Learn to Sail - Lefkas Greece

We provide a crew of a professional skipper and hostess to do the sailing, act as your guides and look after you at breakfast and lunch, although  you’re more than welcome to get involved with the sailing as we explore this stunning region.

Weekly departures are guaranteed for our  one or two week cruises and this truly is Greek island hopping made easy!

RYA Training In The Ionian


If you are looking to take an RYA training course in the Mediterranean,  learning to sail in Greece, in the warm and sheltered waters of the Ionian represents the  perfect location.
Our sailing school, Seafarer Training, is based on the island of Lefkas, ideally situated to head either south to the islands of Kefalonia, Ithaca and beyond or north towards Paxos and Corfu.
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.

Private Tuition

If you value your privacy, we also offer private tuition on RYA courses. You’ll stay on board a dedicated training yacht not shared with other students, with an RYA instructor at your side to guide and instruct, as you cruise around the Ionian Sea. Depending on your previous experience, you’ll fly home with a Start Yachting, Competent Crew or Day Skipper feather firmly in your nautical cap.

Qualifications For Flotilla Or Bareboat Charter

If you are looking to charter a yacht, either as part of a flotilla or on a bareboat basis, then the RYA Day Skipper practical course is the right choice. This will give you all the practical skills to charter in the coastal areas of the Mediterranean. The RYA Day Skipper certificate also entitles you to the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) which is issues by the RYA on production of your Day Skipper certificate.

Safety Information

Seafarer Training is fully recognised by the Royal Yachting Association. 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.

Safety and Enjoyment

We ensure that all our recommended courses are both safe and enjoyable offering a high standard of tuition and comfort:

  • You are under the supervision of an RYA qualified instructor whilst at sea.
  • All our RYA instructors hold the requisite first aid certificates and are fluent in English (all courses delivered in English, as per RYA regulations).
  • Safety equipment on our tuition yachts complies with both local and British regulations.
  • All yachts have DSC VHF radios, handheld VHF radios and mobile phones.
  • Slim-line inflatable life jackets, harnesses and crotch straps are provided for each person aboard, with extra spares carried.
  • For your comfort, all yachts are equipped with Bimini sun tops (sun shade), hot water, 2 sh/wc’s, deck shower, electric fridge, fully equipped galley and radio / CD player.
  • Accommodation on board is in double / twin or  single cabins or you can book a saloon berth. Sheets, pillow cases, pillows, blankets / duvets and towels are all provided.
  • Instructor / student ratio is maintained at a maximum of 5 students per instructor, in line with RYA codes of practice.

The Weather

Reliable sunshine in the Ionian is virtually guaranteed during the season between April and early November, with temperatures ranging from the low 20s in early and late season up to the mid 30s in June through August. Sailing conditions are generally moderate with winds typically force 2-5. More challenging sailing is available to the north or further south

Seafarer Training – 2020 Prices – Courses Start Every Sunday

Courses – Per Person Courses – