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Ultimate Sailing Skills in Primosten

Experience
Study
Destination
Croatia
Duration
2 weeks
Ages
18 to 65
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Trip overview

With every inch of the earth mapped, photographed, and shared on social media, is sailing the high seas the last real adventure on this planet? 

Who knows? But what is for certain is that developing your sailing skills will open up endless adventures for you on the ocean. It might even pave the way towards a career in the marine world. 

What better place to develop those skills than off the incredible coast of Croatia, with ocean-obsessed locals showing you the ropes? 

On this done-for-you trip, you’ll get everything you need to live on board a sailboat in Primosten, Croatia, while earning a Competent Crew & Day Skipper certificate, including: 

  • Intensive Day Skipper course. After a week long Competent Crew course, you’ll dive into this intensive day skipper course to build and test your skills so you’ll be confident in navigating your own boat. You’ll learn all about navigation, piloting, handling the yacht under power or sail, the ‘rules of the road’ and loads more. 
  • Meals included. Before you set sail with your crew, you’ll all team up to do a massive grocery shop (known as provisioning in the yachting world) to make sure you have enough food and drinks for the week. Food and drinks are provided for the duration of the course (excluding eating out)
  • Onboard accommodation. You’ll share a double cabin aboard the yacht. Imagine waking up in the morning and diving straight into the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea from the deck of the yacht you’re currently living on. 
  • RYA Competent Crew & Day Skipper certificate. Provided you pass the course, you’ll get a certificate for all your hard work. These certificates come from the RYA – a global authority on maritime law and certification. Which means this is a real qualification that would be useful if you ever decide to chase a career in the maritime industry. 

 

There are plenty of ways to learn the ropes of sailing to unlock the ocean for you to explore. So why not do it in absolute style? 

Spend 2 weeks living aboard your floating classroom while you sail around the turquoise paradise of the Adriatic Sea. 

This dazzling coastline is one of the premier yachting destinations in the world – just one of the reasons why Croatian people are so well-renowned for their sea-going skills. 

While most travellers will enjoy a swim in the Adriatic or a maybe a day trip on a sailing boat, you’ll be living aboard the yacht for the duration of the course, giving you full immersion into the sea faring lifestyle. 

You’ll learn everything about operating your yacht, the weather, and the meanest mistress of them all – the ocean. 

On top of this, you’re in Croatia! The amazing coastline has a healthy scattering of islands and archipelagos off the coast to explore – all packed with history and magic. The cities on the mainland are some of the most majestic in Europe, all close enough to the Adriatic Sea. 

Can you picture it? You and your crew work together like a well-oiled machine, guiding your beautiful yacht into a new harbour every night. 

Since the hard work is done, it’s time for a quick dip in the Adriatic before enjoying a delicious Croatian beer on deck with your crew as a billion stars poke a billion holes in the inky canvas stretching over you. 

If you’re thinking about a career in the maritime industry this will be a good place to start – especially because you’ll be walking away with a globally recognised Competent Crew & Day Skipper certificates. 

When you go with Global, you get the full experience for a fraction of the hassle. We offer the complete package for learning how to sail in Primosten.  

Our team will help you with the essentials you need to start your new journey with a bang! Including helping you with visas, enrolling you in classes, securing your accommodation, and a whole lot more.

Inclusions

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Intensive Yacht Crew Member course (Week 1)
Intensive Day Skipper course (Week 2)
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Trip visa guidance
Personal Travel Concierge
Pre-Departure Guide
Private airport transfer
Onboard accommodation
Meals
Online theory content
Fees, taxes and petrol
Additional Learning Tools
Competent Crew Certificate
RYA Day Skipper Certificate
Ongoing local team support
Global Emergency Line
GWorld access
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Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-65 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Take two weeks to sail the crystal waters of Croatia and immerse yourself in the ways of the water. Apart from a few shore excursions, you will spend your whole time on a yacht with dedicated expert tutors to teach you absolutely everything you need to know to complete the Day Skipper and Yacht Crew Member Course.

There are so many skills to learn and the course is one that you live, not just one that you do, with every new learning being put into practical action almost immediately. You will be constantly developing as a crew member and skipper, becoming one with your boat and with the water so that when your two weeks are up, you are brimming with confidence to sail anywhere in the world. 

Arrive in Croatia with the reassurance that you will be many steps ahead of every other traveller in search of the same experience. There are many ways to explore the country by boat, but nothing that offers as immersive an experience as this. Every day you will work together to guide the yacht to a different harbour, getting to explore the unbelievable beauty of the Croatian coastline and the multitude of islands that line it. You will be able to take a morning and evening swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic, and then after a hard day's work you’ll be chilling on deck with your newfound friends embracing the natural beauty of Croatia all around you. A truly blissful experience.  

If you want to explore Europe further, then you are in a great spot to do it. You can head down the coast to Montenegro, the current European must-visit country, or jump on a ferry, or take a spectacular train ride to Italy, and from there you have access to all the big hitters of Europe. That being said, Croatia itself is somewhere you should definitely prioritise, with it’s truly unbelievable cities to explore and a warm welcoming culture to dive into. The choice is yours!   

Requirements 

You must be physically fit for intensive sailing and qualify for a Schengen tourist visa.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, meals whilst on-shore, souvenirs & spending money.

