sailing, get on the water and be sailing solo
after your first morning!
Free in all resorts!

 

The Five Essentials and important manoeuvres to
improve your boat handling skills
Free in all resorts!

 

 

 

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RYA Advanced Level 3 - 3hrs / 5 days

 

Advanced Modules (P Heli & Leda) - 3hrs per session

Level 3 will introduce you to trapezing, spinnaker work
and performance boats.
Vassiliki: Available as Private Tuition (payable extra)
Free in Horto and Porto Heli

 

Sailing with Spinnakers, roll gybes,
high wind sailing, Performance boats, race tactics etc

Vassiliki: Available as Private Tuition (payable extra)
Free in Horto and Porto Heli


How to take part in a course

If you are keen to get an RYA qualification during your stay, please ask our beach team on arrival - after all, they are free to join! Our team will advise you on how to make the most out of your week and get the best out of your sailing. All courses run in easy learning groups which are very sociable and with the emphasis always on fun and progression!

Younger guests can join our excellent RYA Youth Squad programme for dedicated and focussed professional RYA coaching, in order to maximise their progression during their stay.

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The Dinghy Fleet

Each of our Beachclubs has an exciting range of the latest sailing dinghies which are free for you to use all week, and we don't charge extra for using our Performance boats like the RS100, RS200, RS500 and RS800!

See individual resort pages for specific equipment lists at each location.

We have an extensive range to choose from, and there is always a boat available. Our Beach Staff will rig, tune and de-rig boats for you, so you can maximise your time on the water. If you would like to use a particular Performance boat, then don't be concerned; we can almost always guarantee that whatever boat, you will have more than enough time in it during your stay.

Our fleet covers all abilities: boats for children and family day sailors to exciting single and double handers. Let us take you for a spin in a high performance boat, show you the ropes and help you step up into a more exciting boat this summer!

To take a boat out on your own, we will ask that you have at least some sailing experience, but Starter lessons will be available for those that don’t.

 

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The Sailing Conditions

Our waterfront opening times are generally from 10.00 - 18.00, meaning you can enjoy a range of conditions in a single day...

All of our centres offer flat water, reliable thermal winds, and most importantly, warm water and lots of sunshine! The mornings always start with a gentle breeze (F1-2) which makes sailing fun for beginners and lets the expert sailors practice core skills like spinnaker handling.

The thermal wind is a feature of all our resorts and will gradually build around late morning or lunchtime to offer excellent sailing conditions by the afternoon, (F3-5). With our experienced team on hand, sailors of all abilities can test themselves in some of the most reliable and consistent winds in Greece. 

 


 

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Children and Sailing

Kids can start sailing from a very young age, and parents are always welcome to sail with their children. We offer a free Kids Club which give children an introduction to sailing, and our fantastic RYA Youth Squad programme offers dedicated and focussed tuition for 8-13 year olds.

Kids age 13 years and over can join the adult sailing groups as normal.

 

 

 

The best boats, free to use all week!

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Each of our Beach Clubs offers an exciting range of the latest sailing dinghies and catamarans which are free for you to use all week. We have an extensive range of single and double handed boats and family cruisers to choose from, and there's a big fleet so we always have plenty of boats available for exclusive use by our guests.

Performance Boats

Unlike some other operators, we don't make any extra charge for using our high end and performance sailing dinghies. We have boats for all abilities and one of the greatest ranges of performance boats in the industry. Let us take you for a spin in a high performance boat, or show you the ropes and then hand over the reins - helping you step up into a more exciting boat this summer! Performance boats include the RS 100, RS 200, RS 500 & RS 800.

 

Experience and lessons

To take a boat out on your own, we will ask that you have at least some sailing experience. Whether you are a complete novice, have a done a little sailing before or are a regular club sailor - we have tuition which will suit you! The RYA Level 1 and 2 courses are available for FREE in all resorts, while Advanced sailors can join the Level 3 course and Advanced Modules in the resorts of Porto Heli and Horto - again for free.

Our Sailing Dinghies

 

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Laser Pico 

Laser 1 - 4.7, Radial and Standard

Laser Vago

     
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Laser Bahia

Topper Xenon

Topper Topaz 16 Cat

     
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 Hobie Catsy

 RS 100

 RS 200

     
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 RS 500

 RS 800

 RS Feva

     
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RS Venture

Dart 16

RS Cat 16

     
RS Sunfish Dinghy Sailing in Greece    

RS Sunfish

 

 

     

Inclusive Tuition - all Beach clubs

Ocean Elements offers inclusive tuition (free lessons) in all our Beachclubs. In Vassiliki, Porto Heli and Horto, you can enjoy tuition delivered over 5 days of your holiday. Lessons typically run for around 3 hours a day and are structured to follow the RYA Sailing or Windsurfing Schemes. If you would like to attain an RYA qualification, some additional theory study will be necessary, often delivered over a drink at the beach bar!

Don't forget that all beach clubs offer you the chance to go Free Sailing if lessons aren't your thing! Free tuition starts at 13yrs +. Younger sailors should make use of our excellent Youth Squad programme.

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RYA courses - Dinghy Sailing

  • Free for all guests in all resorts 

Our popular RYA courses have a fun and sociable atmosphere and are a great way to meet new people - you can expect easy-learning group sessions with other guests at our Centres. RYA courses give you the exciting opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification during your stay, and all as part of your holiday cost. The only small charge we make is for logbooks or certificates.

Whether you are new to dinghy sailing or looking for a step up to the next level, our team of patient and energetic RYA instructors are there to help every step of the way, in any way they can. Our beach team will also rig and de-rig boats and kit for you, leaving you free to come and go from the pool or beach bar as you wish.

