Hello to every one,

2020 has not been a good year for all. At the Athens sailing school, we have had a challenging year, but we are still here and in business.  Next year plans to be different, we should have an active vaccine that will go along way to negating the virus. It a new year so all things are possible.

As a result of recent changes in the ASA licensing requirements, we have changed how we offer our classes for next year. To view the ASA changes please access our update here…

The school will offer 2 types of classes a 1-week crew certification class and our popular 10-day Bare-boat Skippers license. You must be aware that you need to progress through the syllabus to get to the Bareboat Skippers qualification. All requirements of the licensing requirements should be met before you apply to take the bareboat Skipper license.  This means that after you have passed the Crew Certification you must have completed the 500 nautical miles portion of the requirement before you can apply for the next level.

CREW CERTIFICATION.   1 week course.

ASA 101 + ASA 103:  Course topics for these modules are as follows:-

  • Basic Sailing Terminology
  • Identify and describe the functions of all sails, sail parts, and sail controls.
  • Explain using diagrams the following manoeuvres, points of sail, and other terms.
  • Navigation Rules
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Safety Gear
  • Equipment Safety Procedures
  • Sailing
  • Crew Overboard
  • Knots

ASA103 certification requires a demonstration of ASA101 knowledge and skills standards.
ASA recommends a minimum of 24-40 sailing hours before undertaking ASA 103.

Description: Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (inboard or outboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet in length by day in moderate winds (up to 20 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather interpretation, safety, and seamanship.

This course is conducted in one week with 2 written exams of 100 questions. You need to score 80% or better for each exam.

Bareboat Skippers License.   This is run over 10 days.
ASA 104 + ASA 105.

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) certification.

ASA 104 certification requires a demonstration of ASA 101 and ASA 103 knowledge and skills standards. ASA recommends a minimum of 500 nautical miles before undertaking ASA 104.

Description: Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat (or catamaran, if the course is conducted on such) of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. The course is conducted as a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)

General Description: Able to demonstrate the practical and theoretical navigational skills required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no Sailing Skills part to this Standard however practical application of Sailing Knowledge is required to safely sail a vessel in Coastal and inland waters.




Hi Everyone,

Well, here in Greece we were about to come out of a Lockdown that started in November when things became serious again. The Greek government is trying hard to curtail the virus and doing all that the medical experts advise. The problem is with the population. Everyone is suffering from COVID fatigue. The lockdown is strict, curfews in the evening 9 pm – 7am on weekdays and 6 pm – 7 am weekends. SMS requests to leave the house for basic tasks, like food shopping, exercise, bank business, and doctor’s visits.

The plan was to exit the lockdown end of February but infections increased and yesterday we had 2300 new infections, the Greek health system is starting to get overloaded. The lockdown has been extended to March 15 and will likely be further extended.

Meanwhile, the government is starting to think about the summer tourist season. The general consensus is that tourists will be allowed into the country only with a vaccination passport/ proof of vaccination. Of course, the overriding concern is the EU central government, who actually support the idea,

So what does this mean for you as a student of the school? Well, to come to Greece you will need a vaccination for sure. I would recommend that when you fly to the country avoid if possible connecting flights, (it keeps you away from people in airports). Obviously observe airline health protocols, face masks, etc… The school will help you with transfers once you arrive and get you to the yachts/school and help you return to the airport or continue with your vacation in Greece.

Please remember that we at the school are dedicated to helping you make this the best possible experience and safest holiday you can have.