Basic coastal cruising – introduction to sailing 5 days / 4 nights

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Training place:
Thailand (map)
5 days
€ 150
4 persons
on boat
age 16+
Learn to sail on catamaran or monohull.

This program is ideal for those candidates who wish to become an active crew member on a power or sailing yacht or to learn how to operate small sailing boat

This course provides level of competence that someone needs either to act as watchkeeping crew on a yacht or to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet long daytime in light to moderate winds, in protected waters where help is immediately available.

Upon completion of the course candidate should be able to demonstrate knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, basic sail trim, helm commands, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Auxiliary power operation.


Instructor to student ratio is 1 to 4. You may enjoy private or shared cabin on board of monohull or catamaran in one of our bases in Montenegro or Thailand.

Cruising course

The Introduction to Boating and International Crew Course is a practical and professionally run program. It comprises of 5 sailing days and 4 nights aboard. You will be sailing in coastal waters during the day making small hops and learning the basics. Nights will be spent in comfortable marinas or at anchorages in some picturesque lagoons.

We usually go out for dinner ashore and enjoy the atmosphere of the local restaurants in a Marina or on a beach, depending on our location. These are the meals not included in the price. All other costs like mooring, safety equipment, fuel and such are covered in the price.

At the end of this live aboard cruising course you have small to mid-sized sailboat experience, ready to learn the techniques for handling larger sailboats and bareboat cruising.

Life on board

A cruising monohull or catamaran will become your home and classroom for the next several days. Three or four cabins, main salon and galley area, hot water showers, swim deck and shower, spacious cockpit, and all necessary equipment for safe successful boat handling. (facilities on board are shared).

Your sailing courses will be on board of a 31’-46’ monohull or catamaran up to 47 feet long. You may choose to learn in one of our bases located in Thailand (Koh Chang) or Montenegro (Bar).

You may enjoy a private or shared cabin. Singles and couples will be paired with others in the same course. Single occupancy is also available. We may also offer private sailing courses for two or bigger groups (up to 5 people) upon the request.

  1. Nautical terminology
  2. Navigation rules
Practical skills
  1. Safety briefing
  2. Passage planning
  3. Rope work
  4. Basic rules of the road
  5. Introduction to weather
  6. Basic sail handling
  7. Basic handling under power
  8. Man overboard procedures
  9. Vessel equipment and instruments
  10. Engine checks and maintenance
  11. Deck seamanship
  12. Sailing vessels handling skills
  13. Sailing vessels under power
  14. Power vessel handling skills
  15. Dingy handling under power

Professional certified instructors, with a great sailing experience, patience and deep knowledge, teach all our sailing courses. 12 Knots sailing instructors are great coaches and do an excellent job of teaching you how to sail. They are always willing to maximum meet students diverse learning needs and wishes. Passionate about sailing and adventures they help others to start their own sailing journeys

Yacht Model Elan 434
Length overall: 44 ft.
Beam: 12 ft.
Draft: 5 ft.
Passenges (max): 8 guests
Berths: 8
Cabins: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Engine: 55 hp
Additional info
"12 Knots" sailing school has its own training base in Thailand and Croatia. This allows us to provide excellent training conditions both for those who are learning from scratch and for those who would like to improve their sailing skills.
Included in the price
  • Live aboard cruise tuition in shared or private cabin
  • All necessary books and tutorials
  • Berths and moorings
  • Fuel
  • Bed linen
  • Final cleaning
  • Final tests and exams
Not included
  • Air fligt
  • Transfer to the base and back
  • Catering
  • Insurance
  • License - 150 Usd, to be paid upon successful completion of the course

Sailing means living in close quarters so please try to travel light, please do not bring any hard, big suitcases with wheels that are difficult to store. A backpack or sports/duffel bag would be the best. Some recommendations on what to bring aboard:

Warm season
  1. A backpack or sports/duffel bag
  2. Comfortable airy clothes – long sleeve and short sleeve T-shirts
  3. Two pares of deck shoes
  4. Cap or wide bream hat
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Sunblock
  7. Gloves
  8. Bathing suit
  9. Wash kit
  10. Towel
Cold season

In addition to the list above

  1. Fleece hoodie
  2. Thermal underwear
  3. Hat
  4. Wind and waterproof jacket
Useful things
  1. Car lighter charger 12V for your cell phone or i-pad. Power convertor from 220V to 110V.
  2. Insurance
  3. Notepad and pen

Bangkok Airport is located 4 hours away from our base in Koh Chang Island. The easiest way to get there is by car or taxi. Average price per taxi (4 people) is about 100 Euro for one way.

There is also local airport (Trat) some 15 minutes away from ferry to Island. Bangkok Airways offer 3 daily flights from Bangkok to Trat.

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