RYA Sailing Courses

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 now need an official sailing certificate in order to charter a yacht.

Our courses can be taught as a private course (you hire your own yacht and have your own dedicated instructor) or the more traditional course structure of a mixed 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 persons on board for the week as we think this gives more time for individual tuition and attention to all on board.

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

Whether this will be your first time on a boat or you are already an experienced sailor, you course will be adapted to your specific needs, at the same time as covering the RYA syllabus.

We are the longest established RYA Sea School in the Ionian and have a team of highly qualified and experienced Instructors teaching the full range of RYA Cruising Courses on a fleet of modern, well maintained and fully equipped yachts.Please don’t hesitate to call or email us if you require any further information about our courses.

Follow this link for the Sail Ionian RYA joining instructions.

RYA Course progression

5 days

RYA COMPETENT CREW

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!

RYA DAY SKIPPER SHORE BASED

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.

RYA DAY SKIPPER PRACTICAL

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

COASTAL SKIPPER & YACHTMASTER
OFFSHORE THEORY

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

COASTAL SKIPPER PRACTICAL

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

RYA/MCA YACHTMASTER COASTAL

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

RYA/MCA YACHTMASTER OFFSHORE

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.