Learn to Sail Turkey
Sailing holidays in Turkey have become increasingly popular in recent years helped in no small way by the number of direct flights into the airports that serve the Turquoise Coast. You may fly into Bodrum in the extreme South West corner of Turkey or Antalya towards the eastern end of the Turkish Riviera but Dalaman which is less than an hour from Fethiye is perhaps the best choice as an airport of arrival? The climate in this part of South West Turkey is excellent with the crystal blue seas warm and welcoming for most of the year, certainly the months from Easter around until the end of October and the beginning of winter. A yacht charter with a competent crew is a great way to enjoy the environment on a relaxing sailing holiday. Better still if you want to learn sail skills there are few better places.
Every sailor has to begin somewhere and even those who have sailed with their families before without a day skipper can learn more by taking a practical course in the blue waters of the Turquoise Coast. You can get an international certificate from a sea school that you can use in any part of the world on future holidays though you may decide that to sail Turkey waters each year is likely to be a great temptation. Those who live in Northern and Western Europe need fly for no more than four hours to reach these waters and the chance to develop their sailing skills.
There is so much to see and do along this coastline. Even if you just want to relax, catch the sun and swim from time to time you can surely find no better place? You can even fish for your dinner to accompany the fresh produce, herbs and olive oil for which the region is well known. However you may want to see some of the reminders of the past history of what was once the Lycian Empire and which was subsequently Roman, Byzantine, and ultimately part of the Ottoman Empire. There are rock tombs from Lycian times, the blue lagoon and the sunken city on Kekova further east of Fethiye and much more. Perhaps if your main aim on a current trip is to get the required knowledge to help you in the future, history is for another time?
A bareboat charter offers you the chance to test your ability but it is not something you should do without RYA training that will provide you with all the necessary skills to sail your own craft.
The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) offers help and support to members in many countries of the world. Certification is recognised everywhere and there are courses to help everyone from the real novice to advanced sailors seeking to improve their expertise. Everyone learns both the skills of sailing as well as the health and safety factors involved in enjoying the seas of the world. You can be certain that the instruction that you receive in a good sailing school on the Turquoise Coast is of a standard that matches training anywhere else in the world.
Initially you can engage a coastal skipper because a skipper charter will allow you to see the things that sail holidays will require from you when you are in charge. A flotilla holiday is a good next step. You can be in charge of a charter yacht but be part of a few boats taking the same course down the coastline. If you get into any difficulties there will be someone close by to help. Once you have some sailing experience you should find few problems in the clear blue waters of this part of the Turkish coast. In Turkey sail conditions could hardly be more ideal. Once you have experienced sailing Turkey offers you so much.
It is important to find a good sailing school to help you with RYA courses. A training centre can help you with everything you will need; a charter yacht, the RYA course, sail training and ultimately the skipper certificate which can be the beginning of a whole new phase in your life, holidays on the sea where you are in charge.