Taking time to sail is difficult in these times of work and family commitments. The ASA Sailing School has designed these ASA sailing courses to give you the maximum from the days you may have available. Each course will include an ASA sailing school theory exam, as well as one or more ASA sailing course practical sailing exams. The training materials books etc are of the quality you would expect from a leader in sailing education. The school is based on Poros Island during the summer months, it’s here where we teach students how to sail.

The ASA sailing school now has most theory exams online so that you can take the practice exams before you arrive at your training location. Or you can bring the books with you and study as you progress through the course.

We offer 3 main courses .

YACHT CREW: ASA 101+103. The best course if you are a novice and want to learn how to sail to any proficiency. It is also the stepping stone to acquiring your Skippers license.

SKIPPERS LICENSE: ASA 104+105. The course is designed as a follow on from the YACHT CREW module. It is a 10-day intensive sailing class for experienced sailors who have fulfilled the ASA prerequisites to become a bareboat skipper.

COASTAL SKIPPERS LICENSE: ASA 106.  The course is designed for advanced sailors who plan on going offshore and making long passages. It deals with passage making and long-distance sailing includes advanced navigation and long passage planning.


Our basic sailing courses train a novice from no knowledge to a sailor who can tie knots, steer a sailing yacht, understand basic navigation and be a responsible crew member on a sea passage.

The sailing course is run over a 7 day period, 6 days instruction with a day off to relax. The ASA Yacht Crew course is designed to introduce the complete beginner to cruising and to teach them the skills to be a safe and useful crew member on a cruising yacht.

Course Description:

Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Auxiliary power operation is not required.


This is a bare-boat skipper course of 10 days. Those students who have already passed their Yacht Crew can now progress to the full Bare Boat Skipper course by taking this 10 day course. Suitable for experienced sailors.

The student must be able to demonstrate an ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keel boat of approximately 30 to 49 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. 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.

ASA 104 certification requires a demonstration of ASA 101 and ASA 103 knowledge and skills standards. ASA recommends a minimum of 80 sailing hours logged and certified before undertaking ASA 104.

This Class is taken over a 10 day period and will involve, sea passages of over 50NM, night sailing, and extensive navigation. Classes are a maximum of 5 students and will be instructed on a Swan 57ft Ketch. Our 10-day bare-boat skipper’s course is designed to effectively move an experienced sailor (ASA 101/103 passed) to a level of sailing that will allow them to safely operate a charter yacht. The skipper’s license is valid internationally and allows the skipper to operate a yacht of 12 meters for recreational purposes up to 25 miles offshore.
When you register for the course you must have passed the ASA 101+103 and have 500 Nautical miles logged and certified in your logbook. Once you have registered we will send you the teaching books that you will need to pre-read. During your course onboard you will go back over the books in detail.

The 10-day course is divided into 2 parts. The first part is run on the island of Poros and involves 4 days. You will review your past sailing skills, familiarize your self with your new yacht. You will sail daily around the island and the area, practicing sailing skills, anchoring techniques, and reviewing your navigation and getting used to the aids to navigation.
The 3 days of sailing in and around Poros Island is designed to solidify your knowledge of sailing techniques and yacht operations.

The course is a liveaboard style school where you will live on the master teaching yacht and work in watches to run and learn about the daily duties of running a yacht.
Once students have passed the first half of the course, the teaching yacht departs on the second half of the course and sets sail for the Greek Islands and offshore sailing lessons. Here in the next days, you will have to navigate and sail around the Greek islands, before finally completing a passage back to Poros Island. During these days there will be two more written exams your skipper’s exam and your navigation exam as well as an oral exam. You will need to pass them all with a score of 85% or more to qualify for your bareboat skipper’s license.
The course will finish in Poros Island with the awards of Logbooks.


The Advanced Sailing course is for you if you already have a Valid ASA Bare Boat Skippers License, and want to gain more knowledge and experience for chartering yachts bareboat. The course builds on your existing knowledge and gives you additional skills, in Navigation and builds on your Organization Skills for Coastal Skipper. It introduces you to Night sailing and long passage making

Typically on a one week course, you will embark on an offshore passage and be required to organize and plan the trip. This will involve the navigation from the start Port of Poros and returning back to Poros a week later. You will need to plan for night sailing and watchkeeping as well as organize provisioning, weather, fuel concerns, and water consumption

This course will equip you to act as skipper on a charter yacht anywhere in the world. It will also give you valuable pre-charter information such as what to check on your yacht before you leave and what to expect when you return.

Are you likely to sail with just two adults on board? Or with inexperienced friends or family? If so, you need to feel confident that you can handle the yacht and crew with little assistance. This course will give you the skills you’ll need.

What You’ll Learn

In addition to refreshing your Bareboat Skippers License techniques the course will cover:

  • Advanced mooring techniques. Space development in busy harbors.
  • Advanced anchoring. Use of long lines ashore in bays
  • Cruising Chute/Spinnaker rigging and deployment and drop
  • Rig tuning and technical knowledge
  • Advanced VHF Radio Use
  • Pre Boat chartering advice. Agreements, insurance and what to check
  • Passage making, and long-distance Sailing
  • Knowledge of Watch systems
  • Night sailing and lights and night singles.
  • Navigation. Use of equipment available. Shaping a trip including weather constraints
  • Short-handed sailing techniques