Day Skipper
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RYA Day Skipper in Greece

The RYA Day Skipper in Greece course is designed to build on your existing sailing skills and put your theory knowledge to the test, we will improve your sailing skills and theory understanding by structured teaching sessions run by our highly trained RYA instructors.

There are two ways to take the Day Skipper in Greece course; either charter your own yacht and take an instructor with you, or join a scheduled group course. Click here to enquire about availability and costs or continue reading for more information.

We will teach you how to skipper the yacht safely, with a series of short coastal passages, where you will get the chance to be fully in charge of the yacht from start to finish… with guidance of course.

Whilst it could be described as an intense course, there is still time to stop at a different port each night and enjoy the Ionian islands,

Our amazing sailing area is ideal for training with lots of options of bays and harbours in close proximity, allowing us to practice a wide variety of techniques, all in the comfort of these amazing islands

How Long is the Course:

The course lasts for 5.5 days, including at least one-night passage of 4+ hours. The sixth day gives you the opportunity to take the boat without the instructor, as long as you have been successful. This gives you time with your crew mates, to consolidate all of your newly learned skills and put them in to practice, giving you the confidence, you can skipper the yacht without an instructor.

Preparation for Your RYA Day Skipper Course

Competent Crew Course – This is a great base to start from as it teaches you how to sail, crew and live on the yacht, students who have completed this course prior, generally get to a higher level of sailing competency, which results in a higher pass rate

RYA Day Skipper Theory – this is essential to have completed prior to the course, you can do it online or in a classroom and takes roughly 40 hours.

By having completed both theses course you set yourself up for success, if you do not, then it is likely you will receive an action plan. An action plan explains the steps you need to take in the future to obtain your Day Skipper certificate

Your instructor does not have time to teach you both courses as well as your day skipper in Greece course, if you are unsure that you are not at the correct level, then please contact or contact the Sail Ionian office for more information.

What to expect on Day Skipper in Greece

Busy but fun days – we have a large syllabus to get through so setting off by 9am is key, that means getting up early to have breakfast and preparing the boat for sea

Limited swim stops – although there will be times for a quick dip, you must remember you are on a course and we have limited time to get you through the syllabus. We don’t allow kayaks or paddleboards on courses as they get in the way when training


We recommend students to start a kitty between themselves at the beginning of the week, please remember the students are to provide food and water for your skipper during the course. We recommend provisioning the boat between you all for eating breakfast and lunch onboard, then plan on heading to a taverna in the evenings with maybe one evening meal being cooked aboard

Cabin arrangements – obviously there is a limited number of cabins, 2 or 3 on the training boats. Cabins are sold first come first served, with one cabin always reserved for our instructors. Please speak to the office when booking to see cabin availability

Your yacht will be in great condition and fully MCA coded for Day Skipper in Greece training.

NOTE – all our RYA Day Skipper courses are taught in English.

Read about A Typical RYA Day Skipper in Greece Course Week in our blog!


How you can take the course.


Join a yacht with other students. We like to teach a maximum of 4 people at a time as we feel it gives each individual that extra attention and time from the instructor and also a comfortable space on board the yacht. The course lasts for 5.5 days with successful Day Skippers having the opportunity to skipper the yacht themselves for the remainder of the week with the group, or alternatively practice with the instructor for that extra confidence.


LOW season – £1070 per person

MID season – £1280 per person

HIGH season – £1400 per person

To book please get in touch

2024 RYA joint course availability as of 1st June:

All courses are for either Competent Crew or Day Skipper unless otherwise stated.
Cabins are for single occupancy if booked by one person, or can sometimes be shared by two people if desired, please email to confirm availability and pricing.
16th June – 1 x cabin  for Coastal Skipper or Competent Crew
30th June – 1 x cabin
28th July – 1 x cabin
4th August – 1 x cabin & 1 x saloon
18th August – 2 x cabin & 1 x saloon
8th September – 2 x saloon berths on different yachts
15th September – 1 x saloon berth
15th September – 2 x cabin & 1 x saloon
22nd September – 1 x saloon
22nd September – 2 x cabin & 1 x saloon
29th September – 1 x saloon
6th October – 1 x cabin & 1 x saloon
13th October – 1 x saloon for Coastal Skipper or Competent Crew
13th October – 2 x cabin & 1 x saloon
20th October – 2 x cabin & 1 x saloon
27th October – 2 x cabin & 1 x saloon


Charter a yacht for 7 days with partners, friends or family (Suggested Maximum 4 people). Training this way as a familiar small group gives more personalised tuition, more time in charge of the yacht and additional spaces and comfort. Successful Day Skippers will have the opportunity to skipper the yacht themselves with their family and friends and get an idea of what a yacht holiday as a qualified skipper would be like.


