RYA Competent Crew Course From: €990,00

The RYA Competent Crew course in Greece with ionianMode is the  most-suitable course for beginners

The RYA Competent Crew course in Greece 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 to move to the next step.

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. Onece everyone has arrived we will have the chance to discuss the course and the plan for the week. 
  • 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 in our base.
  • During your training, you will sail a minimum distance of 100NM around the islands of the Ionian in Greece 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 in Greece 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 afternoon back in our base.
  • By Sunday 09.00 we will have to leave the yachts for our base crew to get her ready for the next group.

About the Course 

During the RYA Competent Crew 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 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.

Pre-Course ExperienceNo experience required.
Assumed KnowledgeNo prior knowledge required.
Duration5 days training + 1 extra day on board
Minimum Recommended Age12
Students – Instructor Ratio5:1 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
  • Low season 990€
  • Mid season 1.090€
  • High season 1.190€

Plus 50% 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 4.400€ /Mid 5.000€ /High 5.200€
  • FLUID 2 – Low 5.900€ /Mid 6.400€ /High 6.900€
  • FLUID 3 – Low 4.600€ /Mid 5.200€ /High 5.400€
  • FLUID 5 – Low 5.700€ /Mid 6.200€ /High 6.700€
  • 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 of 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 RYA Competent Crew

After the course having spent 6 days on our training yacht, you will have the experience of at least 100 N.M and some night sail. You will be familiar with the day-to-day duties of a yacht and you will have all the necessary prerequisites for the next level.

After the course, you will be given an individual full debrief from your instructor who will advise you on the next steps. The next step usually after the Competent Crew course is the Day Skipper theory course followed by the Day Skipper practical course.

More information about the RYA Scheme can be found at the official RYA website www.rya.org.uk

 What’s Included

  • Training by certified & experienced RYA instructors

  • RYA Competent Crew Handbook

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

  • Fuel, gas, water

  • Bed linen & towels

  • Course material available

  • WiFi unlimited internet (speed depending on mobile signal quality)

  • V.A.T

What’s not included

  • Cost of drinks & meals ashore,When we eat ashore, each person pays for their own food and drink.

  • 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


  • RYA 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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