RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Sailing courses
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
|RYA Start Yachting
|RYA Competent Crew
|RYA Day Skipper
|RYA Coastal Skipper
|RYA Yachtmaster Practical Preparation
|RYA Yachtmaster Practical Examination
|Own Boat Tuition
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.
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 schools 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.
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.
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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