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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 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.

You can stay at the hotel and hop on our training yacht each day to take part in our Start Yachting courses which give you everything you need to know to sail safely in our flotilla. You’ll get a new qualification and be ready to skipper your own yacht on our Flotilla for week two.

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 Keelboat course with us

You can take your Keelboat Level 1 & 2 qualification at our Vassiliki Beach Club. Level 2 Keelboat is an accepted qualification for skippering a yacht in the Med.

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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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Yachting Tuition and Qualifications

We have a range of courses available for beginner skippers to improvers and expert sailors. Try our complete Flotilla Skipper course on a Stay and Sail holiday by joining our popular Start Yacht Sailing course. It’s great for novices, as well as more accomplished sailors needing a brush-up session before chartering. And will fully prepare you to charter and skipper your own yacht around the Southern Ionian. 

You can join our Start Yacht Sailing course whilst staying at the Surf Hotel Beach Club in Vassiliki on week one of a Stay Sail holiday. A complete beginner skipper four-day course, based on our tuition yacht with a dedicated instructor and up to four other pupils.

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, Level 2 Keelboat. 

If you don't have the necessary level of experience, then one of our stay and sail holidays might be your best option. In week one you can take our Start Yacht Sailing course or our Level 1 & 2 Keelboat course which will qualify you to skipper your own yacht on our flotilla.

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