Sailing course start Volos Thessaloniki North Greece

Learn how to sail   
in Greece

A short introduction
Have you ever dreamed about renting your own sailboat, and cruising powered by the wind around the Greek islands?
I have dreamed about it for a long time and last year I have taken part in a course to become a skipper, it was great, I have learned a lot, gained my diploma and made good friends.
Now, I am qualified and able to rent a sailboat and sail with a small group of friends anywhere I wish.
Now I am helping others to realize this dream organizing and offering sailing courses in Greece.

About the course
You will spend a week living onboard a sailboat, gain practical skills during the day and in the evening there will be theory classes. This is a real hands on experience which will allow you to get familiar with the boat and the sea in a very short time.

The whole course will be delivered in English.
At the end of the week there will be practical and theory exam and for those who pass will receive (2 weeks later) an official international certificate that will allow you to rent and skipper a sailboat up to 50ft.

We offer the following locations:
Sailing courses starting from Volos, north of Greece  - please read on.
For our sailing courses starting from Voula, south of Athens follow the link >>

Open dates in 2019:
July - Aug - Sept dates from Athens
25 July - 1 August from Volos 

There might be other dates available at the end of September or in October.
Please inquire for details.

Possible destinations: this is to be decided by the instructor
Volos - Skiathos - Skopelos


Prices per 1 person in a shared cabin. 

 1350  - last minute prices when paid in last 2 weeks before the course
 1250  - standard prices 
 1150  - early bird prices for payments at least 60 days before the course

* sailing course, exam and certificate
* professional skipper and certified instructor onboard
* 5 nights onboard accommodation in a shared cabin (or main launge) / shared toilets
 breakfast, lunch and 3 evening meals on board the boat
* maximum of 5 people onboard 
* good fun

Not included:
* Greek taverna lunches & dinners ashore 

How to get there / logistics:
Nearest airport Volos (VOL) with many international flights.
Also Thesaloniki (SKG) is not too far away. We can provide a transfer at extra cost.

You need to arrive to Volos on Saturday.
The sailboat leaves Volos marina on Sunday morning
Sailboat returns the following Friday lunchtime.

Note about sailing itinerary:
The itinerary are suggested and subject to approval by skipper who will be evaluating prevailing weather and sea conditions at the time of charter. Private charter vessels are not cruise ships and can alter point of call at any time during the charter for passengers’ safety and comfort. This is a sample itinerary suggestion which is not legally binding. All information is given in good faith and is believed correct but cannot be guaranteed. The itinerary that will be followed will be discussed by Charterer and skipper upon embarkation, every effort will be made to meet Charterer’s preferences but the actual itinerary that will be followed is subject to weather conditions and to the discretion of the skipper who will be considering passengers’ safety first.

This to bring/consider:
* Travel insurance - it might be worthwhile checking with your company to ensure you're covered for sailing activities or any last-minute emergencies, 
* Travel dates - if your schedule allows it, stay an extra day before and after your trip.  Don’t fly in on Saturday and join the boat immediately, then finish your trip on Saturday
* Rock shoes - the rocks can be sharp and if you have some rock shoes, they may be a handy addition to your luggage (if you plan on a little exploring),
* Luggage - most people tend to over pack for a sailing holiday.  You generally can pack on the light side, just remember your swimmers, something for the evening at dinner and a warm jacket.  Soft bags are preferred on the boat as they're easier to stow away and cause less damage,
* Beach towel - We will provide ben linen and a towel, however if you’d like a beach towel it may pay to bring your own,
* Power adapter - it’s always good to bring a power adapter for any electrical items, including USB cords.  The boat has 2 prong European power points, personal power banks are also a great idea to bring with you, 
* Medication - if you need medication, remember to bring it with you, including seasickness tablets if you get motion sickness.  It’s better to be safe than seasick!
* Music - pack your favourite music on your iPod or MP3 player and remember to pack your aux cable,
* Money - bring cash for dinners in town, as the island may not have an ATM or accept cards
* Shoes - any shoes  with dark or marking soles and heels are not permitted on board.  It would be wise to bring flip-flops or similar for the hot weather,
* Personal - Remember your personal toiletries, including shampoo and to pack your swimmers! 

Other items guests like to bring can also include:
* Underwater camera or GoPro for creating a video of your holiday

Bookings and contact:
Lynn, assistant 
Balkan Events

WhatsApp: +30.6974575898

Private courses are available by special arrangement for groups of 4 or more.

Cancellation/changes/no show policy:
1) Once you book your place / pay there are no refunds. It is a serious commitment to take part in the retreat. You should honour that and so will we.
2) If you can't make it to a selected retreat you can:
a) find somebody else until 7 days before the start date, no extra fee required
b) no shows with no notice equals in 100% fee loss.

3) if we cancel the retreat you will receive a full refund withing 2 to 8 weeks normally.