RYA Sailing Courses
Fun learning in the Sun

Why get Certified?

RYA Sailing Courses are world renowned as having some of the highest standards of training within the yachting industry.

In many countries, Greece being one of them, you legally need an official sailing certificate in order to charter a yacht.

There are two options with training courses:  A private course (you hire your own yacht and have your own dedicated instructor) OR the more traditional course structure of mixed individuals course.  We are more than happy to teach different courses on the same yacht if you have crew of mixed experience.

At Sail Ionian we have a maximum of 4 trainees on board for the week. The RYA conditions allow for up to 5 pupils but we feel the smaller group size gives more time for individual tuition and attention to all on board, in order to practice and demonstrate skills.

We are situated in an ideal area for both sailing and power handling and aim to provide a unique, valuable and fun learning experience!

What is the RYA?

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the national body for all forms of boating under power or sail, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and narrowboats, and personal watercraft.

Sail Ionian Sea School

If this is your first time on a boat or you are already an experienced sailor, your course will be adapted to your specific needs.  At the same time ensuring all the RYA syllabus in covered in detail.

We are the longest established RYA Sea School in the Ionian. With a good reputation and a team of highly qualified and experienced Instructors teaching the full range of RYA Cruising Courses. Cousres are all taught on a fleet of modern, well maintained and fully equipped yachts.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information about our courses.

RYA Course progression

5 days


5 days

This course is ideal for dinghy sailors, those completely new to sailing or anyone who has already done some crewing but would like to know a little more!


A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship.  This course should be treated as essential for anyone wishing to complete the Day Skipper practical course.


Teaches you the skills of Pilotage, Navigation, Seamanship and boat handling needed to safely skipper a yacht by day.


This is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology essential before taking the Coastal Skipper practical course.


The Coastal Skipper course teaches the skills and techniques required to safely skipper a yacht on coastal or offshore passages by day and night.

5 days + 2 days exam


5 days + 2 days exam

A week of preparation before your exam.  The Yachtmaster Coastal exam is for skippers with he knowledge needed to skipper a sailing yacht on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience to undertake longer passages.

5 days


5 days

A week of preparation before your exam. A Yachtmaster Offshore is competent to skipper a Sailing Yacht on any passage during which the vessel is no more than 150 miles from harbour.