RYA Training and Sailing Courses
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Sail Ionian RYA Sea School

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

In Greece, as in many other countries, you legally need an official sailing certificate in order to charter a yacht. View our accepted qualifications page for more on this.

Who are 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.

There are two options with the RYA Training Courses. Firstly, a private course (you hire your own yacht and have your own dedicated instructor). Or the more usual and traditional course structure of mixed individuals course.

Why choose Sail Ionian Sea School?

As the longest established RYA Sea School in the Ionian, we have a great reputation and a team of highly qualified and experienced instructors.

We offer a full range of RYA Training Courses, using selected yachts, specially coded for RYA training.

Tailored courses meet the specific needs of the trainees whether this is your first time on a yacht or an already experienced sailor.

Sail Ionian only takes a maximum of 4 trainees on board on our group courses. The RYA regulations allow for up to 5 pupils per course. However, we feel a smaller group size gives us more time for individual attention and tuition.  Thereby, offering the best learning experience and ability to be able to practice and demonstrate skills.

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

We are more than happy to teach different courses on the same yacht if you have crew of mixed experience.

Read about A Typical RYA Course Week in our blog!

See our wide range of practical, theory & specialist courses below:

RYA Practical Courses

Practical Sailing Courses In Greece

RYA Online Theory Courses

Learn RYA Theory From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

Specialist Training Courses

Other Training Courses In Greece

RYA Course progression

5 days


5 days

This course is ideal for dinghy sailors, those who are completely new to sailing or anyone who has already done some crewing but would like to learn 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 the theoretical 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.