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RYA SEA SCHOOL: Sail Cruising Courses in Greece

We are the longest established RYA Sea School in the Southern Ionian. Our courses are taught by very experienced and professional instructors on well maintained and fully equipped yachts. We offer a range of non-tidal RYA courses. So if you want to gain your RYA qualification abroad, sailing in the Mediterranean sea, have a look at what we have to offer.

If you and your crew are of mixed abilities, we are happy to teach different sailing courses on the same yacht. Our courses are personalised to meet your needs and expectations. With a maximum of four per course, this gives time for individual tuition and attention to all on board. Situated in an ideal area to learn both sailing and boat handling, we aim to provide a unique, valuable and fun learning experience.

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We also offer: FAMILY COURSES, LADIES ONLY COURSES, COUPLES ONLY COURSES, OWN BOAT TUITION, MOORING PRACTICE DAYS and OTHER OPTIONS. See our COURSE FINDER

Email our instructors for advice or call 0800 321 3800 for advice about holidays, yachts, offers and booking.

RYA Start Yachting (2 Days)

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A short introduction to yacht sailing for those who have never sailed before. This course aims to introduce many aspects of sailing and you will learn some of the skills required to be useful crew on a yacht. Skills includes knots and rope handling, sailing terms, points of sail, safety and much, much more. It is a relaxed and fun 2 days.

Assumed knowledge: None

Please enquire for pricing and availability

This course is ideal for those wanting to try sailing for the first time and looking to gain a certification at the same time. Following courses: Competent Crew.

RYA Competent Crew (5 Days)

Competent Crew

A perfect introduction to sailing!

This course is ideal for dinghy sailors, novice sailors or inexperienced sailors. You will learn all the skills required to be a useful crew member aboard a yacht anywhere in the world. This includes knots and rope handling, sailing terms, points of sail, mooring techniques, man overboard, using the dinghy, safety and much much more. We will also incorporate some extras into your training and you will be mooring and navigating the boat each day.

Minimum age for this course is 8 years and there is no maximum age!

Assumed knowledge: none or dinghy sailors

Following courses: Day Skipper theory and Day Skipper practical

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RYA Day Skipper (non tidal) (5 Days)

DAY SKipper

This course teaches you the skills needed to safely skipper a yacht in familiar non-tidal waters by day.

You will be taught boat handling to a very high standard, basic pilotage, seamanship and navigation, safety and much more. The course duration is 5 days, including at least one night passage of 4+ hours. The sixth day gives you the opportunity to take the boat without the instructor.

Whilst it is a reasonably intense course, there is still time to stop at different ports each night and enjoy the Ionian islands. You will have plenty of time at the helm and without tides to worry about, your learning can really focus on boat handling and sail trim.

Min Age: 16 years. We require you have completed at least 5 days sea time, including 100 miles, and 4 night hours prior to taking the course. This is commonly achieved in the form of a Competent Crew course. It is also strongly recommended that you have completed the Day Skipper theory before taking the practical course.

Following courses: Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory and Mile Building trips

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Coastal Skipper (non tidal) (5 Days)

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The Coastal Skipper course teaches the skills and techniques required to safely skipper a yacht on a coastal passage by day or night in non tidal waters. The 5 days provides a great opportunity to sail further afield within the Ionian, meet more challenging conditions and gain more experience in sail and power handling, passage planning and emergency situations. We require that you have boat handling abilities to Day Skipper standards and have completed the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory.

Min Age: 17 years.

Sail Ionian also runs Coastal Skipper Tidal Courses in the Caribbean.

Following Courses: Yachtmaster Preparation and more mile building

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Yachtmaster Coastal Preparation and RYA/MCA Examination

Yachtmaster

This is a preparation week, or two weeks, before taking the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Examination. It is a thorough week of training including plenty of night sailing, sailing and powerboating exercises and navigation plus much more.

Min Age: 17 years. To take the exam candidates require minimum: 30 Days seatime, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours (min half of these miles must be tidal). Also required: VHF licence, First Aid Certificate.

Following Courses: Mile Building, Yachtmaster Offshore further specialist courses.

Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation and RYA/MCA Examination

This is an intensive preparation week or two weeks before taking the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Examination. Sailing will not be limited to the Ionian. It is a thorough week of training including plenty of night sailing, sailing exercises and power handling exercises as well as navigation and passage planning and much more.

Min Age: 17 years. To take the exam candidates require minimum: 50 Days seatime, 5 min passages over 60 miles in which min 2 were as skipper, 2500 miles (half in tidal waters), experience navigating and skippering at night. Also required: VHF licence, First Aid Certificate.

Following Courses: Mile Building and further specialist courses.

PRICES

Join a yacht with up to 3 other persons doing a similar RYA course OR charter your own yacht and have private instruction.

JOINT COURSE -LOW SEASON (End April - May, End Sept - Nov) £550 / Person - 7 days
JOINT COURSE- MID/HIGH SEASON £600 / Person - 7 days
PRIVATE COURSE - WHOLE SEASON (2 - 5 persons) Please Enquire for Prices and Availability

Ask a question on email or call us on 0800 321 3800. One of our instructors is to hand to answer your questions from 9am - 5pm every day. If you send us an email will get back to you within the hour.

INCLUDED: 7 days sailing, Log Book, course materials, mooring fees, certification, max 4 persons on board, fully equipped training yacht, sailing from the sunday you arrive, experienced instructor, expert tuition on quality yachts, no additional hidden extras. If you charter the whole yacht, sail yourselves after your tuition for an additional week or more (Food and Travel additional).

 

PRIVATE RYA COURSES

Why not combine a sailing holiday with one of our 5 day RYA sail training courses? You and your group will receive bespoke instruction from one of our instructors for the duration of the course and depending on its sucess are able to take the boat without a skipper for the rest of your sailing holiday. This gives you the chance to practice as a team of sailors and really build your confidence. During the course, we ensure everyone has a go at sailing and mooring the boat, whatever age or ability.If you and your crew would like to be qualified and are mixed abilities, we are happy to teach different RYA courses on the same yacht. Get a Quote

Price for RYA Instructor: £750 (total) *PLUS price of your yacht for the week

We would suggest a Bavaria 35/38/40 as the best option for 3 or 4 people and a Bavaria 32/33 for 2 people.

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