RYA sailing courses from Aegina

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RYA Sailing Courses Aegina

This RYA approved sailing centre is located on the island of Aegina, just one hour by ferry from Athens, and offers a large range of sailing course for all levels of sailor.

RYA Sailing courses Aegina Greece

Aegina island is about an hour from Piraeus port (Athens) by hydrofoil and the doorway to the Argo and Saronic gulfs and the Peloponnese mainland coast. It`s an ideal area for anyone wishing to learn how to sail because the islands are close together and well protected from northerly and eastern winds which tend to blow in the summer. As well as learning how to sail, you will also be able to swim in crystal clear waters.

Courses start at 18:30 on Sunday afternoon, but the yachts leave Aegina on Monday morning with return to base by 17:00 on Friday afternoon. We offer optional accommodation on board by 09:00 on Saturday morning.

Courses offered:

RYA Competent Crew

Duration: 5 days
Beginner level

You’ll learn everything you need to know to help sail a yacht – how to steer, trim the sails, use the anchor and winches, and what all those ropes do!

Sunday – Saturday, Weekly, all season

RYA Day Skipper practical

Duration: 5 days
Intermediate level

If you already have sufficient theory to skipper a yacht you can come straight onto this course. You’ll plan passages, navigate using both GPS and traditional methods, learn boat handling under power and sail, and direct the crew.

Sunday – Saturday, Weekly, all season

Navigation and Day Skipper package

Duration: 6-7 days
Intermediate level

If you’re ready to take charge of a sailing yacht this is the course for you. You`ll take a short online navigation course before you come to Greece, followed by a weekend`s more advanced theory in our classroom. You`ll then have 5 days practical boat-handling and passage planning, where you learn to handle the yacht and crew.

Combined Competent Crew, Navigation and Day Skipper

Duration: 12 days
Beginner to Intermediate level

If you already have a little sailing experience, this package will take you to up to being skipper / captain of a yacht. First, you take our short online navigation course. Then, here in Greece, you`ll start with crewing skills, learn more advanced navigation, then move on to our Day Skipper Practical course – all in a fortnight`s holiday.

Private sailing

Duration: 6 days

Progress fast with private tuition on your own yacht with your own instructor. Enjoy more privacy and go at your own pace – whether that’s working hard or more easy and relaxed.

Mile-building trips

Duration: 7 days

Improve your skills, add miles to your log book, experience new sailing areas and sail with like-minded company on one of our mile-building trips to both tidal and non-tidal areas.

Proposed mile-building trips 2024:

17:00 Saturday 23rd of March to 9:00 Tuesday 2nd of April – Aegina to Crete (one way), €1400 for single occupancy / €1200 a person sharing a cabin.

17:00 Tuesday 2nd of April to 17:00 Friday 12th of April – Crete to Aegina (one-way),€1400 p.p. single / €1200 p.p. shared occupancy.

17:00 Saturday 13th of April to 17:00 Friday 19th of April – Round trip from Aegina through the Cyclades weather permitted, alternatively, East Coast of Peloponnese, €1300 p.p. single, €1100 p.p. sharing.

17:00 Saturday 25th of May to 17:00 Friday 31st of May – Round trip from Aegina through the Cyclades weather permitted, alternatively  East Coast of Peloponnese, €1300 p.p. single / €1100 p.p. shared occupancy.

17:00 Friday 7th of June to 17:00 Friday 14th of June – Aegina to Samos in the Dodecanese through the Cyclades islands (one way), €1300 p.p. single / €1100 p.p. shared occupancy.

17:00 Sunday 30th of June to 17:00 Sunday 7th of July – Samos to Aegina through the Cyclades islands (one way), €1300 p.p. single / €1100 p.p. for shared occupancy.

17:00 Saturday 13th of July to 17:00 Friday 19th of July – Round trip from Athens through the Cyclades weather permitted, alternatively,  East Coast of Peloponnese, €1300 p.p. single / €1100 p.p. shared occupancy.

17:00 Saturday 21st of September to 17:00 Friday 27th of September – Round trip from Athens through the Cyclades weather permitted, alternatively  East Coast of Peloponnese, €1300 p.p. single / €1100 p.p. shared occupancy.

17:00 Saturday 12th of October to 09:00 Saturday 19th of October – Aegina to Samos (one way), €1200 p.p. single / €1100 p.p. shared occupancy.

RYA Coastal Skipper practical

Duration: 5 days
Intermediate to advanced

This is an advanced course for those who already have some experience of skippering a sailing yacht. You’ll do a lot of boat-handling under sail, improving your technique, you`ll complete a Yachtmaster Qualifying passage and do a longish night sail. You`ll learn everything you need to be in charge of a larger yacht in more challenging conditions.Sunday – Saturday, Weekly, all season


Training yachts

All teaching yachts are Bavaria Cruisers between 37 to 45 feet in length, with 3 or 4 cabins.

All yachts are inspected annually by the RYA. As well as meeting their exacting standards they also conform to the requirements of the Hellenic Registry for professional yachts. They carry all the latest safety and navigation equipment for use both during day and at night. You will find GPS plotter, EPIRB, GMDSS radio with separate battery, fire extinguishers, life jackets, life raft, and many other safety items on board all of our yachts.

We don`t just meet the required standards – we exceed them. You`ll find several things on our boats that you wouldn’t get on many others – touch-screen GPS plotter, weather station, Navtex … and of course we carry several books on different aspects of sailing for you to refer to.


2024 Prices (5 day practical courses)

Sailing periodPrice per person (sharing)Price per person (single)
July-August-September€1275.00€1475.00
May-June, October€1175.00€1375.00
March-April, November€950.00€1150.00

2024 Prices (7 day practical courses)

Sailing periodPrice per person (sharing)Price per person (single)
July-August-September€1725.00€1925.00
May-June, October€1625.00€1825.00
March-April, November€1400.00€1600.00

2024 Prices (12 day practical courses)

Sailing periodPrice per person (sharing)Price per person (single)
July-August-September€2750.00€3150.00
May-June, October€2650.00€3050.00
March-April, November€2350.00€2750.00

2024 Prices (Mile builder)

Sailing periodPrice per person (sharing)Price per person (single)
July-August-September€1200.00€1300.00
May-June, October€1100.00€1200.00
March-April, November€1000.00€1100.00

The price includes everything apart from transfers to / from us and evening meals ashore.
Private courses on request. 


Sailing courses Aegina: Testimonials

“Really enjoyed the course. The rotation of duties / roles works very well. Skipper seemed to know the area – ports and anchor bays well which was beneficial and meant we got a lot out of the trip. I enjoyed the atmosphere – everyone taking responsibility but informal.”
N. Erskine

“Excellent skipper, good knowledge of local ports and tavernas. A very good teacher and he was flexible with our requirements. The booking process was very easy and all of our queries were responded to in a timely manner. An ideal number of people on the course. I would definitely come back for another week.”
J. Kendrick

“This was a most enjoyable, productive course. We are extremely pleased with the company, program, and organized approach & will definitely recommend Aegean Sailing School to everyone in Canada. Maria in particular is a superb instructor & skipper.”
L. Gaudet


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