Seafarer Training Croatia

Learn to Sail and qualify as a skipper in the Dalmatian Islands

Unleash your inner sailor on an unforgettable adventure in Croatia with Seafarer Training! Our base in vibrant Split serves as the launchpad for your journey. Embark on RYA-certified courses designed to transform you from a curious novice into a confident sailor. Expert instructors will guide you through hands-on learning, mastering the ropes (literally!) and navigating the crystal-clear Adriatic waters. Each day brings a new island to discover, putting your newfound skills to the test as you island-hop across the stunning Dalmatian Coast. Explore hidden coves, charming villages, and historic towns, turning your training into an unforgettable island-hopping odyssey.

Seafarer Training Croatia offers the perfect pathway to skippering your own yacht with training leading straight into the supported independence of a flotilla holiday and beyond. Read on for more details of our training centre or click the icons below to head straight to that section.

RYA Courses From £796pp

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Croatia RYA Training

RYA Courses

The RYA or Royal Yachting Association is the UK national governing body and is widely known for offering some of the finest sailing courses in the world. These internationally recognized qualifications, delivered by certified instructors, provide a structured learning path that combines theory with hands-on experience, ensuring you have the skills to sail anywhere. All courses are run over 6 days (Sunday to Friday) at a maximum ratio of 5 students to 1 instructor and will take you to a different harbour each night, a perfect way to experience the islands and coasts of Dalmatia while learning all the skills you need to sail your own yacht.

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RYA Start Yachting

The RYA Start Yachting course is an introduction to sailing for complete beginners. It covers essential skills like steering, sail handling, and basic safety procedures, providing a foundation for further sailing education or simply enjoying time on the water. This is not a prerequisite to Competent Crew, but is a great course for children and those who are looking for a laid back week.

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RYA Competent Crew

A great course for those wanting to learn to sail, the RYA Competent Crew equips you with the skills to be a valuable asset on board. You’ll learn sail handling, essential ropework, and seamanship practices, making you a confident and competent crew member for coastal adventures. No prior sailing experience required.

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RYA Day Skipper Practical

Advance your sailing knowledge with the RYA Day Skipper course. This course, designed for those with some basic experience, builds on existing skills and introduces coastal navigation, passage planning, and yacht handling in both tidal and non-tidal waters. By the course’s end, you’ll be qualified to skipper small yachts on short coastal passages during daylight hours.

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Sailing Area

Split, Croatia, is a vibrant city boasting a historic center built within a Roman palace. From Split,the central Dalmatian islands beckon sitting to the south. Brac, the largest, is known for its Zlatni Rat beach, a windsurfer’s paradise. Hvar, the sunniest island, offers charming towns, lavender fields, and a jet-set atmosphere. Vis, untouched for decades due to military use, now entices with secluded coves and a slower pace.

Hugging the mainland coast north of Split, you’ll find charming towns like Trogir with its medieval core and Makarska with its dramatic Biokovo mountain backdrop. Tucked between them, wedged between Split and Makarska, lie Primošten and Rogoznica. Primošten, with its historic core clinging to a peninsula, offers stunning beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. Rogoznica, a harbor town, caters to boaters with its marinas and coves, but also boasts beaches and a laid-back charm. Continuing northwest, the Krka National Park unfolds, where the Krka River tumbles over waterfalls and creates turquoise lakes, perfect for a refreshing dip before reaching the historic town of Skradin.

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Weather & Sailing Conditions

Summer in Split brings predictable winds perfect for sailing. The dominant wind during this time is the Maestral. This northwesterly wind picks up gently around mid-morning, steadily increasing in strength until the afternoon before dying down towards sunset. Sailors love the Maestral for its consistent force and clear skies it usually brings. Split basks in sunshine and warmth from May to October, with highs averaging from the mid-20s Celsius in shoulder months to the low-30s Celsius in peak summer.

Lovely weather and great winds are just ones of the reasons the Dalmatian islands make such a great area to train.


