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Yacht & Sail Training Courses

Ocean Elements is a fully recognised Training School by the RYA and has been since 2010 for our Beach Clubs. We also offer our expertise into the world of yachting and our expert RYA instructors and dedicated training yacht is operating out of Vassiliki marina, close to our Surf Hotel Beach Club.

You can stay at our Surf Hotel in Vassiliki and during your week holiday you can get qualified to skipper one of our yachts, which works really well on a two week Stay Sail holidays. You will join our training yacht, (based near the Surf Hotel), to either take your International certificate of Competence (a half day assessment); or if you’re new to sailing, take part in our complete beginner skippers ‘Start Yachting’ course which will give you all the skills you need to sail safely in our flotilla. This course will give you a Cruising level 2 qualification by the end of your week.


Take our ‘Start Yacht Sailing’ course

A complete introduction to yachting course suitable for beginners and run from our Surf Hotel. We’ll teach you all you need to know to be able to skipper your own yacht around the Ionian.

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Take your ICC assessment with us

If you have sailing experience but no formal qualifications, then take your ICC with us on a Stay Sail Holiday.

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Take an ICC Preparation course

To prepare you for your ICC, we offer a one-day prep course to take the day before your ICC.

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Our ‘Start Yacht Sailing’ course

We have a range of courses available for beginner skippers to improvers and expert sailors. Try our complete 4-day beginner skippers ‘Start Yachting course’ whilst staying at the Surf Hotel Beach Club on a Stay. It’s a great course for novices, as well as more accomplished sailors needing a brush-up session before chartering. Run from our training yacht in vassiliki, it is mostly on-the-water (not in a classroom) and will fully prepare you to charter and skipper your own yacht our flotilla around the Southern Ionian. You will achieve an RYA Cruising level 2 certificate after the course.

Sailors with experience can take their RYA Cruising level 2 on our 2-day accelerated course whilst staying at the Surf Hotel, but spaces are subject to availability and priority is given to pupils on our complete 4-day course.

Qualifications required

In order to charter a boat in Greece, or anywhere in the Med’ we’ll need to know that you can sail a yacht. At least two of you will need to be over 18 years old and have sailed before. And one of you will need a piece of paper to prove your qualification.

As far as the paperwork is concerned, then you’ll need to have a certificate in one of the following; and then you’re good to go: International Certificate of Competence (ICC), RYA Yachtmaster, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper, Cruising Level 2 or Keelboat Level 2.


More on qualifications

If you don't have any qualifications:

If you can already sail and are at Day Skipper standard, you can take the half day ICC assessment with our chief instructor in Vassiliki, (or at a UK based RYA training centre). You can also do a 1-day ICC Prep course before the assessment. View the ICC syllabus.

If you don’t have much experience in sailing, then one of our Stay Sail holidays might be your best option. In week one you can take our complete beginner skipper’s Start Yacht Sailing course to achieve your Cruising Level 2 certificate which will qualify you to skipper your own yacht on our flotilla in week two.


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