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Including: Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Day Skipper online theory

July, August+September €2,746

Go from absolute beginner to Day Skipper in 2 weeks, able to confidently skipper a yacht.

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

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

You have 6 months to complete the theory course, so you can begin learning the theory before coming to Greece. After 2 weeks on the boat, you will have a wealth of experience.

You will arrive in Volos on Saturday and spend the first night on the boat. We begin on Sunday morning with the 5 day, RYA Competent Crew course, foll in the stunning surroundings of Mount Pelion.

Then it's back to sea for the RYA Day Skipper Practical course from Sunday to Thursday. We will arrive back in Volos on Thursday evening, leaving you free to travel home on Friday or Saturday.

You can stay on the boat on Thursday night.

Dates for 2024: (Alternate dates may be available on request) 

August 17th-29th Fully booked

September 7th-19th

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)

Maximum 5 students to 1 instructor. You will never be asked to share a cabin with a complete stranger.
Thessalia School of Sailing-RYA recognised sailing schools in Greece
Required pre-course experience

Minimum age:  16

Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Other courses for beginners
and intermediate sailors

RYA Competent Crew

RYA Day Skipper

RYA Day Skipper (combined) (including the online theory course, provided by 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

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