Private RYA Catamaran Training

RYA Competent Crew / RYA Day Skipper

From: €6.580,00

Most-suitable courses for Catamaran owners or future Catamaran owners. 

Generally learning how to sail should be really done on a monohull sailboat. Feeling of sailing, the amount a sailboat heels over depending on your actions / reefing, the thrill is so much different on a monohull.

On the other side a catamaran is spacier, doesn’t heel and has two engines so even if sailing principles of course are the same there are minor differences and if you are a catamaran owner you can gain catamaran specific experience with those two courses.

The RYA Competent Crew course is ideal for beginners. It’s the ideal course for those who want to be active crew members and not just passengers and for those who want to learn the basics and gain experience in order to move to the next step.

The tuition yachts are ready for accommodation by Saturday afternoon.
On day one you will join the yacht and you will meet your instructor. Upon arrival, you will be 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. In case of a mixed group 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 Sunday morning from our base in Lefkas (Lefkas port) and finishes on Thursday afternoon. We have a fun morning on Friday and around noon we return back in our base.
During your training, you will sail a minimum distance of 100NM 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 one 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.
By Saturday 09.00 we will have to leave the yachts in order for our base crew to get her ready for the next group.

During the course 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.

Pre-Course Experience No experience required.
Assumed Knowledge No prior knowledge required.
Duration 5 days training + 1 extra day on board
Minimum Recommended Age 12
Students – Instructor Ratio 5:1 maximum
Course Syllabus
  • 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
After the Course Experience
  • 6 days on board
  • 100 N.M
  • 4 hrs night sail
Certificate Granted ( upon succesful completion ) RYA Competent Crew Certificate

The RYA Day Skipper practical course is ideal for those who want to improve their skills, expand their knowledge and gain experience in order to be able to skipper a yacht safely with confidence in familiar waters by day. At the end of this course you will be able to skipper a yacht in short passages. This course is more intense than the Competent Crew course as we will go deeper on all of the aspects of the Day Skipper theory and we will transfer everything you learned on the theory course into practice. We will work on yacht and catamaran handling techniques under sail and power and we will develop together your skippering skills. During the 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 Saturday afternoon.

On day one you will join the yacht and you will meet your instructor. Upon arrival, you will be 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.
In case of a mixed group 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 Sunday morning from our base in Lefkas (Lefkas port) and finishes on Thursday afternoon. We have a fun morning on Friday and around noon we return back in our base.

During your training, you will sail a minimum distance of 100NM 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 one 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.

By Sarturday 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.

The participants of the RYA Skipper practical course are expected to have the required level of theory knowledge ( Day Skipper theory level ). This 6 days practical course includes lots of navigation, chart work and sailing and therefore there is not enough time for the instructor to teach theory from scratch. Your instructor though will coach and guide you in order to fill any gaps you have in theory and navigation.

Pre-Course Experience
  • 5 days
  • 100 miles
  • 4 night hours
Assumed Knowledge
  • Competent crew level skills & experience
  • Day Skipper level theory knowledge (we strongly recommend that you do the Day Skipper theory course before the practical. This can be done online or in a classroom)
Duration 5 days training + 1 extra day on board
Minimum Recommended Age 16
Students – Instructor Ratio 5:1 maximum
Course Syllabus
  • 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
After the Course Experience
  • 6 days on board
  • 100 N.M
  • 4 night hours
  • Ability to skipper a yacht in short passages
Certificate Granted ( upon succesful completion ) RYA Day Skipper Certificate
 
  • Lagoon 380 / 2009, 4 double cabins, 2 single cabins, 2 heads
  • Lagoon 40 / 2020, 4 double cabins, 2 single cabins, 4 heads
  • Low 6.580€ / Mid 7.500€ / High 7650€
  • Low 8.000€ / Mid 10.000 € / High 10.200 €
Price for private tuition
(this course is not available to individuals)
  • Lagoon 42 / 2020, 4 double cabins, 1 single cabin, 4 heads, 1 WC
  • Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42 / 2021, 4 double cabins, 2 single cabins, 4 heads
  • Lagoon 46 / 2023, 4 double cabins, 2 single cabins, 4 heads
  • Low 9.240€ / Mid 12.000 € / High 12.200 €
  • Low 9.440 € / Mid 12.200 € / High 12.440 €
  • Low 10.930 € / Mid 14.900 € / High 15.065 €
 
  • Low season Before May 20st & After Sep 30th
  • Mid season May 20st to Jul 1st & Sep 2nd to Sep 30th
  • High season July 1st to Sep 2nd
 

NEXT STEPS

After the course you will be given an individual full debrief from your instructor who will advise you on the next steps.

Usually the next step after the Competent Crew course is the Day Skipper theory course followed by the Day Skipper practical course.

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.

 

 

 What’s Included

  • Training by certified & experienced RYA instructors

  • Bed linen & towels

  • Course material available

  • V.A.T

What’s not included

  • Cost of provisions, drinks & meals ashore for group and instructor

  • Cost of transfers and flights to / from our base

  • Morring fees

  • Catamaran fuel

Highlights

  • RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper Certificate

  • Students – instructor ratio 5:1
  • Minimum of 100 N.M
  • Minimum of 6 Ionian destinations
  • Experience night sail
  • Crystal clear water anchorages
  • Local cuisine & culture
  • Combine training with holidays




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