Beginner to RYA Day Skipper Motor Cruising Course From: €2.690,00

This two-week Beginner to RYA Day Skipper Motor Cruising course is best suited for those who want to start with no experience and reach skipper-level skills and Certification 

The Beginner to RYA Day Skipper Motor Cruising course practical and theory with ionianMode in Greece is ideal for those who want to build skills and gain knowledge and experience to be able to skipper a Motor Cruiser  safely with confidence in familiar waters by day. At the end of this 6 Day  course you will be able to skipper a yacht in short passages and operate a short-range VHF radio with DSC. This course includes the online RYA Day Skipper theory course – around 40 hours online and the back-to-back RYA Helmsman and RYA Day Skipper Motor Cruising practical. We will work on yacht handling techniques under sail and power and we will develop together your skippering skills. During the second part, you will prepare passage plans, you will navigate, will organize a night sail and you will be in charge at times to gain experience as a skipper.

The Weekly Schedule 

  • The tuition yachts are ready for accommodation by Sunday midday.
  • On day one you will join the motor yacht  and you will meet the rest of the crew and your instructor. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and briefed by your instructor about the basics regards the yacht and the surroundings. Once everyone has arrived we will have the chance to discuss the course and the plan for the week
  • The Beginner to RYA Day Skipper Motor Cruising  course starts on Monday morning from our base in Lefkas (Sivota Bay) and finishes on Saturday  afternoon. 
  • During your training, you will Motor Cruise  a minimum distance of 200NM around the islands of the Ionian and you will visit the most interesting and beautiful ports of the area.
  • On our daily routine, we will have lunch and swim stops in some of the most idyllic bays of the Ionian islands and we will spend the night in a different destination at a time, where you will have the chance to explore the local culture and cuisine of Lefkada, Kefalonia, and Ithaca.
  • The Motor Yacht  for Private Tuition is ready for accommodation by Sunday midday, the course starts on Monday and finishes on Saturday afternoon back in our base.
  • The VHF test is taken on Saturday afternoon in our classroom in Sivota 
  • By Sunday 09.00 we will have to leave the yachts  for our base crew to get them ready for the second week

About the Certificate 

The RYA Day Skipper Motor Cruising  certificate is the minimum accepted certificate by most authorities worldwide to charter a yacht. In addition, the holders of an RYA Day Skipper certificate can apply to the RYA for an ICC ( International Certificate of Competence ) which is an internationally recognized qualification.

During the first part of – RYA Helmsman practical, you will learn how to steer, handle sails, tie knots, keep a lookout at sea, and row a dinghy. You will learn how to react in emergencies and how to participate in the day-to-day duties of the yacht as a confident crew member. 

During the second Part  – RYA Day Skipper practical focus changes mostly to navigation, chart work, passage planning and power handling techniques

What is included
  • RYA Day Skipper online theory
  • RYA SRC Marine Radio online + classroom exam
  • RYA Helmsman practical
  • RYA Day Skipper Motor Cruising  practical
Pre-Course Experience &
Assumed Knowledge
  • No experience required
  • No prior knowledge required
Duration6 Days 
Minimum Recommended Age16
Students – Instructor Ratio4:1 maximum
  • Preparation for sea,
  • boat handling
  • navigation
  • pilotage
  • passage making
  • meteorology
  • rules of the road
  • engines
  • emergency situations
  • night cruising
After the Course Experience
  • 6 days on board
  • 200 N.M
  • 4 night hours
  • Ability to skipper a yacht in short passages
  • Authority to operate a short range marine VHF radio with DSC on a vessel
Certificate Granted
( upon succesful completion )
  • RYA Day Skipper Motor Cruising Certificate
  • RYA SRC Certificate
Price for individuals *
  • 2690€
Price for private tuition **
  • M/Y Champagne Sunseeker 46
  • Low Season 8000€
  • High Season 9000€
  • High Season ( July – August ) 
  • INDIVIDUALS Join our tuition yacht together with other students and learn how to motor cruise  in the Ionian combining training with holidays. You will share the yacht with a maximum another 3 students plus the instructor. Provisions for breakfast and lunch as well as all the expenses of the yacht are included in the price. Accommodation may be shared and saloon berths may be used.

  • PRIVATE TUITION For small groups of friends and families who want to learn how to motor cruise  together the option of a private tuition is ideal as you won’t share the yacht with someone else except your instructor. Charter our M/Y Champagne Sunseeker 46  consider a cabin for your instructor and combine training with holidays. (provisions, the cost of the instructor’s meals, and mooring fees are not included in the price)

Next Steps After the Beginner to RYA Day Skipper Motor Cruising Course

The Day Skipper Motor Cruising course is the first training course you can attend to skipper a yacht. Expanding your knowledge and gaining experience in the world of yachting is a nonstop procedure. After you have gained adequate experience as a Day Skipper Motor Cruiser  the next step is usually the RYA Coastal Skipper Motor Cruise  course which is the stepping stone for attending a Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore preparation and exam to gain your professional qualifications. After the course, you will be given an individual full debrief from your instructor who will advise you on the next steps

More information about the RYA Scheme can be found at the official RYA Website

What’s Included

  • Training by certified & experienced RYA instructors

  • RYA Competent Crew / RYA Day Skipper handbook

  • Provisions for breakfast, snacks and lunch on board

  • Fuel for 200NM of training ( 10€ / nm extra charge for extra miles ) 
  • Soft drinks

  • Fuel, gas, water

  • Bed linen & towels

  • Available course material

  • WiFi unlimited internet (speed depending on mobile signal quality)
  • V.A.T

What’s not included

  • Cost of drinks & meals ashore

  • Cost of transfers and flights to / from our base

  • VHF license fee payable to the RYA (GBP 70)


  • Ideal for those who want to become skippers in two weeks
  • Improve skills, gain experience, expand knowledge
  • Day Skipper Motor Cruising certificate holders can apply for an ICC
  • Students – instructor ratio 4:1
  • Minimum of 200 N.M
  • Minimum of 6 Ionian destinations
  • 4 hours night cruising
  • Crystal clear water anchorages
  • Local cuisine & culture
  • Combine training with holidays
  • You will need to bring a passport sized photo

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