Learn to sail with RYA sailing courses Lefkas – Nikiana
RYA sailing courses Lefkas tend to operate alongside the Lefkas South Ionian flotilla. The Ionian Sailing School is based in Nikiana on the island of Lefkas. If you are taking either the Competent Crew or Day Skipper course, our tuition yachts generally head south, with protected waters and plenty of harbours and bays for mooring and pilotage. Additionally we link up with our flotilla on most evenings, so you will be sailing in a beautiful area and meeting like-minded sailors. For Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Preparation, then the waters to the north of Lefkas offer open seas, longer passages and busier waters around Corfu.
Most RYA courses are 5 days, but by conducting them over a week, we can create the right balance of tuition and fun. Learning alongside the Flotilla can be a real confidence boost, with an extra pair of hands to help when needed. While you learn to sail, you will meet other skippers who have already benefited from sailing with a flotilla. You’ll see how our flotillas work and see the benefits and flexibility this can offer you as you progress beyond tuition into the world of sailing.
Courses start on Sunday where you will be greeted by your instructor and welcomed onboard. The tuition starts the next morning, and by Monday evening you’ll be away from base and ready to explore your first destination.
Join the Flotilla at the punch party, and you can share stories from your first day on the water. The evening flotilla activities are entirely optional, and during the day, your instructor and fellow students will focus on the course syllabus. Breakfast and lunches are included giving you the time to focus on learning and having fun.
By the end of each day, you will be able to treat yourself to a well-earned drink and a meal.
Sailing is a social sport, and an RYA sailing course can be a perfect way to make new friends. Our RYA instructors have been chosen for their friendly approach as well as their expertise. The time you spend with us is as much about fun as it is a learning experience.
Our fully coded RYA Training Yachts in the Ionian are a Harmony 42 (3 double guest cabins and 2 shower/WC’s )and then a Sun Odyssey 469 (4 double en suite cabins). With an ample cockpit, wheel steering and spacious saloon, there is room for everyone to spread out and relax. The yachts are fully equipped with deck shower, hot water and all the safety equipment required to make your course safe, secure and relaxing. Tuition yachts are regularly inspected and comply with RYA / MCA guidelines and Codes of Practice for Sail Training Yachts. All instructors for both RYA and Non RYA courses advertised are RYA qualified commercially endorsed Yachtmasters and cruising instructors as a minimum. You can be reassured that safety procedures and equipment are regularly monitored and inspected to comply with both the British RYA and Greek maritime authority regulations.
For those looking for private tuition, we have a selection of suitably equipped yachts available, including newer model yachts from 33 to 45 foot, plus larger yachts for “big boat” experience.
|Price per person sharing
|Price per single occupant
|4 November – 25 November
|2 March – 23 March
|14 April – 19 May
|20 May – 30 June
|1 July – 15 September
|16 September – 27 October
|28 October – 24 November
*Winter 2023 / 2024 – Winter Base in Athens
Recognising that many want to train out of season, ready for a holiday in 2024, we have now extended our program to include dates from Athens in November 2023 as well as February & March 2024. Athens is a year-round destination, with regular flights from London, and offers a more challenging training location, with traffic separation schemes and plenty of commercial traffic – ideal for those looking to progress to Coastal Skipper level or those wishing to train to Day Skipper level in more varied conditions.
Please contact us for special offers and remaining availabilities.
£50.00 / €65.00 extra for en suite cabin (if available). All other cabins share a WC/shower.
10% multiple course discount when 2 or more courses are booked by an individual at the same time.
ICC Assessment (3-4) hours: £100.00 per person
£50 / €65.00 discount when you buy an online Navathome theory course
£995.00 / €1250.00 private instructor per week
What’s Included on a tuition yacht course:
- Instruction from RYA qualified instructors
- Provisioning for breakfast & light lunch
- All mooring fees and local port taxes
- Diesel, water & gas
- Participation in flotilla activities
- End cleaning
- Bed linen
- Course completion certificate (if successful!)
Not included – evening meals and personal expenses.
Recommended Pre-Course Material
Cruising Scheme Logbook G158 – Whilst we try to have these available for purchase in resort, we recommend that you purchase these prior to your course. You can purchase these from the RYA online shop.
Competent Crew Skills CCPCN – For those taking the Competent Crew Course
Day Skipper Practical Course Notes – For those taking the Day Skipper Practical Course
For more information about Royal Yachting Association courses please visit their website.