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



RYA sailing schools in Greece-Thessalia School of Sailing
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

A holder of the RYA 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.

Pass your Yachtmaster 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 in Volos. The exam will begin on Wednesday morning and finish on Thursday, depending on the number of students

Duration: 6 days, including the exam, plus about 50 hours for the online theory course.

Price includes the exam fees and the examiner's travel expenses.

Price also includes courier delivery for the theory pack.

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

August 10th-16th 

September 21st-27th

Course content-Theory course:

Position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge, use of almanacs and admiralty publications, electronic position finding equipment, taking and interpreting forecasts, plotting weather systems, weather predictions using a barometer and by observation, collision regulations, customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

Course content-Practical course:

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:

Theory: Delivery of the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory pack, mini radar simulator. Instructor support from 0800 to 2100 seven days a week from full time RYA instructors that are there when you need them.

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

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.

Method of assessment:

Theory: Online examination

Practical: 8-12 hour practical exam conducted by an independent RYA Examiner.

Certificates awarded: RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased certificate, RYA Yachtmaster certificate of competence.

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

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