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

RYA DAY SKIPPER (combined)

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

If you already have basic knowledge of sailing and wish to move up to the next level, the Day Skipper combined course will provide you with the experience required to 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.

Thessalia School of Sailing runs the 5 day practical

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 enrol in the online Day Skipper Theory 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, then after 5 days on the boat, you will have a wealth of experience, allowing you to complete the online course and take the theory exam online.

Required pre-course experience

Minimum age:  18

It is not possible to complete this course as a complete beginner. It is assumed that you are proficient in the topics covered in the Competent Crew course and that you understand the basics of sailing, rope work, seamanship and have experienced at least 100 miles on a cruising yacht as an active crew member.

Course content:

Shorebased section:

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


Practical section:

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


Duration: 6 days


Price €1,216

Price includes courier delivery of the theory pack.

Dates for 2020: (Alternate dates may be available on request)

October 3rd-9th Fully booked

October 10th-16th fully booked

October 24th-30th

October 31st-November 6th

Dates for 2021: (Alternate dates may be available on request)

April 3rd-9th

May 15th-21st

June 5th-11th

July 17th-23rd

August 7th-13th

August 28th-September 3rd

September 11th-17th

October 9th-15th

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

The navigation course includes an online examination.


Certificates awarded: RYA Day Skipper practical, RYA Day Skipper Shorebased.

Included in the price: All meals on board the yacht. On board you’ll get freshly laundered linen & towels, pillows, and bedding.

The online navigation course and online assistance from a Yachtmaster Instructor.

You will receive your RYA Logbook, to record your mileage and the future courses that you may attend.

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


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

Thessalia School of Sailing is a UK-registered Ltd company. Company number: 10543517

Office 32, 19-21 Crawford St,, London W1H 1PJ
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