Maximum 5 students to 1 instructor. You will never be asked to share a cabin with a complete stranger.
Go from absolute beginner to Day Skipper in 12 days, able to confidently skipper a yacht.

The RYA no longer distinguish between tidal and non-tidal sailing areas, so a certificate gained in Greece has the same value as one attained in the UK.

Learn to sail in the idyllic conditions of the eastern Mediterranean.

The course includes the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased online course, delivered by Navathome.com, an RYA-recognised training centre specialising in online training.

Thessalia School of Sailing-RYA recognised sailing schools in Greece

You have 6 months to complete the theory

course, so you can begin learning the theory

before coming to Greece, then after 2 weeks on

the boat, you will have a wealth of experience,

allowing you to complete the theory course and

take the exam online.

You will arrive in Volos on Saturday and spend the first night on the boat in Volos harbour.

We begin on Sunday, with the 6 day RYA Competent Crew course, followed by a day of rest to brush up on your chartwork in the stunning surroundings of Mount Pelion. Then it's back aboard for the RYA Day Skipper Practical course from Sunday to Friday. We will arrive back in Volos on Friday lunchtime, leaving you free to travel home on Friday or Saturday.

Required pre-course experience

Minimum age:  18

There is no requirement for any previous experience to take part in this course, but it will help if you begin the online course before coming to Greece.

Duration: 12 days (plus 1 day rest)

Price €2,326

Price includes courier delivery for the theory pack.

Dates for 2022 (Alternate dates may be available on request)

July 23rd-August 5th Fully booked

September 24th-October 7th Fully booked

Dates for 2023: (Alternate dates may be available on request)

June 3rd-16th

June 24th-July 7th

July 15th-28th

August 26th-September 8th   

Course content:

Shorebased section:

Charts and Publications, tidal awareness, anchoring, safety, buoyage, visual and electronic navigation, rules of the road, weather forecasts.

Practical section:

Week 1: Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions and fire fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, avoiding seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road, use of the dinghy.


Week 2: Preparation for sea, deck work, pilotage, maintenance and repair work, engine checks, victualling, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising


Maximum Student to Instructor ratio: 5:1


Method of assessment: There are no exams for the practical sections. Your instructor will assess your progress throughout the course.

The navigation course includes an online examination.

Certificates awarded: RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper, RYA Day Skipper Shorebased certificate.

Included in the price: Breakfast, lunch and 3 evening meals on board the yacht. You’ll get freshly laundered linen & towels, pillows, and bedding. Also included are fuel and mooring fees and the online theory course with assistance from a Yachtmaster Instructor.

Not included: Meals eaten ashore and the cost of getting here (Please refer to our getting here page)

Other courses for beginners
and intermediate sailors

RYA Competent Crew

RYA Day Skipper

RYA Day Skipper (combined) (including the online theory course, provided by Navathome.com an RYA-recognised training centre specialising in online training)

Thessalia School of Sailing is an RYA-recognised training centre offering RYA sailing courses in Greece