Croatia Training Yacht Dufour 44 Performance


Our training yacht in Split is the Dufour 44 Performance ‘Pyrolyse’. This versatile 14-meter (44ft) yacht is perfect for beginners and experienced sailors alike, offering easy handling, comfortable living space, and exciting performance in all wind conditions. Master stress-free maneuvers and experience the joy of sailing on this exceptional training yacht.

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Cabins & Sleeping

Pyrolyse features three cabins, two at the back of the yacht with a shared heads/bathroom and a larger ensuite cabin in the bow which has a double bed and 2 bunks. The starboard aft cabin is reserved for the instructor. All cabins feature a number of hatches and fans to provide lovely ventilation and full bedding for different periods of the season. The saloon also converts into a double bed and this is available for a £50 discount with no single supplement.

Shared Spaces

The interior of the yacht is light and airy with a large seating area, a fully equipped galley/kitchen and a navigation area. There is 12v charging available in the saloon plus 220v plugs when on shore power. Storage for soft bags is available under the seating area.


Pyrolyse has a cockpit area at the back of the yacht which offers seating and hosts a single wheel for steering. There is a bimini for sun protection and a sprayhood for foul weather. The sailing power for the yacht comes from a fully battened mainsail with a lazy bag plus a large roller genoa.


Safety is incredibly important for all sailing activities and Pyrolyse is fully compliant with RYA and local safety coding. We have inflatable lifejackets for all crew members plus a liferaft, multiple radios, jack stays, gass & smoke detectors plus other specialist safety equipment.

Dates and prices

Seafarer Training Croatia 2024 Prices

A £50 discount from the per person cabin price applies for a saloon berth
Price per person, per weekSharing a cabin for 2Special OfferSingle occupancy of a cabinSpecial Offer

10% multiple course discount applies when 2 or more courses are booked for an individual at the same time.

Whats Included

Small Yacht Icon 6 Days Tuition with an RYA Instructor

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Diesel Fuel Icon Fuel & other yacht running costs

Linen and Towels Icon Bed Linen & towels

Notebook Icon for cruising notes £50 discount for RYA Day Skipper Theory

Salad and Kebabs icon for beach party Provisions for breakfast & a light lunch

Optional Extras

Ensuite Icon Ensuite Cabin – £100 (£50pp)

Private Icon Make the yacht private (4 pax) – 50% of 5th person price

ICC ICC Assessment – £100pp (Stand alone)

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Books icon Competent Crew Skills Book – Available here

Books icon Day Skipper Course Notes – Available here

Along with shared courses, prices listed above we can also offer private tuition on a yacht of your choosing at any point during the season. Price for the instructor is £1,295 for the week plus they will need their own cabin on the yacht and food. Get in touch with our team for a bespoke private tuition quote.

Booking a Training Course

To book or check availability get in touch with our experienced team on one of the links below.

Getting there and away

There are a multitude of ways to travel to our training base in Split, whether you are joining us for the week or combining it with a larger trip. We are located in ACI Marina Split, right in the heart of the city and 15 minutes walk from the historic city, which is easily reachable by both public and private transport. Seafarer RYA courses in Croatia run from Saturday to Saturday with the yacht being available to embark from around 15.00 onwards on the first day and disembarking around 9.00 at the end of the course.

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ATOL protection

Your flight inclusive course with us (should you choose this option) is financially secure as we are ATOL licensed, making the entire package ATOL protected. We have been trading since 1995 so you can book with total confidence.

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Direct Saturday flights to Split Airport from London (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton & Stansted) Manchester and Bristol along with other European airports. Wide range of flights available during the week.

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Split ferries go from the main port located together with the bus and train station to the southeast of the historic centre, 20 minutes walk from the base. Direct ferries are available to all nearby islands and onwards to Dubrovnik. International ferries are available daily to various Italian ports.

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Direct trains to Split Station, located with the bus station 20 minutes walk from the base, from Zagreb and other Croatian destinations. Great value overnight trains available in the summer from Budapest where you can link to services all over Europe.

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Bus & Taxi

Seafarer transfers available from the airport to the base that take 45 minutes and prices start at £40pp return. Local buses from Split centre are available all over the metropolitan area including the airport and Trogir. Long distance buses go from the train station to destinations all over Croatia including Dubrovnik and to nearby local destinations.