The all inclusive per person course fee includes a private cabin onboard, 3 meals a day (apart from three evening meals ashore), all sailing materials and textbooks, formal ASA 101, 103, 104 and 114 certifications, and a 90-day ASA membership. We do offer a $600 discount for couples booking the owner’s cabin. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Remaining payment is due 60 days prior to the trip.

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Couples booking together will save $300 each, a further $600 off their combined fees!

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We run our courses in Croatia from May through early October with the exception of July and August. We can book a catamaran or monohull course for almost any date you want!

All of our courses run from Saturday to Saturday.

Courses are filling up VERY quickly at the moment so plan your trip well in advance!

Simply contact us by email or call (800) 680-7902 to check availability and we’ll put together the best trip option for you.

Why Future Captains Choose Nautilus
  • Sail the newest sailboats in production
  • Experience the world’s most award-winning ASA instructors
  • Learn to sail AND have an amazing vacation!
  • Join the Nautilus family for global alumni trips, flotillas, sailing adventures and deliveries
  • Benefit from using Dream Yacht Charters‘ official sailing school
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New for 2023: Learn to Sail in Croatia!

Croatia is truly one of the most incredible destinations in Europe to explore on a sailboat! Hundreds of islands, beautiful beaches, old towns and narrow streets, incredible food and wine, and welcoming locals make this the ideal place for a week-long live-aboard sailing course.  Explore this amazing location while earning American Sailing Association 101,103, 104 and 114 certifications. Over the course of a week, learn to sail and gain the knowledge, experience and certifications to charter sailboats anywhere in the world, and embark on your own sailing adventure!




Why Croatia?

For years Croatia remained off the radar for most travelers, until a decade ago when adventurous travelers began discovering this incredible archipelago. Touted as the new “Greece”, Croatia has so much to offer and has an incredible sailing culture.

Favorable winds, protected anchorages, and beautiful old towns offer much to explore in the area. Shoreside hikes, Vespa tours around the island of Vis, visits to wineries and exploring the ancient city of Hvar are all highlights of the week aboard.




Nautilus Sailing Instructors

Nautilus instructors are avid and passionate sailors, experienced teachers and guides, and love introducing people to
sailing. They are able to meet students at whatever level of experience they find themselves; from participants that have never sailed to those that are already confident in the basics. All of our instructors are rated in the top 1% of American Sailing Association instructors worldwide and will be flown in for your course to guarantee that you receive the best sailing instruction in the industry.




Plan on arriving at the marina and boat in the beautiful town of Trogir by mid afternoon. Boarding time for the boat is usually between 3pm-5pm. We HIGHLY recommend you arrive at least a day early so that you have time to explore the amazing UNESCO World Heritage town of Trogir! Once we board the boat, we will unpack, do a welcome briefing, and head ashore for an evening meal to get acquainted.


It’s up early for your first boat briefings! After running through boat equipment checklists, and doing a charter briefing to learn about the route and the area, we will head out! We will start to get comfortable operating the boat, do some man overboard drills under power, and cover the basics of sailing. Today we sail to gorgeous bay on the west side of the island of Solta. Arrive, go for a swim and enjoy a class of wine at sunset!


Today we really practice the fundamentals of sailing! From raising and trimming sails, tacking, and gybing, sailing will begin to make a lot more sense. The challenge for the day is then to sail to a small group of islands opposite the famous town of Hvar. We stop for the night at a lovely marina, where a short stroll through the forest brings you to a gorgeous white sand beach on the other side of the island. At sunset hop in a water taxi and go explore the ancient town of Hvar, and enjoy a delicious meal ashore.


Today is one of our longer sails and a chance to really put those new skills to the test! We plot a course for the island of Vis, learning charting, plotting, navigation and the use of the latest navigation software. Tonight we med moor off the “Riva” the ocean boardwalk in Vis. Step ashore to grab an espresso, gelato or a glass of wine overlooking this beautiful town.


We enjoy the chance to cover more systems onboard, take some ASA tests, and then have a chance to play on the Island of Vis. There is so much to see and do, but some of the options include visiting a local winery built in an underground World War 2 bunker, taking a scooter to the lovely seaside town of Komiza, or visiting the abandoned submarine base carved into the rocks.


Passage day! We cast off the dock lines and set sail for the town of Milna, on the island of Brac. We stop in a gorgeous cove for lunch, a swim and some anchoring practice. As we enter Milna, work on your docking skills, practice med mooring, wrap up another ASA written test and you are then free to wander this quaint little seaside town.


As confident captains, we turn the boat over to you and let you chart the course for the day, and sail us back to the marina at Trogir! Endless possibilities for a beautiful lunch time anchorage, and then it’s back to Trogir. Tonight we go out and celebrate all the new captains, and reflect on what a great week we’ve had in Croatia!


If you need any further information, want to check availability or discuss anything to do with our courses – then please get in touch.


Nautilus is like no other sailing company, and our trips are serious fun. Of course you want the certs, but we offer so much more.

We have an ever-growing list of passionate, outward bound, sailing fanatics who just love visiting new places and experiencing adventure. Every year we have several Alumni trips around the globe where past Nautilus graduates, and some of our team get together and just… you know. Sail. And Surf. And Snorkel. And Scuba…

Nautilus Alumni


“I wasn’t very familiar with boating and less with sailing. Learned a lot while still enjoying every minute of it. The Sea of Cortez was an excellent sailing destination. ” G.D., Missouri