RYA Dinghy Sailing Courses

Seafarer Training Nikiana, is our dinghy, windsurf and power boat sailing school based at NIkiana Beach Club on the island of Lefkas in Greece.

Learning to dinghy sail or windsurf in the warm and sunny Ionian has obvious advantages. Even in early season, thanks to the pleasant water temperatures wet suits are not required, whilst the consistent wind patterns of light winds in the morning with fresher winds in the afternoon, mean that all abilities are catered for.

Many of our guests choose to book a sailing course during their one or two week holiday after which they have plenty of opportunity to practice their new skills given the range of craft and the fact that you have unlimited use each day. 

Power boat courses are aimed at those perhaps wishing to purchase a powerboat in future or to improve and formalise their skills for use with a sailing club or sailing a school.

See also our section on our Fastrack Instructor Courses also run at this centre 

Whatever course you require, you will be tautght by English speaking RYA qualified instructors at a centre that is run and equipped according the stringent RYA safety standards as well as those of the Hellenic coastguard.

For details of accommodation during your stay, facilities and equipment at our centre and details of the surrounding area please refer to the section on Nikiana Beach Club

Sailing Courses

  • Dinghy or Windsurf refresher, Complimentary

This is a free 1 hour session aimed at those ‘rusty’ sailors or windsurfers that require a quick mind jolting experience. Our instructors will refresh your memory with land drills, questions and answers and taking you through boat and board techniques. Please note: this is not a beginner class.

  • Introduction to sailing encompassing RYA Level 1 Start Sailing £89pp

This course is run over a minimum  of 16 hours throughout the week. It is offered to complete sailing novices so no experience required. You will learn the sailing basics, boat control and the all important ‘wind awareness’.

  • Improving techniques encompassing RYA level 2 Basic Skills £89pp 

So you have done a couple of weekends sailing, and you are lookingto progress to the next step?This course takes you to the next level. By the end of the course you will be sailing happily, tacking, gybing and using the ‘5 essential’s’. Putting your capsize recovery into practice and learning how to rig your own boat and launch it in a variety of wind conditions.

  • Individual Assessments. £25pp

(Book in resort subject to availability) Our Beach Clubs offer the opportunity to have an assessment on any aspect of the RYA dinghy sailing syllabus (except keelboat). If you are a competent sailor and would like the certificate to prove it we can help. You will receive an assessment by one of our instructors and subject to your ability you will receive an RYA certificate and logbook. Should you miss out initially, you will receive a free re-assessment at the end of the week after you have brushed up on your skills.

  • One hour sessions £15pp

(Book in resort subject to availability) If you would like just a little reminder and don’t want to do the full courses. We offer one hour slots in any aspect of the dinghy sailing syllabus (subject to conditions & availability). Windsurf tuition on a one hour basis also on offer on the same basis.

  • Introduction to windsurfing encompassing RYA Start Windsurfing £89pp

This course is run over a minimum of 16 hours throughout the week. It is offered to complete windsurfing novices so no experience required. You will learn the windsurfing basics, board control and the all important ‘wind awareness’.

  • RYA Powerboat Level 1 £115pp (16 years and above)

(Subject to availability) Complete beginner powerboat course. Available on demand, bookable in resort.

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 £115pp (16 years and above)

(Subject to availability) Aimed at those budding power boaters, the level 2 course gives you the knowledge to handle a small powerboat, knowledge of safety standards and basic meteorology & maintenance . We ask that guests have some previous power boating experience to attend this course.

  • RYA Safety Boat Course £130pp (16 years and above)

(Subject to availability) More advanced power boating, ideal for those looking to join sailing schools or becoming a senior dinghy/windsurf Instructor. Available on demand, bookable in resort.

We also offer a complimentary end of the week Regatta, sailing & windsurfing theory clinics. Safety boat supervision is always  on hand during beach front opening hours.

Please note that all RYA Training courses are based on a minimum of 16 hours of tuition.

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