RYA Yachtmaster Theory & Preparation with ionianMode in Greece

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory & Practical Preparation Course 

  • A fitting blend between practical and theory lessons for sailors with experience wanting to sit the Yachtmaster Offshore Exams
  • This combination of theory and practical courses is aiming to prepare experienced skippers for the Yachtmaster Offshore exams.
  • The duration of the theory course is 6 days ( 09.00 to 18.00 ) and it will be held in our classroom in Sivota  Lefkada, followed by 5 days of practical preparation and the exams the duration of which is 1 to 2 days depending on the number of candidates.
Total Duration14 Days
Total Price1.950€
Extra costs£224 exam fee payable to the RYA
  • 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. Accomodation may be shared and sallon 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 incuded in the price )
Dates7 – 19/1021/10-2/114 – 16/11
Available Spaces444

The courses in detail and Pre-requisites to participate

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore theory ( classroom )

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore theory course is shore-based. This course is an advanced navigation course for experienced skippers who want to expand the knowledge gained during the RYA Day skipper theory course. This course will equip you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques. This course includes lots of advanced navigation, advanced meteorology, regulations, advanced chartwork, passage planning as well pilotage.
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 familiarize yourself with the safety and communication equipment of a yacht.

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore ( Preparation & Exam )

The holders of the MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate with commercial endorsement can skipper a commercial yacht <200 gt up to 150 miles from safe heaven day or night.
The MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate is a great achievement for those who want to start a career in yachting as well as for recreational sailors who want to expand their knowledge and improve their skippering skills. The holders of MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore have the option to become instructors as well as to progress to the MCA merchant scheme.
The duration of the preparation is 5 days followed by a 1 to 2 days exam depending on the number of candidates. The 5-day preparation is quite intense and is conducted by experienced Yachtmaster instructors to already experienced sailors with deep knowledge of theory. During the preparation, your instructor will coach you accordingly to fill any gaps and improve any weaknesses of yours.
The duration of the exam is 8 to 12 hours per candidate in which you will have to demonstrate a wide breadth of existing knowledge and skippering skills.

Next Steps After the  RYA Yachtmaster Offshore 

The holders of an MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate have the option to become instructors as well as to progress to the MCA merchant scheme.

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

What’s Included

  • Services of experienced RYA instructors
  • Yachtmaster theory notes
  • All course materials available
  • Coffee/tea / snacks during the theory course
  • Accommodation on the training yacht throughout the practical course (and theory dependent on availability)
  • Provisions for meals onboard throughout the practical preparation
  • 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 preperation
  • 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 start a career as professional skippers
  • Ideal for recreational sailors who want to expand their knowledge and improve their skippering skills
  • Prerequisite to become an RYA instructor
  • Prerequisite to progress to the MCA merchant scheme

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