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Yacht Training

Ocean Elements is a fully recognised Training School by the RYA and has been since 2010 for our Beach Clubs. We are now offering 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 where you can enjoy 7 and 14 night stays and go home with a new RYA yacht qualification from Competent Crew to Day Skipper.


Take your Competent Crew with us

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 with us

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 Keelboat Level 2 with us

We accept the RYA Keelboat Level 2 qualification for our flotilla yachts. You can take this 2-day course in week one of a two week Stay Sail holiday at our Vassiliki Beach Club.

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Yachting Tuition and Qualifications

We have a range of courses and available from beginner Competent Crew courses to courses for aspiring Skippers to prepare you for chartering and skippering your own yacht. 

You can take a Keelboat course at our Beach Club on week one of a Stay Sail holiday which will prepare you for skippering your own yacht on our Flotilla. Or book a place aboard our tuition boat with our head instructor; which you can rent privately (min 4 persons) or join as a sharer by taking a private cabin.

Our Sun Odyssey 439 is based at Lefkas marina in the Greek Ionian, aboard which you can earn yourself a recognised RYA yachting qualification whilst enjoying a relaxing holiday cruising around the Greek islands. 

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.

Accepted qualifications:
  • • An International Certificate of Competence, (ICC), or equivalent qualification. The ICC assessment can be can be done as a half-day session in the UK (prior to departure) at your local RYA Training centre, or on a Stay Sail holiday with us, by special arrangement. 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 and can be used in most countries to charter yachts.
  • • RYA Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper qualification. You can join our tuition yacht to take these courses with us. 
  • • Keelboat Level 2 qualification. You can take this 2-day course with us in week one of a Stay Sail holiday
  • • Any other skipper Certificate issued by a national body or yachting association may be acceptable. Please contact us to check if your qualification is acceptable.
More on qualifications required


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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