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"Just wanted to say thanks for a great week of sailing!
We all had a great time and you have inspired us to
keep going with our sailing and think about getting
our day skipper."

Kristy R.

"Both the online course and the practical part are very hard to improve. I've been with two other RYA sailing schools. One of them was waaay below Corfu Sea School, the other was really good, but CSS remains the best. Although the course is exceptionally serious and packed with information it is very well presented and easy to comprehend. I'll give a 5+ for the practical course for the unwritten skills and information provided and for the chance to get to know Steve and Tanya and Roman."

Andrei L.

"Daniel and I have arrived back in Dublin, we both have started our new jobs and the rain has not stopped for the past two weeks!! It is easy to startreminiscing about our wonderful holiday on Corfu! We both enjoyed the course immensely and would like to thank you both for making it such a great experience. We have started our enquiries into membership of yacht clubs in Dublin and we hopeto get lots of sailing in this summer, despite the weather! We will definitely be recommending the course to others!"

Claire M.


RYA courses Greece

RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Sailing courses Greece
Ionion islands - Corfu Sailing school

This officially registered and approved RYA sailing school operating in Corfu can offer RYA courses for all levels.

British owned and based on the stunning island of Corfu, the RYA School provides the largest range of RYA courses in Greece, including: Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper, Yachtmaster®, powerboat, motor cruising, ICC, and all the associated shore-based courses. The school operates from March to November and prides itself on offering relaxed yet effective tuition in all aspects of boating including; sailing, boat handling, navigation and seamanship.

Based in Gouvia Marina on the island of Corfu, from here you will set sail into the Ionian Sea to visit many of the area's famous islands and bays including: Paxos, Lefkas, Ithaca and Cephalonia (please note: we do not 'day sail' from a marina, but sail to and overnight in different ports and anchorages every day). On a normal day you will sail between 20 and 30 miles.

RYA Practical Sail Cruising Courses in Greece - 2019

Course Name Duration Level Price
RYA Start Yachting 2 Days Beginner €490
RYA Competent Crew 5 Days Beginner €995
RYA Day Skipper 5 Days Intermediate €995
RYA Coastal Skipper 5 Days Advanced €995
RYA Yachtmaster Practical Preparation 5 Days Expert €995
RYA Yachtmaster Practical Examination 2 Days Expert €430
Own Boat Tuition Any Any €320 pd

Sail Combined Package

A very popular package, this is the fastest route from beginner to RYA Day Skipper (Sail).

The package brings together our RYA approved Essential Navigation and Seamanship online course (approx. 20 hours of coursework) which should be completed prior arriving at our base in Greece.
The online course is followed by a full 5 day RYA Competent Crew practical course on one of our school yachts, 2 days break, then the full 5 day, RYA Day Skipper (Sail) practical course.
Accomodation is provided throughout your stay on a school yacht.
This package is by far our most popular, offering a short, but concentrated study period to achieve valuable qualifications, plus a substantial saving on purchasing the package elements individually.
Minimum age: 16 (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Maximum Student to Instructor ratio: 5:1
Method of assessment: Continual by your Instructor, there are no tests or exams.
Certificates awarded: RYA Essential Navigation & Safety, RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper.

Duration Level Price
12 Days N/A €1820

Price includes all tuition, accommodation on a school yacht, meals when at sea, fuel, mooring fees, use of wet weather gear, study materials, bedding, towels and Greek VAT at the appropriate rate. 

The Corfu Fleet

All of the practical courses are run on modern, fully equipped yachts and powerboats that meet the stringent requirements of the MCA Safety Code.

RYA Training Vessels 

"Aegea" - Beneteau 345 3 cabins, 1 heads, 2 showers
"Mafalda II" - Bavaria 390c 4 cabins, 2 heads, 3 shower

What's included in the price of your sailing course?

For all practical courses

The use of a safety coded yacht of at least 9m length overall and all its equipment. Tuition from a RYA qualified Instructor. The ingredients for all meals onboard the yacht except 2 evening meals for 5 day courses and 1 evening meal for 2 day courses. All mooring fees and port dues. All fuel, water and gas. Use of school waterproof clothing and bedding. Greek VAT where appropriate.

For all theory courses

The use of the school’s classroom, books, charts, navigation tools and aids. Tuition from a RYA qualified Instructor. Greek VAT where appropriate. Please note, meals and accommodation are not included.

For Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Examinations

It is a RYA requirement that all candidates seeking to be awarded Coastal Skipper (tidal) and Yachtmaster certificates of competence are examined by an external RYA Examiner. As the Examiner will carry out the assessment onboard a school yacht the same elements are included in the prices quoted. The fees for the Examiner will be split between the number of candidates.

Personal electronics
The school yacht has a tape player so feel free to bring your favourite music with you. Please bring a cigarette lighter charge lead with you if you intend to use your mobile phone. However, we do ask that phones are switched off during tuition sessions. There are no facilities for charging personal computers onboard and we do not recommend you bring them as they are easily damaged at sea. Many of the ports we stop at have internet cafes at which you can check your email. There are no facilities for electric shavers onboard.

Meals & domestic duties
The ingredients for breakfast and snack lunches will be provided onboard the yacht and are included in the course price. On each 5-day course, the ingredients for 3 evening meals will be provided (these are the evenings we anticipate conducting night sailing or passage making exercises) and are included in the course price. Part of what we teach is how to live onboard and maintain a yacht. This involves taking your turn in the galley and undertaking routine maintenance and housekeeping duties. All students will be expected to participate.

Personal safety
The school yacht you will be using is safety coded by both the RYA/MCA (as a commercial sail training vessel) and the Hellenic authorities. It has all of the safety equipment necessary and is regularly surveyed. It is not necessary to bring your own personal safety equipment.

At the end of your course
At the conclusion of your course your Instructor will carry out individual de-briefs with each student. These will identify any aspects of the syllabus that they feel you need to work on and help define the best way to progress your yachting activities. Students are expected to help with the unloading and cleaning of the yacht at the end of their course. Please return all bedding, towels and waterproofs to the store so that they can be prepared for the next group. Certificates will be awarded in Corfu to all successful candidates with the exception of the Coastal Skipper (tidal), Yachtmaster and ICC courses which are issued by the RYA in the UK. This normally takes approx. 10 days.

We require a booking fee of 50% to confirm the course which is non-refundable. The balance should be paid within one calendar month of the course.

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"I loved the entire experience. Sailing with you and Tanya was like sailing with old friends. Your method of teaching works well for me. You don't take any bullshit, no excuses, but you take the time to elaborate if something is really hard to understand without making a student feel stupid. I learned a lot and I can honestly say that sailing is in the back of my mind a lot still."

Rebecca R.

"That was simply a brilliant week. Louise and I thoroughly enjoyed sailing in Greece, and I can safely say I'm hooked and dying to get on the water again! Thanks a lot for your excellent tuition. We really liked the balance of learning to sail and making it a holiday at the same time. We also like the way you taught us, using the whiteboard and then putting us through our paces based upon what had been explained. That worked really well I thought."

James Y.

"Well here we are back in the Lakes in August where it is cold, wet and windy and we're all very fed up with it. Living off our memories of sailing in Greece and wishing we were back there. We had a great time and can't wait to get out in a boat again."

Cathie S.



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