FEBRUARY 2020 MEGA MILE BUILDER

We have a one-off opportunity for 2 people to join us on a 1,300 mile journey from the south of France to Volos in Greece.

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Maximum 5 students to 1 instructor and you will never be asked to share a cabin with a complete stranger.

Thessalia School of Sailing is a British-owned company, run by husband and wife team, Carl and Liz.

We run RYA sailing courses with a maximum of five students to one instructor and our school yacht, El Nino, has 4 large cabins.

 

You will never be expected to share a bunk with a total stranger.

Learn to sail in the beautiful Pagasitikos Gulf.

End a day’s tuition with fantastic, fresh Greek cooking in a picturesque harbour.

COURSES

BEGINNERS
RYA Competent Crew
Beginner to RYA Day Skipper
INTERMEDIATE
RYA Day Skipper
Day Skipper (combined)
Mile building trips
Skipper's Training week
Summer flotilla
ADVANCED
RYA Coastal Skipper
Coastal Skipper (combined)
RYA Yachtmaster offshore
Yachtmaster (combined)
SHOREBASED THEORY
Marine Radio (SRC)
Professional Practices and Responsibilities
ONLINE THEORY COURSES

delivered by Navathome,

an RYA-Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training

RYA Day Skipper theory

RYA Coastal Skipper theory

Not sure which RYA course is the right one for you?

Our courses chart will help you decide.

Based in the region of Thessaly, Greece,

as seen in Practical Boat Owner August 2016.

Thessalia School of Sailing

offers RYA courses for

sail cruising in the stunning

surroundings of Mount Pelion.

SPRING MILE BUILDER
April 2020

Increase your experience and add miles to your log.

We cover 250-300 miles during our circumnavigation of the north Aegean, visiting some of the most stunning locations on offer in this undiscovered part of the Mediterranean.

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Testimonials

John Colling (September 2019)

Carl is an experienced and very knowledgeable instructor and we learnt a great deal more than we anticipated, given our previous knowledge of being at sea on ships etc.

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OUR SEASON'S SAILING
SKIPPER'S TRAINING WEEK

Half way between a Mile Builder and a course week, the Skipper's Training week gives you a chance to brush up on all your sailing skills (with an emphasis on mooring and boat handling) whilst exploring the Sporades islands out of season.

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SAILING COURSES

RYA Competent Crew

This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.

Learn to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board.

Thessalia School of Sailing runs the 5 day course from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday as a bonus day to practice your new skills. You will arrive in Volos on Saturday and spend the first night on the boat. We will arrive back in Volos on Friday lunchtime, leaving you free to travel home on Friday or Saturday.

Dates for 2018:

March 24th-30th, April 14th-20th, April 28th-May 4th, May 19th-25th, June 2nd-8th, July 14th-20th, October 13th-19th

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RYA Day Skipper

This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.

Learn to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board.

Thessalia School of Sailing runs the 5 day course from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday as a bonus day to practice your new skills. You will arrive in Volos on Saturday and spend the first night on the boat. We will arrive back in Volos on Friday lunchtime, leaving you free to travel home on Friday or Saturday.

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RYA Coastal Skipper

This course is for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake longer coastal passages by day and night.
The training moves away from the shorter passages of Day Skipper and starts looking at passages that require watch-keeping routines, crew management and the ability to pilot a vessel both day and night. With longer passages it is less likely that you will be familiar with the sailing area, so a higher level of overall navigational and pilotage skill needs to be developed

The RYA no longer distinguish between tidal and non-tidal sailing areas, so a certificate gained in Greece has the same value as one attained in the UK.

Thessalia School of Sailing runs the 5 day course from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday as a bonus day to practise your new skills. You will arrive in Volos on Saturday and spend the first night on the boat. We will arrive back in Volos on Friday lunchtime, leaving you free to travel home on Friday or Saturday.

Before joining us for the practical course, you will need to complete the RYA Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased course, delivered by Navathome.com, an RYA-recognised training centre specialising in online training.

You can complete the theory and practical with our Coastal Skipper Combined course.

