7 days from €1,209

No previous experience required
Expert Skipper Instructor
Welcome Dinner included
Learn to sail sustainably
100% of profit donated to Green Sail
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Learn the Ropes on your next Holiday

Learn to sail on a 7 day holiday around the stunning Croatian Islands. This Sail Croatia Sailing Course will get you confidently hoisting the sails, pulling ropes and dropping anchor in the stunning coves of Croatia's coast. No previous experience is required, your Skipper Instructor will be on had to give you the confidence and knowledge to safely sail a 45 foot sailing yacht.

You will also learn the fundamentals of marine sustainability as this course is built in partnership with Green Sail, who aims to promote sustainable coastal tourism.

You will come away with practical experience, theoretical knowledge, a greater respect for the marine environment, as well as lots of fantastic memories.

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Split Return South

The Sail Croatia Learn to Sail Holiday starts and ends in the waterfront city of Split. This 7 day course will provide you with the practical basics of sailing, as well as a good understanding of the more theoretical skills needed when skippering. Alongside this, in partnership with Green Sail, we aim to educate and advise participants on how to sail sustainably and with awareness and respect for the surrounding marine environment.

Participants will come away with knowledge on how to confidentally and safely sail a 45 foot yacht, as well as many memories of the beautiful islands of Croatia that you will visit along the way.

Split, Croatia

Meet your fellow classmates and Skipper Instructor between 3.00 - 3.30pm in ACI Marina, Split, for a welcome drink onboard your yacht, Night Sky.

Please Note: Our Skippers work hard to provide the best possible experience based on weather and marina conditions. Our aim is to make sure you have an amazing week on your Learn to Sail Course! In light of this, the itinerary and destinations visited may need to change during the week.

Useful Information
Solta, Croatia
Day 1

Today you will meet your fellow course-participants and after some introductions and information about the week ahead you will gather provisions for the week ahead and settle in to your accomodation.

This evening you will get to know your fellow travel companions and Skipper Instructor at a Welcome Dinner in the beautiful fortress-like town of Split.

Solta, Croatia
Day 2

After breakfast onboard, your Learn To Sail Course begins in Split Marina. During the week our course content and itinerary are likely to change depending on weather conditions. We will learn and practice skills many times throughout the week in order to build confidence and experience.

First topics we will be covering include the principles of leaving the dock and the basics of sailing. How to handle emergency procedures and the 'rules of the road'. How to dock and moor safely. Plus we will also cover a sustainability module in the afternoon.

Vis, Croatia
Day 3

Today we will continue our learning on the basics of sailing along with the important skills of navigation and chart reading. We will go over the handling of emergency procedures as well as maneuering in different conditions and how teamwork and leadership play an important role in sailing. We will practice anchoring and mooring and learn how to anchor in an environmentally safe way and why this is important. Weather permitting, we will have time for a swim and whilst on anchor we will record some of the impacts of tourism on the local environment as part of our community survey.

With your first full day under your belt, tonight you can kick back and relax in the pretty port of Milna as the sun goes down.

Vela Luka, Croatia
Day 4

Day 3 and you are growing in confidence, so today its about building upon the knowledge you have gained so far. We will improve our understading of emergency procedures, maneuvering in different conditions, anchoring and mooring. Weather and time permitting we will anchor for another swim-stop and our second seabed survey for our community research program. in the afternoon, after more practical sailing, we will cover another sustainability topic.

This evening we dock in Hvar, famous for its super-yachts and celebrity status! Climb the hill and visit the 16th Century Fortress ruins overlooking the harbour for stunning views.

Stari Grad, Croatia
Day 5

Today's program is about putting what you have learnt into action - practice makes perfect afterall! We will go over many of the things you have already learnt, making sure all participants are feeling confident in thier practical and theoretical knowledge. Tonight we dock in Vrboska, the most picturesque village on Hvar island, so much so, it's referred to as 'Little Venice'.

Once we are docked up, we may talk about environmental regulations and meet certification requirements for sailing vessels and how this impacts sustainability.

Bol, Croatia
Day 6
Stari Grad

Today we sail across to the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town of Stari Grad, using all of the knowledge you have learnt so far - from navigating and chart reading to docking and mooring. There will be lots of time to get your practical skills up to scratch and work with your teammates to try different maneuvers on the water. Once we are docked we will cover another of our sustainability topics.

You will have plenty of time this evening to explore Stari Grad, with its pretty harbour-side restaurants and bars.

Makarska, Croatia
Day 7

Day 7 and you're feeling like a pro - you're at the helm and have the wind in your hair - this is what it's all about!

But we aren't done yet... we will cover off all the topics that you have been learning throughout the week, how to navigate, read the charts, use your teamworking skills to maneuver in different conditions and how to dock and moor safely.

This evening, explore Split and its many hidden cafes, bars and restaurants strewn throughout the palace walls before enjoying your final night with new friends!

Split, Croatia
Day 8

This morning it's time for breakfast onboard before an early check out and saying goodbye to your instructor and all of your new friends.

Please note: It is possible for you to leave the yacht as early as needed on Saturday morning to catch flights, as your yacht will be in ACI Marina, Split by Friday night.


