Our Instructors

Istion Instructors are safety minded, that have to perform themselves every skill they teach you, as they sail throughout the year skippering, teaching or delivering yachts in any weather conditions to any place. Our instructors are not weekend sailors; they are professional seamen logging thousands of miles every year.

Having obtained internationally recognized credentials are highly qualified with the extensive need to share their passion and knowledge with all the participants in individual basis.

CHRISTOS TOURKOLIAS, Chief Instructor

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PROFILE
Greek, born in 1973. Christos has joined the yachting industry since 1995. He is also an accomplished sailing instructor for Royal Yachting Association with several years of working experience on Kos Island. Since 2010 and for three years he used to be the Port Captain for Faliro Marina, one of the largest Private Marinas in Greece.
His yachting career begins at the age of 25 having now more than 10 years charter experience on sailing and motor vessels.
He holds a Commercially Endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Ocean license for vessels up to 200 GT, and his qualifications extend well beyond official certifications. He has accumulated more than 85.000 miles extensively in the Mediterranean Ionian and Aegean regions including many deliveries.
Christos is responsible for ISTION YACHTING ACADEMY TRAINING CENTER as the chief instructor and every year runs the Yachtmaster Offshore Sail and Power Prep Courses, Powerboat level 2, Sea Survival and VHF.

  • RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Ocean CoC, commercially endorsed
  • RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore CoC, Sail & Motor, commercially endorsed
  • RYA Sail Yachtmaster Instructor
  • RYA Motor Yachtmaster Instructor
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 Instructor
  • RYA Sea survival Instructor
  • RYA Marine Radio SRC Assessor
  • Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean candidate’s preparation
  • Charter and delivery skipper
  • Yacht maintenance

NIKOLAOS BRACHOS, Powerboat Instructor

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PROFILE
Nikolas Brachos following his passion for the sea, graduated in 1984 from Maritime College in Piraeus. Since then he was working in merchant ships until 1991 when he first started with the yachting industry. Besides of being a captain on-board yacht, he enjoys passing the knowledge he acquired through years of experience to young people that share the same passion for the sea.

  • RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Ocean CoC, commercially endorsed
  • RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore CoC, Motor, commercially endorsed
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 Instructor
  • Yacht maintenance

BABIS TZOTZOLAKIS, Sail Cruising Instructor


PROFILE
Born in 1964. Started sea sports at his 16, windsurfing and dinghy sailing. In 1986 bought his 1st semi-racing sailing yacht, an X Yacht-402, participating to all major races in Greece till 1998. Studied Architecture on the Polytechnic School of Athens and mostly for 2 decades (1990-2010) worked for several companies of Yacht Charter, Management and Sales business including Jeanneau and Dufour Yachts distributors having the great chance to visit the factories very often following up the construction technics and methods as well completing may deliveries from France to Greece and Turkey and then worked as a skipper. From 1990 till 2001 was managing charter bases in Greece, Turkey and Corsica.
In 2010 joined the crew of a Professional Yacht chartering in the Caribbean which was delivered to and from Saint Martin and Flisvos Marina in Athens for the next 3 years. Babis has a great team work mentality and this is the reason why he was selected and managed the fleet of yachts for Olympic Broadcasting Services of Sailing Venues during the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 and Rio 2016. Since 2007 he is cooperating with Varkiza Yacht Club and Nautical Club of Methana and teaches sailing from Sart yachting level to Racing level. From 2016 he is qualified RYA Cruising instructor for sail.

  • RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Ocean CoC, commercially endorsed
  • RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore CoC, Sail & Motor, commercially endorsed
  • RYA Sail Cruising Instructor
  • SHS Medical Certificate
  • Motor Boat instructor, Ministry of Mercantile Marine of Greece.
  • PADI open water diver
  • Charter and delivery skipper
  • Yacht maintenance