Accommodation & meals

You’ll stay aboard the yacht you’re crewing on. You’ll share a double cabin with another crew member. 

With your accommodation on the high seas sorted, how will you get the food you need to fight off scurvy? 

You’ll team up with your crew to do a massive grocery shop before you set sail, making sure everyone has enough food and drinks for the trip. The cost of this grocery shop is included in your trip. 

Trip itinerary

Arrival

You will be collected from the airport and transferred to the Marina in Primošten. If you choose to, you can arrive a few days early to acclimatise and explore the city of Split before your course starts in earnest.

Day 1

Your trip will start on a Saturday at 4pm. After being transferred from the airport, you will meet up with your crew and team for the week. Then you will do some grocery shopping, safety, course planning and basic information briefing before departing on Sunday morning.

Ongoing

Training is scheduled for 13 days with overnight stays in different harbours/bays every night. The sailing days normally see a departure by 9am, with lunch taken on the go (sandwiches/big salad) and then dropping anchor by 5pm. All in all, it is a long and intense day of sailing, but you will always have some time to chill and go for a swim at the end of it. After the first week of sailing, you will return back to the harbour in Primosten on Saturday, to restock, recharge and get ready for your second week on the Adriatic.    A typical day looks like this:  Get up at 7.30/8.00, have a swim, breakfast, briefing for the day, start sailing, a quick stop for lunch, sail until 5pm (ish), drop anchor, have a swim and a drink, cook a meal together and chat under the stars. Pure bliss.    Course Content Your intensive seabound course will include the following topics -  Sea terms and parts of a boat, like the rigging and sails Sail handling Ropework Safety onboard Personal safety equipment Man overboard Manners and customs Rules of the road Dinghies Meteorology Seasickness Helmsmanship and sailing Preparation for sea Deck work Navigation Pilotage Maintenance and repair work Engines Victualling Yacht handling under power Yacht handling under sail Passage making Night cruising

Why choose us

Our Study trips are designed to get you set up in your new life overseas – learning new skills from the locals –  as smoothly as possible. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress while eliminating the risk of returning home early. Here’s how we do it: 

We’re with you from the moment you get started. You’ll be assigned a dedicated Trip Coordinator. They’ll guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. They’ll also help you with the pesky visa. No guesswork – only the right paperwork, approved the first time, in your hands before you leave. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, visas, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

Once you land in Croatia our local team will be waiting for you at the airport. You’ll be taken straight to your initial accommodation in Primosten. 

But our support doesn’t end there. We’ll be in touch during your trip to make sure everything is going smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns we’re one quick message, DM, email, or carrier pigeon away. 

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience. We’re with you every step of the way. 

Join 80,000+ travellers – giving us 10,000+ 4 & 5 star reviews – by choosing Global to make your travel dreams come true. 

Most travellers book their trip 6-12 months in advance. Dates are flexible, but spaces are limited. So if you’re serious about studying in Croatia, don’t delay. 

With our Book Now, Decide Later feature, you can get started with a small deposit today, and take a full year to choose your dates. 

We’ll take over from there, helping you with visas, flights, accommodation, and setting you up with our partner in Croatia. 

This is the trip for you if you’re after the ultimate experience in Croatia, complete with everything you need and 24/7 support.

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Why Study

The main purpose of this trip is to get you confidently running a yacht while you live aboard off the coast of Croatia. 

There’s only so much you can learn in a classroom. And this is especially true when it comes to sailing or getting to know the ocean. There’s simply no substitute for getting out there and doing it! 

That’s why you’ll be living aboard the very yacht you’re learning on for the duration of your course. 

This 2-week course is intense, with plenty of hands-on learning involved. 

The first week will transform you into a competent crew member so you know your way around the vessel. You’ll even walk away with an RYA-certified certificate which basically means “I know my way around an ocean-going vessel”. 

The second week is all about transforming you into a confident skipper of small vessels, so you can pilot your own boat anywhere in the world with style. 

There’s a ton of new stuff for you to learn, so there will be some theory work to do. But, for the most part, this trip focuses on learning by doing. Meaning you’ll be putting your new skills into practice until you nail them with your eyes closed (although, as a competent crew member, you’ll learn to not do things on a yacht with your eyes closed). 

We’ve teamed up with an RYA certified training school. Which means, as long as you pass, you’ll walk away with 2 internationally recognised certificates which will go a long way should you ever wish to go into the maritime industry.

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You will be provided clean, comfortable, and safe accommodation for the entire duration of your study experience! Depending on the specific trip, the accommodation will either be on-site or conveniently located near the course location for your ease and convenience. You can focus on your studies and enjoy a worry-free and fun stay during your exciting journey with us.

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Most of our study trips are designed to cater to participants of all abilities and levels of experience. You can confidently join our program without any previous background or expertise. Our courses are structured to provide a valuable and enriching learning experience for everyone, ensuring you can make the most out of your study trip adventure, and go home with a new or developed skill!

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Absolutely! Upon successfully completing the study course, you will be awarded a certificate to acknowledge your hard work and dedication. This valuable certificate serves as a notable achievement and an impressive addition to your resume. Future employers will recognise your commitment to personal and professional growth, reinforcing your qualifications and enhancing your career prospects. Or, frame it on your wall to show off to family and friends of the epic skill you picked up abroad!

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