Sail Croatia Hike Guide
Skipper Instructor

Skipper Instructor Experienced Sail Croatia Skipper to instruct you throughout the week. Our Skippers are local to Croatia, English speaking and fully insured

Swimming in a secluded Croatian bay
7 Nights Accommodation

7 Nights Accommodation Comfortable accomodation onboard a 45ft Yacht

Buffet Breakfast onboard a cruise
Breakfast Daily

Breakfast Daily Breakfast is included daily

Cruising the Adriatic Sea
Welcome Dinner

Welcome Dinner Get to know your fellow guests and Instructor at our Welcome Dinner

The Dubrovnik walls from a Cruise

Wi-fi Wi-fi is available on your cruise (subject to download limits)

Sail Croatia Tour Managers

Fuel Fuel is included for the entire week onboard

Biokovo Nature park
Completion Certificate

Completion Certificate On completion of your course you will receive a completion certificate to show off your new skills

Greek Salid onboard a Cruise
Contribute to Marine Sustainability

Contribute to Marine Sustainability 100% of any profits made from the program are donated to Green Sail.

Course Key Learnings

  • Safety on the Water
  • Basics of Sailing
  • Navigation & Chart Reading
  • Rules of the Road
  • Maneuvering in Different Conditions
  • Docking & Mooring
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Anchoring

Sailing Sustainably Learnings

  • Sustainable Provisioning
  • Marine Pollution
  • Community Involvement & Environmental Surveys
  • Responsible Anchoring and Mooring
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Fuel and energy efficiency
  • Environmental regulations and certifications

In partnership with Green Sail.

Our Yachts

Swim Stop
Night Sky
Standard Yacht Interior
Main Deck
Briefing in Salon
Night Sky

Night Sky is 45ft Benetau Oceanis 45 sailing yacht designed with both style and comfort in mind.

The yacht sleeps 6 guests in 4 cabins with 2 bathrooms.

Its spacious outside dining and seating area make it perfect for accommodating a group of course participants for both practical and theoretical learning onboard.

Length: 45ft
Capacity: 6 + Skipper
Cabins: 4
WC: 2
Indoor & outdoor lounge areas, air-conditioning, indoor and deck speakers


Date Price
27th April 2024 €1,209
4th May 2024 €1,229
11th May 2024 €1,299
18th May 2024 €1,389
25th May 2024 €1,499

Learn to Sail FAQ'S

How long is the Learn to Sail Course?

This practical, hands on course is 7 days long, departing from and ending in Split.

When does the trip start and finish?

Check in is from 3pm in ACI Split Marina, with our team ready to welcome you with a drink! The tour ends in ACI Split Marina. We ask all our passengers to disembark by 8am to allow us time to clean the yacht before the next departure. Detailed directions to the marina will be emailed to you when you book your course.

Will the itinerary change?

Our number one priority is to ensure that we have safe and happy guests onboard. With this in mind, we may need to change the itinerary for a variety of reasons including weather, port availability and guest experience.

Will I receive a qualification on completion of this course?

This Learn to Sail course is for holidaymakers looking to learn sailing as a skill whilst on holiday and you will then be able to join as a confident crew member onboard a similar size sailing yacht in the future. No formal certification or qualification will be awarded on course completion, you will instead receive a certificate of participation and a record of the course content covered during the week.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Each yacht has a unique design and most cabins have a double bed to accommodate 2 guests. Some yachts feature a bunk bed cabin which we reserve for solo travellers who will be matched up with another independent traveller of the same gender, while groups of friends sleep in double cabins.

Do the yachts have air-conditioning?

Due to the compact design of sailing yachts, air-conditioning is only available in the salon area of the yacht (not in the cabins).

Are bed linen and towels included?

Yes, towels are provided for showering. Please note these are for indoor use only and you will need to bring your own beach towel with you.

How much luggage can I bring onboard?

Due to limited storage space on the yacht, we kindly request that you avoid bringing excessive luggage. Excessive luggage refers to large suitcases, multiple bags, or oversized items that may hinder the available space and cause inconvenience for everyone on board.

Large suitcases will need to be stored before arriving at the marina. Weekly baggage storage is available near the main bus station arrivals area on the other side of the port.

Soft luggage (duffle bags or similar) is recommended as these bags are easiest to store onboard and don’t damage our yachts. A large suitcase is anything that would not fit in an overhead locker on a flight.

What is the food and drink situation?

Daily breakfast groceries are provided for guests to make their own breakfast, and a Welcome Dinner is also included in the price of your Learn to Sail week.

Additional food and drinks are not included, however you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks with you onboard. Each yacht is equipped with a self-contained kitchen, including a gas stove, fridge, oven and kettle. This allows you to cook throughout the week and pre-plan the food you’d like to eat for lunch at sea! We recommend provisioning prior to check-in and topping up your groceries throughout the week. In the evenings you'll have a wide variety of restaurants available at each town, and your Skipper will be happy to provide recommendations for dinner!

Are there any local payments that I need to be aware of?

A local payment of 30 Euros is payable at check-in and is applicable for all guests onboard the Learn to Sail course. This payment incorporates port fees and tourist taxes throughout the week and is subject to change.

How does Sail Croatia contribute to sustainable tourism?

Sail Croatia is committed to sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices. To find out more on what we’ve achieved so far and our goals for a sustainable future, check out our sustainability report here. (link)

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?

Yes, we highly recommend that you take out Travel Insurance that would cover cancellation, personal injury, medical expenses, personal liability & loss of personal property before you travel with us. It’s also important to check that your insurance covers all of the optional excursions you may be doing whilst onboard the cruise with us. Find out more about Travel Insurance here.

Please note: Once a booking is confirmed, there are fees applicable if you need to make a change to your booking or if you need to cancel. All fees can be found on our Booking Terms. Whilst we are unable to offer refunds, we can provide a letter confirming your cancellation with us which may aid your Travel Insurance claim, if required.