Beginner to RYA Day Skipper Course From: €2.290,00

This two-week Beginner to RYA Day Skipper 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 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 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 online RYA Day Skipper theory course – around 40 hours online and the back-to-back RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper practical. 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, 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 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 Beginner to RYA Day Skipper 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 to our base. You have a free Sunday on week one and we start again on Monday 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 classroom in Sivota 
  • By Sunday 09.00 we will have to leave the yachts until 16.00  for our base crew to get them ready for the second week

About the Certificate 

The RYA Day Skipper 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 week of – 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 emergencies 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 sailing 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 sail

What is included
  • RYA Day Skipper online theory
  • RYA SRC Marine Radio online + classroom exam
  • RYA Competent Crew practical
  • RYA Day Skipper practical
Pre-Course Experience &
Assumed Knowledge
  • No experience required
  • No prior knowledge required
Duration10 days training + 3 extra days on board
Minimum Recommended Age16
Students – Instructor Ratio5:1 maximum
  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat and her rigging and sails
  • Sail handling
  • Rope work
  • Fire precautions and fighting
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Man Overboard
  • Emergency Equipment
  • Manners and Customs
  • Rules of the Road
  • Dinghies
  • Meteorology
  • Helmsmanship and Sailing
  • General Duties
  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engines
  • Victualling
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making
  • Night cruising
  • SRC Radio operation
After the Course Experience
  • 13 days on board
  • 200 N.M
  • 8 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 Certificate
  • RYA SRC Certificate
Price for individuals *
  • Low season 2.290 €
  • Mid season 2.490 €
  • High season 2.690 €

Plus 900 € for single cabin use

Price for private tuition **
  • BAVARIA 39/ FLUID 1/ 2008
  • DUFOUR 390 / FLUID 2 / 2021
  • BENETEAU FIRST 45F5 / FLUID 3 / 1996
  • FLUID 1 – Low 10.200€ /Mid 11.400€ /High 11.800€
  • FLUID 2 – Low 13.200€ /Mid 14.200€ /High 15.200€
  • FLUID 3 – Low 10.600€ /Mid 11.800€ /High 12.200€
  • FLUID 5 – Low 12.800€ /Mid 13.800€ /High 14.800€
  • Low season Before May 19th & After Sep 29th
  • Mid season May 19th to June 30th & Sep 1st to Sep 29th
  • High season June 30th to Sep 1st
  • 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 a maximum another 4 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 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 consider 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)

Next Steps After the Beginner to RYA Day Skipper Course

The Day Skipper 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 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 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

  • Ingidients   for continental breakfast, and snack lunch on board. *Feel free to bring your provisions

  • 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

  • Please note that it is difficult for us to cater to special diets. If you need specific ingredients, which may be difficult to find in Greece, we suggest you bring them with you

  • 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 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

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