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RYA DAY SKIPPER (combined)
Including the online theory course provided by an RYA-recognised training centre specialising in online training.


May €1,090

June €1,318

July, August+September €1,436

Thessalia school of Sailing-RYA sailing schools in Greece
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.

Thessalia School of Sailing runs the 5 day course from

Sunday to Thursday. You will arrive in Volos on Saturday

and spend the first night on the boat. 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 evening.


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.

Maximum 5 students to 1 instructor.
You will never be asked to share a cabin with a complete stranger.
Required pre-course experience

Minimum age:  16

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

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: 5 days

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

May 4th-9th

May 18th-23rd

June 1st-6th

June 8th-13th Fully booked

June 15th-20th

June 29th-July 4th

July 13th-18th Fully booked

July 27th-August 1st

August 3rd-8th

August 24th-29th

August 31st-September 5th

September 14th-19th

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: 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)

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

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