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RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

A holder of the Yachtmaster™ Offshore certificate is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour.
A commercially-endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore certificate allows the holder to work in the Industry, anywhere in the world.

The RYA no longer distinguish between tidal and non-tidal sailing areas, so a certificate gained in Greece has the same value as one attained in the UK.

Learn to sail in the idyllic conditions of the eastern Mediterranean.

You will be expected to have completed the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course before joining us in Volos.

Under the professional tuition of an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, you will be coached to meet the exacting requirements of the RYA Examiner during the preparation week.

With a maximum of 3 students to 1 instructor, you will have plenty of time to practice: sailing by day and night, theory revision, and brushing up on your personal sailing skills.

The course begins on Saturday afternoon in Volos, arriving back in Volos on wednesday afternoon. The exam will begin on Thursday morning and finish on either Friday or Saturday morning, depending on the number of students.

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COMBINED COURSES including the online theory

Day Skipper combined

Although the RYA does not specify the completion of the theory course before commencing with the practical, we recommend that you at least begin the online theory course before coming to Greece. This will give you a good grounding of navigation, collision regulations and nautical terms before the practical.

If you don’t complete the theory before joining us for the practical you can complete it afterwards without effecting your success with the practical course.

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12 day beginner to Day Skipper

Go from absolute beginner to Day Skipper in 12 days, able to confidently skipper a yacht.

The RYA no longer distinguish between tidal and non-tidal sailing areas, so a certificate gained in Greece has the same value as one attained in the UK.

The course includes the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased online course, delivered by Navathome.com, an RYA-recognised training centre specialising in online training.

You will arrive in Volos on Saturday and spend the first night on the boat in Volos harbour.

We begin on Sunday, with the 6 day RYA Competent Crew course, followed by a day of rest to brush up on your chartwork in the stunning surroundings of Mount Pelion. Then it's back aboard for the RYA Day Skipper Practical course from Sunday to Friday. We will arrive back in Volos on Friday lunchtime, leaving you free to travel home on Friday or Saturday.

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Coastal Skipper combined

In order to qualify for the Coastal Skipper practical, you must have completed the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory course. This is available online and can be completed before coming to Greece.

This theory course also qualifies you to take the Yachtmaster Offshore practical exam.

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Yachtmaster Offshore combined

In order to qualify for the Yachtmaster practical exam, you must have completed the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory course. This is available online and can be completed before coming to Greece.

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OTHER COURSES AND EVENTS

Mile-building trips

Build your experience, improve your confidence and advance your practical knowledge, whilst putting hundreds of miles in your log.
Our mile building trips are ideal for both experienced and inexperienced sailors alike. Whether you have just passed your day skipper and wish to put some miles under your belt whilst polishing your skills, or whether you want to experience some proper sailing with fifty or sixty mile passages, experiencing night passages and watches, our circumnavigation of the northern Aegean has everything to offer.

We run these trips in the Spring and Autumn when the Meltemi wind is at its weakest. 

There’s no reason for a training trip to be unpleasant.

The route of course, is susceptible to change due to varying weather conditions, but this will play a part in gaining experience as we listen to the forecast and discuss passage planning.

As well as some serious sailing, we will be stopping in some of the most stunning places that the North Aegean has to offer. The Sporades islands are one of the last un-spoilt areas of the Mediterranean. You will enjoy nights in idyllic harbours, enjoying the local food and wine and nights at anchor in secluded bays with the Milky Way overhead.

Everyone will have a chance to skipper the boat and plan passages, safe under the watchful eyes of your English RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.

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Summer flotilla

For all new skippers and others who have more experience but are still lacking in the confidence to take that first step to freedom, the summer flotilla will allow you to take command of your own boat, fill it with friends and family and join us as we explore the stunning Sporades islands.
Each boat will be joined by our RYA Yachtmaster Instructor for at least 1 day, offering advice on brushing up those skills, and help will be available for everyone as you enter bays and harbours.
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Thessalia School of Sailing is an RYA-recognised training centre offering RYA sailing courses in Greece

Thessalia School of Sailing Ltd is registered in the UK. company number: 10543517

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