For children age 4-12yrs, our Kids Clubs are free in Vassiliki, Horto and Porto Heli, and aim to introduce kids to watersports using joyrides and taster sessions in amongst land-based games and fun. Alternatively kids age 8-13 can join our excellent RYA Youth Squad programme for dedicated and focussed RYA coaching. Perfect for budding sailors and aspiring pro's!

 The Level 1 & 2 Dinghy Sailing Courses are available in all resorts. Level 3 and Advanced Modules are available for free in Horto and Porto Heli. Level 3 and Advanced Modules are available in Vassiliki as a paid extra - subject to availability with a Private Instructor.

More about our tuition

 

Beginners: Are you new to sailing?

Lesson levels & RYA courses available

Children and tuition

Private Tuition

 

Are you new to sailing?

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If you have never set foot aboard a boat before then don’t be worried, we are here to help you every step of the way. Dinghy sailing is surprisingly simple to grasp and we can have complete beginners sailing solo after their first session.

Whether you’re looking to gain a qualification or just sailing for fun, our small-centre set up promises the very best on-the-water experience for all abilities; and with enough inclusive tuition in every centre to get you up and going from our own Royal Yachting Association instructors, you will come away with a new skill and, (hopefully), a new or reinvigorated passion for the sport of sailing.

 

 

How to take part in an RYA course

If you are keen to get an RYA qualification during your stay, please ask our beach team on arrival. Our team will advise you on how to make the most out of your week and get the best out of your sailing. All courses run in fun and sociable groups where the emphasis is always about fun, and your new-found sailing comrades make a Beach Club holiday so much fun off the water as much as on it! Younger guests (8-13yrs) can join our excellent Youth Squad for dedicated and focussed professional RYA tuition.

 

RYA Course Levels

 

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Level 1: Start Sailing
(Beginner)

5 days (16hrs)

    

You will start from the beach in warm, shallow waters and light winds. Expect lots of support from your instructors and a safety boat to offer peace of mind. Progress at your own pace in our friendly, sociable group lessons each day to gain an RYA qualification during your week.

All resorts - Included in your holiday package

 Level 2: Basic Skills (Intermediate)

5 days (16hrs)   

If you’ve completed your Level One and are happy tacking and gybing, then Level Two is the ideal course for you. The course will start with a refresher on tacks and gybes before introducing you to the Five Essentials and some important manoeuvres.Your instructor will aim to improve your overall boat handling skills and get you confidently sailing a Laser, or similar, solo as well as introducing you to larger boats such as the Bahia.

All resorts - Included in your holiday package

 Level 3: Better Sailing
(Advanced)


5 days (16hrs)   

Once you are confidently performing all of the Level Two skills, the Level Three course will start to introduce you to trapezing, spinnaker work and performance boats.Level 3 focuses on really getting the best from your sailing. You will begin the week revisiting the core skills of the level 2 course before looking at some tasters of the advanced sessions by doing some trapezing, spinnaker sailing and showing your competitive side with a bit of friendly racing


Horto & Porto Heli - Included in your holiday package. 

 Level 4: Advanced Modules
(Expert)


5 days (16hrs)   

For high level intermediate sailors, club racers and expert sailors, you can always learn more!Sailing with spinnakers, performance sailing and seamanship skills form the core of the Advanced Modules. Courses focus on advanced boat tuning, asymmetric spinnaker handling, race starts and tactics, roll gybes, high wind sailing, video coaching, an introduction to or progression in high performance boats, support-boat-based coaching, and getting your boat planing!

Horto & Porto Heli - Included in your holiday package. 

 

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Children and Coaching:

All Centres
Children under 13 years can join our excellent and free Kid's Clubs where they are on the water most days, messing around in boats, on boards or kayaks - in between shore based activities like face painting, flip flop golf, mini resort adventures and so much more. Their actual windsurf or sailing experiences will be limited to taster sessions and joyrides. If you would like your child to receive professional coaching, our Youth Squad allows your budding water sports fans to really excel!

 

Youth Squad
£159 for 5days (8-13 yrs)
Youth Squad is a club designed with young watersports enthusiasts in mind, from beginner to advanced ability. All Squad members will receive a ‘Youth Squad’ rash vest and dedicated coaching from our own Royal Yachting Association (RYA) instructors for a minimum of 3 hours, 5 days a week. Youth Squad develops children’s watersports skills by following the RYA youth syllabus. Each child will receive an RYA logbook and throughout the week their instructor will sign off all their sailing and windsurfing achievements with the aim of returning home with a new qualification. Youth Squad is available in all CentresPicture

 

Free-sailing

The beach is generally open from 10am to 6pm each day. All guests are required to attend Beach Safety briefing before going on the water. You may dip in and out of lessons at your convenience, and free-sail at your leisure, providing that you are sufficiently competent to sail a boat or board. If you require a starter or brush up lesson to be able to do your own thing - then that is of course what we can do for you on your first morning!

 

 

Our Instructors

All our instructors are all fully qualified RYA (Royal Yachting Association) professionals. All instructors are British, and carefully selected for their friendly, outgoing and energetic natures. They are full of advice for all levels: beginner to high level advanced sailors and on hand all day for advice, tips and guidance. They play an active role on and off the beach in all parts of your holiday, so outside of lessons they are always there to offer tips and keen to give advice.

 

 

Private tuition

All our holidays include tuition to get you started or to brush up some old skills. However you may prefer extra tuition or one-on-one tuition to help focus on a specific technique or skill. Private tuition is available as a paid for extra on arrival in resort and our very own Private Lessons Instructor will be on hand to advise and take orders. Lessons start at £25 per hour for one-on-one tuition, and £40 for one-on-two.

 


* Free RYA tuition is available for children aged 13 or older.

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