Seafarer Training Greece

Learn to Sail and qualify as a skipper in the Greek Islands

Embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure in Greece with Seafarer Training! Based in Nikiana, Lefkas, we offer RYA courses that take you on an island-hopping journey through the stunning Ionian Sea. Learn hands-on sailing skills and explore new destinations each night. Whether you’re a complete beginner or aiming to skipper your own yacht, our expert instructors will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the crystal-clear waters.

Seafarer training Greece offers the perfect pathway to skippering your own yacht with training leading straight into the supported independence of a flotilla holiday and beyond. Read on for more details of our training centre or click the icons below to head straight to that section.

RYA Courses From £716pp

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RYA Courses in Greece

RYA Courses

The RYA or Royal Yachting Association is the UK national governing body and is widely known for offering some of the finest sailing courses in the world. These internationally recognized qualifications, delivered by certified instructors, provide a structured learning path that combines theory with hands-on experience, ensuring you have the skills to sail anywhere. All courses are run over 6 days (Monday to Saturday) at a maximum ratio of 5 students to 1 instructor and will take you to a different harbour each night, a perfect way to experience the Ionian while learning all the skills you need to sail your own yacht.

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RYA Start Yachting

The RYA Start Yachting course is an introduction to sailing for complete beginners. It covers essential skills like steering, sail handling, and basic safety procedures, providing a foundation for further sailing education or simply enjoying time on the water. This is not a prerequisite to Competent Crew, but is a great course for children and those who are looking for a laid back week.

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RYA Competent Crew

A great course for those wanting to learn to sail, the RYA Competent Crew equips you with the skills to be a valuable asset on board. You’ll learn sail handling, essential ropework, and seamanship practices, making you a confident and competent crew member for coastal adventures. No prior sailing experience required.

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RYA Day Skipper Practical

Advance your sailing knowledge with the RYA Day Skipper course. This course, designed for those with some basic experience, builds on existing skills and introduces coastal navigation, passage planning, and yacht handling in both tidal and non-tidal waters. By the course’s end, you’ll be qualified to skipper small yachts on short coastal passages during daylight hours.

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Sailing Area

The South Ionian islands sit just off the coast of Western Greece and create a wonderful protected expanse of water which is perfect for training. Lefkas, the most northerly island, with its rugged coastline and lush greenery, offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and vibrant culture. Kefalonia enchants visitors with its stunning beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming villages nestled amidst olive groves. Meganisi beckons with its serene atmosphere, secluded beaches, and traditional tavernas serving freshly caught seafood. Kalamos captivates with its tranquil ambiance and unspoiled landscapes, providing a haven for relaxation and exploration. Meanwhile, Ithaka, steeped in mythology and history, invites travellers to uncover its ancient ruins, olive groves, and crystal-clear waters, embodying the essence of a quintessential Greek island escape.

These islands, plus many smaller ones offer the vibrant atmosphere of bustling harbors along with the serene beauty of secluded anchorages, all waiting to be explored.

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Weather & Sailing Conditions

Reliable weather in the Ionian makes this a hugely popular sailing destination, with temperatures ranging from the low 20s in the early/late season up to the mid-30s in July and August. Sailing conditions are generally moderate with winds typically force 2-5, and a largely protected body of water to explore. More open-water sailing is available to the north or further south.

The winds tend to be light in the mornings, giving excellent opportunities to practice boat handling. By mid-afternoon, the wind builds providing pleasant sailing conditions. There are numerous locations with stronger gusts to demonstrate more advanced sailing skills safely.


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Our fully coded RYA Training Yachts in the Ionian are the perfect places to train and gain confidence as you work towards your goals. Below you can find full information on our 3 training yachts, Bartholome, Anna and Kos 469.

Dates and prices

Seafarer Training Greece 2024 Prices (per week)

*Saloon berth available on certain training yachts - £50 discount for saloon berth
Price per person, per weekSharing a cabin for 2Special OfferSingle occupancy of a cabinSpecial Offer

10% multiple course discount applies when 2 or more courses are booked for an individual at the same time.

Whats Included

Small Yacht Icon6 Days Tuition with an RYA Instructor

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Diesel Fuel IconFuel & other yacht running costs

Linen and Towels IconBed Linen & towels

Notebook Icon for cruising notes£50 discount for RYA Day Skipper Theory

Salad and Kebabs icon for beach partyProvisions for breakfast & a light lunch

Optional Extras

Ensuite IconEnsuite Cabin – £50pp

Private IconMake the yacht private (4 pax) – 50% of 5th person price

ICCICC Assessment – £100pp (Stand alone)

Books iconCruising Scheme Logbook – Available here

Books iconCompetent Crew Skills Book – Available here

Books iconDay Skipper Course Notes – Available here

Along with shared courses, prices listed above we can also offer private tuition on a yacht of your choosing at any point during the season. Price for the instructor is £1,295 for the week plus they will need their own cabin on the yacht and food. Get in touch with our team for a bespoke private tuition quote.

Our Experienced Seafarer Training team

Seafarer Training Chief Instructor 2024

Paul Preen

Chief Instructor

Seafarer Training Instructor 2024

Kasia Roslonska

RYA Cruising Instructor

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Kenan Coetzer

RYA Yachtmaster Instructor

Sally Preen

Base coordinator

Booking a Training Course

To book or check availability get in touch with our experienced team on one of the links below.

Getting there and away

There are a multitude of ways to travel to our base in Nikiana, whether you are joining us for the week or combining it with a larger trip. We are located in Nikiana Harbour, right in the heart of the village, which is easily reachable by both public and private transport. Courses in the Ionian run from Sunday to Sunday with training yachts being available to embark from around 14.00 onwards on the first day and disembarking around 9.00 at the end of the course. The instruction starts at 9.00 on the Monday morning and finishes at around 17.00 on the Saturday evening.

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ATOL protection

Your flight inclusive holiday with us (should you choose this option) is financially secure as we are ATOL licensed, making the entire package ATOL protected. We have been trading since 1995 so you can book with total confidence.

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Sunday charter flights available from Gatwick alongside scheduled flights from Heathrow, Stanstead, Luton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. Flights to other European centres available both on Sundays and other days during the week.

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Bus & Taxi

Direct Seafarer transfers from Preveza airport that takes roughly 30 minutes. Regular buses from Nikiana harbour to Nydri, Vassiliki and Lefkas town, from Lefkas town there are regular buses to Athens and Corinth plus less frequent services to Thessaloniki and Igoumenitsa.

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Regular ferries from Kefalonia to Vassiliki (40 minutes from base) and from Meganisi to Nydri (10 minutes from base). Less frequent ferries from Corfu, Paxos, Kefalonia, Ithaca and Zante to Lefkas town (15 minutes from base).