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Yachting Courses & Qualifications

To hire a yacht in Greece, whether Bareboat or flotilla, you will need some prior experience and a basic qualification.

The great news is that you can now take your ICC with us!


Take your Competent Crew

A complete basic sailing course suitable for beginners. A practical sailing course teaching you the basics of sailing and all the skills you need to be an effective member of a yacht crew.

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Take your Day Skipper

If your aim is to become a skipper and take the helm as captain of your own ship, then you will need a Day Skipper qualification, the follow-on course after Competent Crew

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Take your ICC

If you can already sail but have no piece of paper to prove your ability, then the ICC is just what you need! About a half day assessment which can be taken in the UK or Greece with us.

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Qualifications required

To hire a yacht in Greece for Bareboat or Flotilla requires two people aged 18 or over aboard each boat to have had several days active experience of being in charge of a yacht, and that one person holds a valid qualification.

  • An International Certificate of Competence, (ICC), or equivalent qualification. The ICC assessment can be can be done as a half-day session quite easily in the UK (prior to departure) at your local RYA Training centre, or with us. It is equivalent to a Day Skipper and suits those with sailing experience but no formal qualifications that want to hire boats abroad. The certificate is valid for 5 years.
  • RYA Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper or Keelboat 2 qualification.
  • Any other skipper certificate issued by a national body or yachting association will be acceptable.


As a general guide, skippers and co-skippers should have plenty of yacht experience at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in a variety of conditions whilst being able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know their position at any time.


Please bring original copies of certificates with you, so that Ocean Elements and yacht base staff can check them. In the absence of such documentation or qualifications, then co-skippers may be asked to sign a self-declaration for the Port Authority stating his or her sailing experience.

In all instances, the Yacht Supplier reserves the right to insist a charterer hires a professional skipper if their sailing skills are not judged to be sufficiently adequate by yacht base staff. 

Ocean Elements cannot be responsible for expenses incurred by you, or any liability, should a person in authority, (flotilla skipper, yacht base or port authorities), deem it necessary to provide a professional skipper for safety reasons to assist you in sailing/motoring the chartered vessel during your holiday.

The Yacht Supplier reserves the right to insist the Charterer hires a professional skipper if their sailing skills are not judged to be sufficiently adequate by members of the Yacht-base staff.

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