Our second RYA Yacht Training Centre, based in Zaton near Sibenik, offers the full range of RYA practical courses in the Sail Cruising scheme.
Our training Centre in Croatia offers more varied conditions, Whilst still being a popular holiday destination. You will encounter well-marked channels, IALA buoyage and larger marinas culminating in a challenging night sail. Providing you with the confidence to sail in a comprehensive range of destinations.
Reliable weather can be relied upon during the season between early May and late October, with temperatures ranging from the low 20s in the early/late season up to the high 30s in July and August.
Generally, the prevailing wind is from the North / North West, and the strength ranges from force 3 to force 5. Stronger sailing breezes can be expected in the afternoons, between 2 and 5pm. Due to the mountainous nature of the islands, you can usually count on some excellent local winds – your instructor will know where to be at the right time!
Want a more relaxed location? See also our Greek Training Centre.
For more information on the RYA, Seafarer and our standards of training, please take a look at our Training Centres page.
Training Alongside Our Flotilla
We have been delivering high quality yachting holidays for more than 25 years now, and we identified that many who learn how to sail exclusively in the UK find themselves without the skills necessary to fully enjoy a Mediterranean sailing holiday. Our two Mediterranean RYA Training Centres now operate alongside our Flotillas which, we believe, gives two major benefits.
Firstly most RYA courses are 5 days, and by conducting them over a week, we can create the right balance of tuition and fun. Children have a chance to meet other children and there is time to enjoy the social aspects of our Flotilla. We organise a variety of events including a welcome party, beach party and other activities or trips ashore to keep everyone entertained.
Secondly, if you are hoping to take your family or friends sailing in the future, Flotilla offers one of the best ways to do this. Learning alongside the Flotilla can be a real confidence boost, with an extra pair of hands to help when needed. While you learn to sail, you will meet other skippers who have already benefited from sailing with a flotilla. You’ll see how our flotillas work and see the benefits and flexibility this can offer you as you progress beyond tuition into the world of sailing.
Find out more about this flotilla here.
School Yacht Training
Courses start on Saturday where you will be greeted by your instructor and welcomed onboard. The tuition starts the next morning, and by Monday evening you’ll be away from base and ready to explore your first destination. Join the Flotilla at the punch party, and you can share stories from your first day on the water.
The evening flotilla activities are entirely optional, and during the day, your instructor and fellow students will focus on the course syllabus. Breakfast and lunches are included giving you the time to focus on learning and having fun.
By the end of each day, you will be able to treat yourself to a well-earned drink and a meal. Sailing is a social sport, and an RYA sailing course can be a perfect way to make new friends. Our RYA instructors have been chosen for their friendly approach as well as their expertise. The time you spend with us is as much about fun as it is a learning experience.
If you would like more privacy or you would like a more individual experience, we also offer private tuition on all our courses. You’ll stay onboard a dedicated yacht with your party and your instructor. As always, the flotilla activities mentioned above are entirely optional, and you do not have to take part if you do not want to.
Our RYA instructor will guide you through the course of your choice.
For larger groups or families, this can work out the same price as our tuition yachts. You will also have access to our much larger fleet of yachts and be able to choose something to suit – perhaps a newer or larger yacht for your family.
This can also offer some flexibility in the itinerary if there is something particular you wanted to do. Your RYA instructor will be able to advise you on things you can do and see within the limits of the course objectives.
Courses To Suit All
Private tuition means more flexibility – as well as the full range of one week RYA courses, we can offer bespoke training to suit the needs of your party.
Private Tuition Costs
It’s simple, choose your flotilla or bareboat holiday and add an instructor at £1,195 per week. In addition, you will need to have a yacht large enough for a private cabin for the instructor and you are responsible for his or her food. If you are unsure as to whether to join flotilla or go bareboat, please give us a call and we can advise on the best options for you and your party.
