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Yachting Qualifications

To hire a yacht anywhere abroad, either on bareboat or flotilla, with us or another operator then you will need some prior experience and a basic qualification to prove your skills. Fortunately, we’re able to help you achieve a skippers qualification - whether you’re an experienced sailor with no ‘piece of paper’ to prove your skills or a newbie to yacht sailing with zero yachting experience!

You can join our five day International Yacht Training (IYT) ‘Flotilla Skipper’ course (for beginners) or ‘Bareboat Skipper’ course (for sailors with a little experience)

If you’re not interested in training and you’d rather have a skipper do it all for you - while you relax and cruise around the beautiful Ionian islands - then we can arrange that too. More on Skippered Charter.


Take an IYT course with us

A complete introduction to yachting or a course for those with experience. Get qualified to charter yachts!

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View our yacht fleet

Our fleet of modern cruising yachts are available for Bareboat, Stay & sail and Flotilla holidays from our Lefkas base.

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Try a Stay Sail holiday

Get qualified to charter and take your IYT course while on a Stay Sail holiday to the Surf Hotel

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Qualifications required

IIn 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:

Accepted qualifications:

  • The IYT course (International Yacht Training) is recognised worldwide and provides you with an IYT Flotilla skipper certificate (for beginners) or an IYT Bareboat skipper certificate (for sailors with some experience). You can take this 5-day course with us on our training yacht at the Surf hotel in Vassiliki; or in week one of a Stay Sail holiday for a reduced price. And it comes with a VHF radio license.
  • RYA Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper, Keelboat Level 2 qualification.
  • An International Certificate of Competence (ICC), (ICC), or equivalent qualification. The ICC assessment can be done as a half-day session in the UK (prior to departure). 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.

If you don't have any qualifications:

If you can already sail - you may be able to take a shortened version of our 5-day International Yacht Training Flotilla or Bareboat skippers course. On arrival, our examiner will assess your ability and you may only need to do a shorter version of the full course. You will come away with an IYT Bareboat skipper certificate for chartering yachts worldwide, and a VHF license. The fees are the same as we have already greatly reduced the price.

If you have very little (or no) experience of sailing, then one of our Stay Sail holidays might be your best option. In week one you can take our complete IYT beginner Flotilla Skipper’s course which will qualify you to skipper your own yacht on any flotilla, worldwide. Although we would recommend you join our flotilla for week two so we can continue your training,


If you’re already qualified then bring original copies of certificates with you so that the 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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