RYA Day Skipper  Course in Greece From: €990,00

The RYA Day Skipper  course in Greece with ionianMode is best suited for those who want to develop their dexterity, know-how, and knowledge of sail

The RYA Day Skipper  course in Greece is ideal for those who want to improve their skills, expand their knowledge, and gain experience 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 into 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 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 and the Coastal 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 to 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.
  • The yachts for Private Tuition are ready for accommodation by Sunday midday, the course starts on Monday and finishes on Saturday at noon back in our base.
  • By Sunday 09.00 we will have to leave the yachts for our base crew to get them ready for the next group.

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.

The participants of the RYA Skipper practical course are expected to have the required level of theory knowledge ( Day Skipper theory level ). This 6-day 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 to fill any gaps you have in theory and navigation.

  • 5 days
  • 100 miles
  • 4 night hours
  • RYA 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)
Duration5 days training + 1 extra day on board
Minimum Recommended Age16
Students – Instructor Ratio5:1 maximum
  • 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
Price for individuals *
  • Low season 990€
  • Mid season 1.090€
  • High season 1.190€

* Plus 50% for single cabin use

** Plus 290€ for the RYA Day Skipper Online Theory Course

Price for private tuition **
  • BAVARIA 39/ FLUID 1/ 2008
  • DUFOUR 390 / FLUID 2 / 2021
  • BENETEAU FIRST 45F5 / FLUID 3 / 1996

* RYA Day Skipper Online Theory Course 290€ / Student

  • 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 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)

Next Steps After the RYA Day Skipper 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. 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 www.rya.org.uk

What’s Included

  • Training by certified & experienced RYA instructors

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Handbook

  • Ingredients 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



  • Ideal for those who want to become skippers
  • Improve skills, gain experience, expand knowledge
  • Day Skipper certificate holders can apply for an ICC
  • Students – instructor ratio 5:1
  • Minimum of 100 N.M
  • Minimum of 6 Ionian destinations
  • 4 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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