2022 Dates and Prices
|Price per person, per week||Location||Saloon bunk (sofabed)||Sharing a cabin for 2||Single occupancy of a cabin|
|2nd April to 20th May 2022||Sibenik||£645 / €742||£695 / €799||£1043 / €1199|
|21st May to 23rd September 2022||Sibenik||£745 / €857||£795 / €914||£1193 / €1,372|
|24th September to 28th October 2022||Sibenik||£645 / €742||£695 / €799||£1043 / €1199|
- +£50 per person for en-suite cabin, all other cabins have a shared shower/WC
- 10% multiple course discount applies when 2 or more courses are booked for an individual at the same time.
- ICC Assessment (3-4 hours) £100 per person
- £50 discount when you buy an online Navathome Theory Course
- 6 full days of tuition (Sunday to Friday)
- Operating costs of the yacht (fuel, water, gas, mooring fees)
- Provisioning for breakfasts, light lunches and snacks
- Instruction from qualified Cruising Instructors and Yachtmaster Instructors
- Bed linen and towels
Recommended Pre-course Material
Cruising Scheme Logbook G158 – Whilst we try to have these available for purchase in resort, we recommend that you purchase these prior to your course. You can purchase these from the RYA online shop.
Competent Crew Skills CCPCN – For those taking the Competent Crew Course
Day Skipper Practical Course Notes – For those taking the Day Skipper Practical Course
Additional Costs & Discounts
Croatian Kuna is the national currency. Food in the evening is not included. Generally, you can expect to pay around 150-200 Kuna (£15-£20) per person for an evening meal. Although most places take card, it is good practice to have enough cash with you to cover any bill. Cash points are available near our base in Zaton and Sibenik as well as some larger villages and towns. Your instructor knows precisely where and when you can get more, and they will keep you updated.
As an independent company, we can keep our prices highly competitive – if you see a like for like product featured elsewhere cheaper, let us know, and we will beat it!
Subject to availability at the time of booking.
Flights, Transfers & Location
We can arrange a flight and transfer package for you. Your holiday with us is financially secure as we are ATOL licensed. We have been trading since 1995, and with over 25 years under our belts, you can book with total confidence.
All courses start and end on Saturday, there are direct flights to the nearest airport Split (SPU) from.
Alternatively, you can fly to Zadar (ZAD), this is just as near to our base as split. However, transfers from here can cost more, unless you are a larger party sharing a taxi.
Flight time is approximately 2 hours.
The transfer time from the airport to the Yacht is about 60 minutes. We can arrange private or group transfers.
Our Tuition Yachts
Our primary tuition yacht in Zaton is a Harmony 42 “Vestavagoy”. With two double guest cabins (1 en-suite), the yachts are never overcrowded. With an ample cockpit, wheel steering and spacious saloon, there is room for everyone to spread out and relax. The yachts are fully equipped with a music system with cockpit speakers, deck shower, hot water and all the safety equipment required to make your course safe, secure and relaxing.
- Furling genoa
- Battened mainsail with lazyjack system
- Storm jib
- Self-tailing winches
- Spinnaker pole
- Running rigging for pole triangulation
- Croatian regulation life jackets
- Slim line inflatable life jackets
- Fixed DSC VHF radio + handheld VHF radio
- Emergency VHF aerial
- Jack Stays
- Life Raft
- 2 x Lifebuoy (with lights), Danbuoy and throwing line
- Emergency tiller
- Gas detector in saloon
- Smoke detectors in each cabin
- Wheel steering
- Bimini sun top
- Wind, speed & depth instruments
- Electric windlass, bow anchor and chain
- Mooring warps, spare warps, long line (50m)
- Kedge anchor & chain
- Dinghy and outboard engine
- Cockpit cushions
- Cockpit speakers
- Cockpit shower
- Brush and boat hook
- GPS Chartplotter
- Local area charts
- Pilot book / Cruising guide, logbook
- List of lights
- Dividers, plotter, hand bearing compass
- Pencils, rubber, sharpener, notepad
- Plates, side plates, bowls and cutlery
- Saucepans, frying pans, cooking utensils
- Tea towels, kitchen roll, washing up liquid, bin bags
- Glasses, mugs, cafatiere, corkscrew