Basics of Sailing – Beginner Sailing. Start sailing!

Become a sailor!

Basics of sailing course is designed for anyone who has always, whether because of other people’s tales, or simply by watching “the lucky ones“, felt that the wind, the sails and the sea can provide truly unique satisfaction and joy. This cannot be described by words, it simply must be experienced.

503,00 685,00 

Listed prices include VAT.
In case of cancellation by the participant, A.N.A. will charge the participant in accordance with the following:
  • cancellation up to 30 or more days before the program starts: 20% of the amount paid
  • cancellation between 15 and 29 days before the program starts: 50% of the amount paid
  • cancellation within 14 days before the program starts: 100% of the amount paid
  • Description


Basics of sailing – who is this course made for?

Basics of sailing is a course for beginners who have never sailed before and want to spend their vacation actively.
In 30 years of our existance and experience, we have gained the trust of thousands of participants who have been continuously sailing with us. Many of them come regularly every season. Some have become sailing instructors. And almost all of them adopted sailing as a lifestyle. Whether you are an individual who wants to learn sailing skills or a family who want to actively spend a holiday together, we’ll ensure that you want to come back.

Sailing for beginners

It’s easy to learn the basic theory from our handbook before sailing out.  The handbook is in Croatian and in English. After getting to know the theory, it’s time to sail out and apply your newly-learned skills. Our professional instructors will lead you through the learning process, while at the same time you are going to enjoy friendly environment, meet new people and have some fun. You will acquire new skills like basics of steering, sail handling, participation in daily routine work on the boat; sailed miles 120 NM (approx).
This sailing program is for all adults (aged 16 to 18 with parental written consent).
The only prerequisite is swimming skills. And readiness for physical activities, indeed!

What are you going to learn on this beginner sailing course?

You’ll start by learning the names of parts of the sailboat in English. You’ll learn the basic movement directions of the sailboat, how to set up the sails, where does each crew member exactly have to be and when. You’ll learn which sails there are and when to use them, trimming the sails according to the wind.

What about some rest during the day?

1 pm – 2 pm is your daily rest time. During this period, you’ll learn how and where to anchor the sailboat. During the summer, you can use this time to swim, and during the winter to rest from the hard work.

Start sailing!

If you’ve always wanted to learn to sail, but had no idea where to start, this course is designed for you.
Why us? Please read answers to frequently asked questions.
In case you like sailing, but would like to be more relaxed, with less sailing engagement, we can offer you our leisure sailing program.

Learn to sail with us!


Goal: adapting to the wind, sea and life on the sailboat, learning the basic techniques of sailing and understanding the basics of nautical conduct at sea

Age: for all adults (aged 16 to 18 with parental written consent)

Previous knowledge: none required

Minimal prerequisites: swimming skills and readiness for physical activities

Acquired skills: basics of steering, sail handling, participation in daily routine work on the boat; sailed miles 120 NM (approx.)

Accommodation: simple accommodation onboard (availability on first come, first served basis, small fee) or mainland (your own organization and expense)

Sailing area: local waters of the island Murter

Duration: 5 days

Arrival:   Saturday 6:00 pm

Start:      Sunday 8:30 am

End:       Thursday 7:00 pm

Participants who are accommodated onboard are required to check in on Saturday at 6:00 pm.Official start of the course is on Sunday at 8:30 am.Departure is scheduled for Thursday evening, unless you have selected one of the additional programs; in that case the departure is on Friday evening.

Daily plan:8:30 am – lessons

  • sailing
  • anchoring and lunch break
  • sailing

5:00 pm – return to the marina and tidying up the boat

The daily plan is subject to change depending on the current weather conditions and the forecast.

All participants get a certificate as a recognition of participation and a logbook as a record of acquired skills, nautical miles sailed and weather conditions


Theoretical and practical part include:

  • safety at sea and ship
  • boat parts terminology
  • basic points of sailing (close hauling, reaching, broad reaching, downwind)
  • portside and starboard side, windward and leeward side
  • what makes the boat move forward (Bernoulli’s law)
  • positions of crew members
  • sails and trimming of sails
  • reefing of the sails
  • sailing in course
  • avoiding collisions at the sea
  • turning the bow through the wind – tack
  • turning the stern through the wind – gybe
  • anchoring
  • apparent wind
  • meteorology – wind, compass rose
  • knots



Sailing gloves, two pairs of non-slip shoes or sneakers, T-shirts and long sleeve shirts, short and long pants, strong sunscreen, a cap or a hat, sunglasses, towels, personal hygiene items, bathing suit, towels, mosquito repellent.If you are sailing during colder months or if you are accommodated onboard, please bring a warm waterproof jacket, pants and sleeping bag.Please remember to bring personal medications if required.Must have items onboard every day: adequate clothing and footwear, sunscreen, personal medications and other personal items, bottle of water, lunch packet.



Price range per person depending on the date: 503 EUR – 685 EUR

Please, use the booking system above to get the exact price, the system calculates EUR price based on the current exchange rate.

The price includes:sailing program, an instructor, booklet, logbook,  berth in base marina,  fuel, VAT.

Additional costs:meals, accommodation on the mainland or onboard, tourist tax, arrival and departure costs, parking fee, travel insurance.

Simple accommodation onboard is subject to availability. To book, please contact us, or call us  +385 51 711 814.The symbolic price of the accommodation onboard for 5 nights is total 250 Kn (approx. total 33 EUR).  The price includes bed linen, tourist tax and VAT.

The format of the dates is European (DD.MM.YYYY)


For our courses we recommend the following literature: Your First Sailing Handbook.

The proposed handbook has been written by our part-time instructor and it is the perfect literature for our courses. The content and structure of the handbook are in line with our basic course, but it also serves as a lifelong reminder on sailing theory and practice. 

To find out more, follow the link: Your First Sailing Handbook. We highly recommend it!

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