Beginner to RYA Day Skipper
This two week course is best-suited for those who want to start with no experience and reach skipper level knowledge and skipper and VHF certification.
The Beginner to RYA Day Skipper practical and theory course is ideal for those who want to build skills and gain knowledge and experience in order to be able to skipper a yacht safely with confidence in familiar waters by day. At the end of this 2 week 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 RYA online Essential Navigation and Seamanship theory course – around 10-12 hrs online and the back to back RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper practicals. We will work on yacht handling techniques under sail and power and we will develop together your skippering skills. During the second week you will prepare passage plans, you will navigate, you will organise a night sail and you will be in charge at times in order to gain experience as a skipper.
The tuition yachts are ready for accommodation by Sunday midday.
On day one you will join the 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.
On Sunday afternoon the Day Skipper candidates will have the chance to revise the theory and the competent crew candidates to familiarise themselves with the yacht and her equipment.
The course starts on Monday morning from our base in Lefkas (Sivota Bay) and finishes on Friday afternoon. We have a fun morning on Saturday and around noon we return back in our base. You have a free Sunday on week one and we start again on Moday morning on week two.
During your training, you will sail 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 yachts for Private Tuition are ready for accommodation by Sunday midday, the course starts on Monday and finishes on Saturday noon of week two back in our base.
The VHF test is taken on Saturday afternoon in our Lygia classroom.
By Sunday 09.00 we will have to leave the yachts in order for our base crew to get her ready for the next group.
The RYA Day Skipper certificate is the minimum accepted certificate by the most authorities worldwide in order 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 internationally recognised qualification.
During the first week – RYA Competent Crew 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 emergency situations and how to participate in the day to day duties of the yacht as a confident crew member. You will have the chance to experience some night sail and to assist on a longer passage. By the end of the course you will be familiar with the yacht her sails and her equipment.
During the second week – RYA Day Skipper practical focus changes mostly to navigation, chart work and sailing
|What is included||
|Pre-Course Experience & Assumed Knowledge||
|Duration||10 days training + 3 extra days on board|
|Minimum Recommended Age||16|
|Students – Instructor Ratio||5:1 maximum|
|After the Course Experience||
|Certificate Granted ( upon succesful completion )||
|Price for individuals *|
Plus 900 € for single cabin use
|Price for private tuition **|
INDIVIDUALS Join our tuition yacht together with other students and learn how to sail in the Ionian combining training with holidays. You will share the yacht with maximum another 4 students plus the instructor. Provisions for breakfast and lunch as well 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 sail together the option of a private tuition is ideal as you won’t share the yacht with someone else except your instructor. Charter a coded vessel from our fleet considering a cabin for your instructor and combine training with holidays. (fuel, provisions, the cost of the instructor’s meals and mooring fees are not included in the price)
The Day Skipper course is the first training course you can attend in order to skipper a yacht. Expanding your knowledge and gaining experience in the world of yachting is a non stop procedure. After you have gained adequate experience as a Day Skipper the next step is usually the RYA Coastal Skipper course which is the stepping stone for attending a Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore preparation and exam in order 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
Training by certified & experienced RYA instructors
RYA Competent Crew / RYA Day Skipper handbook
Provisions for breakfast, snacks and lunch on board
Fuel, gas, water
Bed linen & towels
Available course material
- WiFi unlimited internet (speed depending on mobile signal quality)
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 60)
- Ideal for those who want to become skippers in two weeks
- Improve skills, gain experience, expand knowledge
- Day Skipper certificate holders can apply for an ICC
- Students – instructor ratio 5:1
- Minimum of 200 N.M
- Minimum of 6 Ionian destinations
- 8 hours night sail
- Crystal clear water anchorages
- Local cuisine & culture
- Combine training with holidays
- You will need to bring a passport sized photo