Maximum 5 students to 1 instructor. You will never be asked to share a cabin with a complete stranger.


Including the online theory course provided by an RYA-recognised training centre specialising in online training.

This course is for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake longer coastal passages by day and night.
The training moves away from the shorter passages of Day Skipper and starts looking at passages that require watch-keeping routines, crew management and the ability to pilot a vessel both day and night. With longer passages it is less likely that you will be familiar with the sailing area, so a higher level of overall navigational and pilotage skill needs to be developed



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.

Thessalia School of Sailing runs the 5 day course from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday as a bonus day to practice your new skills. You will arrive in Volos on Saturday and spend the first night on the boat. We will arrive back in Volos on Friday lunchtime, leaving you free to travel home on Friday or Saturday.

Before joining us for the practical course, you will need to complete the RYA Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased course, delivered by, an RYA-recognised training centre specialising in online training.

RYA Coastal Skipper Combined-Thessalia School of Sailing
Required pre-course experience

Minimum age:  18

15 days sea-time, two of these days as skipper, having covered 300 miles with eight night hours.

You will need to complete the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased course, before joining us in Greece.

Also, you will require a vhf license such as RYA SRC certificate.

Duration: 6 days for the practical

Price €1,369

Price includes courier delivery for the theory pack.

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

July 9th-15th Fully booked

September 10th-16th

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

May 20th-26th

September 23rd-29th

Course content: Passage planning, pilotage, passage making and ability as skipper, advanced yacht handling under power, advanced yacht handling under sail, adverse weather conditions, night sailing and watchkeeping, emergency situations.

During the course you will also complete a Yachtmaster qualifying passage of at least 60 nautical miles.

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

Certificates awarded: RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased and RYA Coastal Skipper practical.

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 experienced sailors

RYA Coastal Skipper  (Without the online theory course)

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased (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