RYA Helmsman Course From: €800

The RYA Helmsman  course with ionianMode in Greece is the most suitable course for beginners

The RYA Helmsman 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 to move to the next step.

The 2-Day Schedule

  • 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. 
  • The course starts from our base in Lefkas (Sivota Bay) at 09.00 and finishes the next afternoon.

About the Course 

This two-day course covers basic boat handling, helmsmanship, safety, and basic engine maintenance. It aims to teach boat handling & safety within a defined area. It is specific to the type of boat in which the course is carried out and is therefore particularly suitable as an own boat course for new owners of motor cruisers who are conscious of the difficulty and potential hazards of boat handling in the marina. It is useful for crews as well as skippers. Apart from the obvious safety benefits of extra boat handlers on board, it adds interest if everyone can contribute to the trip.

No experience required.
Assumed KnowledgeNo prior knowledge required.
Duration2 Days
Minimum Recommended Age12
Students – Instructor Ratio4 : 1 maximum
Course Syllabus
  • Boat preparation
  • boat handling
  • securing to a buoy
  • berthing alongside
  • man overboard
  • types of craft
  • engines and drives
  • engine operation and maintenance
  • safety and seamanship
  • rules of the road.
After the Course Experience
  • 2 days on board
  • 100 N.M
Certificate Granted ( upon succesful completion )RYA Helmsman
Price For Individuals 
  • 800€
Price for private tuition **
  • M/Y Champagne Sunseeker 46
  • 3000€ 
  • INDIVIDUALS Join our tuition yacht together with other students. You will share the yacht with a maximum of another 3 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 motorboat together the option of private tuition is ideal as you won’t share the yacht with someone else except your instructor. Charter our M/Y Sunseeker, 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 Helmsman Course 

After the course having spent 2 days on our training yacht, you will have the experience of at least 100 N.M. 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 RYA Helmsman Course course is the RYA Day Skipper theory course followed by the RYA Day Skipper Motor 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

  • Provisions for breakfast, snacks and lunch on board

  • Soft drinks

  • 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

  • Cost of transfers and flights to/from our base


  • RYA Helmsman

  • Students – instructor ratio 4:1

  • Minimum of 100 N.M
  • Minimum of 2 Ionian destinations
  • Crystal clear water anchorages
  • Local cuisine & culture
  • Combine training with holidays

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