This is the price of the RYA training yacht PLUS the cost of one of our RYA Instructors. Contact Us for details

Note: Skipper will require a cabin


We can schedule courses, depending on yacht availability, from April until the end of October

Please feel free to email us if you have a specific date request

What you will learn

  • Boat Preparation
  • Boat handling in non-tidal waters to a very high standard,
  • Basic pilotage, seamanship and navigation,
  • Safety
  • Passage planning
  • Meteorology

What your course includes

  • 7 days sailing (dependent on arrival time)
  • Access to Course Notes and Log Book (available to purchase)
  • Charts & Navigation Equipment
  • Mooring fees
  • Certification
  • Fully equipped training yacht
  • Fuel
  • Patient and experienced instructor


Preparation for Sea

Knowledge of

  • Basic stability and buoyancy for small vessels


  • Prepare a cruising vessel for sea, including engine checks, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below
  • Selection of sails
Deck Work


  • Prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or an alongside berth
  • Reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions

Knowledge of

  • The use and limitations of AIS


  • Working up Dead Reckoning (DR) and Estimated Position (EP)
  • Use of a lead line, or similar
  • How to work out a course to steer to allow for set, drift and leeway


  • Take and plot visual fixtures
  • Use electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
  • Use secondary means of position fixing
  • Use waypoints and routes
  • Use knowledge of IALA buoyage
  • Maintain navigational records
  • Use an echo sounder


  • Prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour
  • Use leading and clearing lines
  • Use transits and soundings as aids to pilotage


  • How to interpret shipping forecasts and use barometer as a forecasting aid


  • Source forecast information
Rules of the Road


  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
Maintenance and Repair Work

Knowledge of

  • The properties and uses of common synthetic-fibre ropes


  • Maintenance tasks and is able to carry them out


  • The need for periodic maintenance checks on engines and electrical installations
  • Requirements for tool kits, spares and lubricants
  • The locations of filters and bleed points for fuel
  • The tension of drive belts and how to adjust or replace them


  • Carry out checks before starting, while running and after stopping
  • Clean water filters and knows the location of impellors
  • Estimate fuel consumption at various speeds and knows the effects of fouling
  • Basic troubleshooting


  • How to victual a cruising vessel appropriately for the planned passage
Emergency Situations


  • How to issue distress signals by all available means, including distress flares and a VHF radio, in an emergency
  • How to use a life raft
  • How to secure a tow
  • Rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
  • The effects of cold-water shock on a casualty in the water
  • The aftercare requirements of a casualty who has been in the water


  • Carry out out correct action as skipper for the recovery of a man overboard
Yacht Handling under Power

Knowledge of

  • Effects of waves on boat handling and crew comfort


  • Differing styles of hull and propulsion systems
  • How to moor and leave a bow/stern-to mooring (practical experience where possible)
  • How to identify and take into account wind and current conditions when planning and executing manoeuvres (practical experience where possible)


  • Carry out the following manoeuvres under power in various wind and tide conditions:
  • Steer a straight course
  • Turn in a confined space
  • Anchor at a pre-determined position
  • Berth alongside
  • Leave an alongside berth
  • Pick up a mooring buoy
  • Be aware of other water users
Yacht Handling under Sail


  • The characteristics of different types of keel
  • How to identify and take into account wind and current conditions when planning and executing manoeuvres and choosing appropriate sail plan (practical experience where possible)


  • Bring a boat safely to and from a mooring buoy, and anchor under various conditions of wide and tide
  • Steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing
Passage Planning

Knowledge of

  • Marina Locks


  • The practical benefits and limitations of a chart plotter or GNSS


  • Plan and make a coastal passage, taking into account relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew
Night Cruising

Knowledge of

  • Has experienced cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour


  • Special considerations for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identify marks


Course Details

RYA training center

This course is for individuals or families/groups

This course lasts 5 days + 1 free sail day

Student ratio is 4 students to 1 instructor


Minimum age


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