FAQ

Welcome to our frequently asked questions page, please click the questions below to find the relevant answers.

What time does my sailing course start and finish?

Generally the courses start at 16:00 on the first day (Saturday). We generally finish around 16:00 on the last day (Friday). Weekend/mid week courses may vary.

What do I need to bring?

There is a list within the joining instructions of what you will need to bring with you.

What footwear do I need to bring?

Ideally sailing footwear or deck shoes. Soft shoes with non marking soles are ideal. Flip flops or open toed sandals are not suitable.

Do I need to bring my passport?

Yes you should carry your passport with you, should we have to check in to another country.

Do I need insurance?

Although all training activity is insured by the centre we strongly recommend that you have your own travel insurance as well.

What’s included in my course fee?

All fuel (unless you have booked the whole boat for private tuition) logbook, certification, safety equipment, instruction, bedding, towels.

Where will I go on my course?

Dependent on the weather, you will either go east or west along the coast. But you are guaranteed, beautiful bays, and anchorages, quiet coves, small harbours and restaurant pontoons. There will also be other marinas.

How many students will there be on my boat?

There will always be a minimum of two students and a maximum of four to one instructor.

Who does the cooking onboard?

You will experience cooking onboard, but we will also be eating at local restaurants.

Can I bring my mobile phone?

Yes you can bring your mobile phone and in some cases there are certain apps that the instructor may suggest you use. Other than that we discourage the use of phones whilst we are learning.

Do I sleep onboard?

Yes you sleep onboard the boat each night.

Will I have to share a cabin?

It may be necessary for you to share a cabin (unless booked on a 2:1 ratio course). Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on a course on your own there is a possibility you will have to share a cabin but this would only be with someone of the same sex.

Is there parking available?

Yes there is parking available at the marina

Are all meals provided?

The students are responsible for stocking the boat with food under the guidance of the instructor. The students are also responsible for buying the food for the instructor throughout the trip.

My family and I are hoping to buy our own yacht to cruise around the Mediterranean during daytime hours. What qualifications do I need?

RYA Dayskipper is the ideal course for you and it is also the qualification that is required to hire charter yachts.

Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?

As we shop together prior to leaving you will be able to choose what food you require.

Will we be in a marina every night?

No you will be somewhere different every night, but the venue usually depends on the needs of the particular course.

Will I be able plug in my electrical appliances such as my phone charger or hairdryer?

Battery power is limited but mobile phone charging is possible on the 12 volt system. Where shore power is available which is not every night, you will be able to use electrical appliances.

Do you take under 18's on courses?

Yes we do providing they are supervised by an adult and the relevant consent form completed by a parent or guardian.

Do your boats meet safety requirements?

Our boats are inspected annually by the RYA as well as the Turkish authorities to ensure that the boats are in a seaworthy condition and that they meet the stringent safety requirements laid down for training boats, and that they carry the correct safety equipment.

Are there washing facilities onboard the yacht?

There are washing and showering facilities on the boat, but where possible we encourage students to use shoreside facilities.

Do I need to do an actual course to come sailing?

As our training boats are so busy the best way to experience sailing with us for the first time is to come on a start yachting weekend.

Can I smoke onboard?

We operate a strict no smoking policy on our boats.

Will I get sea sick?

Even Lord Nelson suffered from seasickness. Most people are absolutely fine but we suggest you bring some sea sickness pills should you be worried.

I am a complete novice and want to go sailing with my friends but don't want to get in the way. What course would help me to understand more?

A start yachting or competent crew course.