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There are several ways to start:-
I'd advise you to look at the RYA website for RYA training establishments.
All RYA approved centres teach the same syllabus, so a level 1 course should be the same, no matter where you do the course.

You can certainly do some preparation - try the RYA "start sailing" book - there are alternatives - it's really to get an idea of parts & names used.

Once upon a time in the UK you could start by joining a club and offering to crew in a 2 person dinghy - and then try helming, but the current Covid situation makes this impossible.

To keep your enthusiasm, try reading some of the classic books!
I'd recommend "Sailing alone around the world" by Joshua Slocum. There's also the biography/autobiography of Arthur Ransome (a good spy story as well).

Don't rush to buy a new dinghy - second-hand is perfectly good, just check with the class website for details of potential problems.

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The usual route is to join a sailing club close to your home, ideally on with an RYA training centre and take it from there.

If you were in the UK then an RYA recognised training centre would be another option and a quick Google reveals several RYA training centres in Croatia. They seem to be mostly holiday centres but they might be a good place to start asking if you can't find a local club.

Good luck.

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Hello to everyone,

I am a newbie in sailing and I am searching a guideline on how to start, where to start, and what the best way is to get into it. I am thinking about starting to learn Dinghy sailing next year (in Croatia) and would like to know if there are special regularizations (in the EU) for Dinghy sailing and what I should do in this case? Are there differences from country to country or is it the same in the whole EU?  Is a course at a sailing school enough or are there more requisites?

Anyways, I can't wait to start sailing for the first time in my life. Actually its years that I am thinking about sailing but never had the time to start. Next year is different and that's also the reason I finally want to start it. Can't wait and hopefully somebody can give me some information and also tell me how you start (and what I maybe should avoid?...anything ;) ).

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