This combination of theory and practical courses is aiming to train beginners in order to be able to skipper a yacht safely with confidence in familiar waters by day.
The duration of the theory course is 5 days ( 09.00 to 17.00 ), held at our Lygia classroom in Lefkada, followed by a 6 days practical course sailing around the Ionian islands.

It is the perfect way for those who want to combine training with holidays in a place like the Ionian.
During your theory course daily you will have time to explore the island of Lefkada and during your practical course you will have the chance to visit at least 6 different destinations of the Ionian.

Our classroom is fully equipped with all the necessary course materials and essential parts and equipment of a yacht where you will be able to familiarise yourself with the safety and emergency equipment of a yacht.

Price for individuals *
( theory + practical )
  • Low season 1.590€
  • Mid season 1.690€
  • High season 1.790€

Plus 490€ for single cabin use

Price for private tuition depends on number of students (add 600€ per person to this pricing) **
  • BAVARIA 39/ FLUID 1/ 2008
  • DUFOUR 390 / FLUID 2 / 2021
  • BENETEAU FIRST 45F5 / FLUID 3 / 1996
  • BENETEAU OCEANIS 43 / FLUID 4 / 2010
  • Low 4.400€ /Mid 5.000€ /High 5.200€
  • Low 5.900€ /Mid 6.400€ /High 6.900€
  • Low 4.600€ /Mid 5.200€ /High 5.400€
  • Low 4.900€ /Mid 5.500€ /High 5.700€
  • 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 combing 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 courses in detail and Pre-requisites in order to participate

RYA Day Skipper theory Course ( classroom )

The Day Skipper theory course is a shore based course. This course will equip you with essential knowledge in order to prepare your self for the Day Skipper practical course. This course includes lots of navigation, meteorology, collision regulations and safety procedures.
Our enthusiastic instructors will guide and coach you in order to gain the necessary experience on chartwork and navigation.
Our classroom is fully equipped with all the necessary course materials and essential parts and equipment of a yacht where you will be able to familiarise your self with the safety and communication equipment of a yacht.

RYA DAY Skipper Practical

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 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 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

What’s Included

  • Services of experienced RYA instructors
  • RYA Day skipper theory notes
  • All course materials available
  • Coffee / tea / snacks during the theory course
  • Provisions breakfast / lunch throughout the practical course
  • Fuel, gas, water, mooring fees
  • Bed linen, towels
  • V.A.T

What’s not included

  • Cost of meals during the theory course
  • Cost of drinks and meals ashore during the practical course
  • Cost of transfers and flights to / from our base


  • Combination of theory and practical course
  • Navigation and meteorology theory
  • Ideal for those who want to be qualified as skippers
  • Ideal for recreational sailors who want to be able to charter a yacht for holidays
  • The holders of a RYA Day skipper certificate can apply for an ICC ( international certificate of competence )

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