Sailing school

12 Knots sailing courses

Sailing Certificates

  • Competent Crew

    5-day sailing course on board of a cruising yacht. The main objective of the course is to teach basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, basic sail trim, helm commands, seamanship and safety.


    Ideal for candidates with little to no previous sailing experience who wish to train to become an active crew member on a power or sailing yacht.


    - Crew on a yacht up to 78ft. / 24m
    - in sight of land and in fair weather
    - only with professional skipper

  • Bareboat Skipper

    10 days live aboard course on power or sailing yacht. The key objective of the course is to teach candidates to become a recreational sailing yacht skipper and be able to charter and handle big cruising yachts on their own.


    This live aboard cruising course works for those candidates who already have small to mid-sized sailboat experience at sea and are ready to learn advanced techniques and skills for handling larger sailboats and bareboat charter.


    - Skipper on a yacht up to 78ft. / 24m
    - 20 miles offshore in day time
    - in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots)

  • Yachtmaster Coastal

    Is a recreational certificate of competency for command of sailing and/or power vessels up to 24 meters in length up to 60 nm offshore. It is a comprehensive live aboard course consisting of 6 days for sail or 5 days for power which includes the practical on water examination.


    This sailing course is available for those candidates who already logged 30 days and 800 nm at sea as a skipper.


    - Captain on a yacht up to 78ft. / 24m
    - 60 miles offshore in day and night
    - in moderate to heavy winds

Learn to sail



Practical skills

Sailing Certificates

Introduction to sailing

Not required


Basic keelboat


3 hours


Basic cruising


Not required


Liveaboard sailing course in Thailand or Montenegro
Sailing boat
Power boat

5 days

Competent crew

Bareboat cruising

- Passage planning
- Colission regulations
- Weather forecast
- Safety briefing

20 hours

Liveaboard sailing course in Thailand or Montenegro.

Moderate to heavy winds conditions.

10 days

Bareboat skipper certificatd
VHF radio operator

Advanced coastal cruising

- Long-term passage planning
- Tidal navigation
- Night sailing
- Celestial navigation

9 hours

Liveaboard course in tidal waters


6 days

Yachtmaster coastal
Yachtmaster offshore

Luca Zapparoli

Professional sailing instructor

More than 27 years of sailing experience. 25,000 nautical miles navigated in the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Has great experience in long-range crossings and ocean passages in variable weather conditions. Sailing and meteorology instructor in Spanish sailing federation (“Federacion de Vela de la Comunidad Valenciana” (FVCV)). Author of the book “La Vela: Teoria y Tecnica” (Sail: Theory and Practice). Now used as manual in FVCV.

Hobbies: licensed diver, licensed aircraft pilot
Education: engineer, MBA graduate of Boston EE. UU
Italian, fluent in: Italian, English, Spanish

Oleg Drizen

IYT and RYA sailing instructor

Qualifications: Yacht Master Ocean. More then 15,000 nautical miles as a skipper in Spain, Italy, France, Scotland, Croatia, Malta, Greece, Seychelles, Malaysia, Norway, Sweden, Greece and USA. Over 50 weeks of Day Sailing and Coastal courses in the last 3 years. Two Trans-Atlantic passages as a skipper in 2010 and 2012 from Tenerife to Dominican Republic and back.

Family: Married, 3 children
Hobbies: reading, traveling, sailing, mountain skis, windsurfing, diving
Education: Masters degree in engineering

Andy Sokolov

ASA sailing instructor

Price / person

12 Knots Sailing School offers 5 to 10 days sailing courses in most exotic destinations. Learn to sail and make a fantastic adventure of a lifetime. Check out our live aboard sailing classes, and sign up for lessons choosing date you like.

Learn to sail

Learning to sail can be a fantastic adventure of a lifetime! There are many ways for making this dream come true. You may choose short weekend courses close to your home and slowly gain sailing experience or you may go for a live aboard intensive cruising course and learn to sail while hoping from one port to another.

Live aboard sailing courses

In recent years, live aboard sailing lessons in different exotic destinations became extremely popular. On one hand these courses allow you to gain incredible knowledge and skills to qualify for chartering big cruising boats and on the other hand to have a great sailing vacation. We offer aboard sailing courses in different destinations for students to spend a week or more immersing in the cruising lifestyle, gaining experience and exploring numerous islands. 12 Knots sailing school can help you set out on your sailing journey, in whatever way best suits your needs.

Sailing certificates

12 Knots sailing school offers IYT recreational nautical courses which formal sailing certificates accepted by all major yacht charter companies and insurance companies around the world. If you wish to charter a sailboat or catamaran on your own, without professional skipper and crew, then you will need a formal sailing certification and experience at helm stated in the logbook.

12 Knots offer five to ten days long live aboard sailing courses in Montenegro and Thailand for the qualifications of Bareboat Skipper and Flotilla skipper. Advanced sailors courses are available on request.

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