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Why Choose Ocean Elements?

Why we think you will want to choose us for your yacht training.


A course for everyone

If you’ve ever wanted to skipper your own yacht or are thinking about sail training, we have courses for crew members, beginner skippers and more experienced skippers. We even have courses for families too. We’ll get you trained in a week and turn even the most novice of sailors into a proficient Flotilla Skipper by the end of a two week Stay Sail holiday with us.

We have chosen to work with the International Yacht Training (IYT) syllabus because of its ‘continual assessment’ method of learning which makes it easier and fairer on candidates, with no stressful exam at the end.

A lifetime qualification, achievable in a week

Our IYT certificate is a lifetime qualification and is valid worldwide for chartering, so there will be no future issues with proving your yacht qualifications for charter and these qualifications are becoming more necessary, especially in Greece and Croatia.

All our crew training and skipper courses are achievable in a week and require no prior experience* and we can fast track you to pass in just five days. No other holiday company offers this, and if you join our flotilla for week two there’s a seamless continuation of your learning.

International Crew Training

International Flotilla Skipper

International Bareboat Skipper

*We recommend reading our E-Learning package before you depart and our Bareboat Skipper course is for sailors with some experience (200 miles at sea) and is the perfect follow-on course to our International Flotilla Skipper course. It also gives you an ICC, Certificate of Competence, for Bareboat chartering worldwide.

Why use Ocean Elements

  • We are a niche size business, run by sailors who are all passionate about sailing. And we like to provide a personal service to all our clients
  • Our yachts are more modern and better than many of our competitors
  • Our IYT course is a far superior qualification to the yachting qualifications chosen by [some of] our competitors
  • We provide yacht qualifications that you can use for chartering worldwide, (and not just with us), and they are all achievable in a week.
  • You get a lifetime qualification. You simply have to renew your subscription to the IYT every 5 years (€80)
  • After your week of training, you can join our flotilla to put into practice your newfound skills with our expert Yacht Team who will be close by and helping you get started on your own for the first time. 
  • You can take the qualification in just 5 days as a beginner and no prior sailing experience is needed.  No other course allows this, and still gives you a certificate you can use for chartering yachts worldwide after just 5-days training. We recommend reading our E-Learning package before you depart. Allow a couple of hours each day for a week to accomplish this.
  • This is a ‘continual assessment’ course which is fairer on pupils and has no nasty exams at the end
  • You also get a bonus IYT VHF Radio license. There is a discount for Bareboat courses if you already have one
  • We operate our sail training in the South Ionian. The perfect place to learn with calm conditions and no tides.
  • Our training programme is limited to 5 pupils and a maximum of 6-8 yachts on flotilla so we can really focus on you.
  • Many first time Flotilla Skipper candidates are now booking for next year to do their Bareboat license 
  • We have a course you can join solo, as a couple or for families and friends wishing to book a yacht privately and learn together

Prices and Offers

We have chosen to keep our yacht programme small and focussed. This way, we can deliver a higher quality service and more attention on our newly trained skippers in this exciting time in their yacht career. Our yachts are more modern [and better] than many of our competitors; and our IYT course is a far superior qualification to those taught by some of our competitors. 

The IYT is very comprehensive, operates a continual assessment model (no nasty exams) and will enable you to charter yachts worldwide - with anyone you choose - and not just with us.

Typical Cost 

14 Nts: June 16-30, 2020:
  • £1,094pp for 14Nt Staysail. 
  • Week 1: Vassiliki Beach Club + 
  • Week 2: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey, based on 4 sharing yacht. 
  • Add £599pp for IYT Crew or Skipper course (Early bird rate)
  • Add (from) £250pp for flights & transfers

Partnered with Seatrips 

 We are partnered with Seatrips Ltd, a registered IYT sailing school who have put many hundreds of pupils through yacht training over the years. This year (2019) we trained 25 first time skippers to get an International Flotilla Skipper qualification and then to charter their own yacht in their second week. The result was fantastic. Everyone passes (so long as you listen!) and joins our flotilla for week two with their families, where our lead crew take over for the onward support. We get lots of very excited skippers and it’s great to see them learn a new skill and get started on a new lifestyle of yacht sailing.


We have chosen to ‘jump ship’ (pardon the pun) from the RYA to the International Yacht Training (IYT) scheme for our yachting programme. Why? Because of its flexibility, ease of delivery and the continual assessment nature of the learning and examining. And it’s been a great success. The IYT is recognised and supported by the MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency) and certificates are accepted worldwide for charter. 

So, (unlike our competitors and any other company we know), our guests can come away for a week with us – even first timers with no experience whatsoever - and go home with an International Yachting qualification that is usable (worldwide) for charter with any other Company, and not just on Ocean Elements. It’s a lifetime qualification and certificates are renewable every 5 years with IYT for $80.

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