Required pre-course experience

Minimum age:  18

You must have:

Sailed 2500 miles in the last 10 years, Half in Tidal waters.

Completed 5, 60 mile passages, 2 as Skipper and 2 at night (Tidal or Non-Tidal).

Spent 50 days on board (not consecutively).

You must also:

Hold a recognised VHF Licence.

Hold a recognised first aid qualification, such as RYA First Aid.


For Commercial Endorsements, you must::

Hold a valid Sea Survival Certificate, such as RYA Basic Sea Survival

Hold a valid Medical and Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR)Cert

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


A holder of the Yachtmaster™ Offshore certificate is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour.
A commercially-endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore certificate allows the holder to work in the Industry, anywhere in the world.

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.

You will be expected to have completed the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course before joining us in Volos.

Under the professional tuition of an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, you will be coached to meet the exacting requirements of the RYA Examiner during the preparation week.


With a maximum of 4 students to 1 instructor, you will have plenty of time to practice: sailing by day and night, theory revision, and brushing up on your personal sailing skills.

The course begins on Saturday afternoon in Volos, arriving back in Volos on wednesday afternoon. The exam will begin on Thursday morning and finish on either Friday or Saturday morning, depending on the number of students

Duration: 6 days, including the exam

Price €1,180

Price includes the cost of the exam and the examiner's travel expenses

Dates for 2020:

September 5th-11th Fully booked

Dates for 2021:

April 17th-23rd

July 10th-16th

Course content: The instructor will asses your strengths and weaknesses and coach you in the areas required to pass the examination.


Special attention will be paid to:

passage planning, man overboard recovery, close quarters handling, skippering techniques, navigation in restricted visibility, pilotage and knowledge of the International Collision Regulations.

You will be fully debriefed at the end of each day, giving you chance to work on any weak areas.

Included in the price: Use of the school yacht and all the equipment. The cost of the exam and the examiners travel expenses.

All meals on board the yacht. On board you’ll get freshly laundered linen & towels, pillows, and bedding. You will receive your RYA Logbook, to record your mileage and the future courses that you may attend.

Method of assessment: 8-12 hour practical exam conducted by an independent RYA examiner.

Certificates awarded: RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence.


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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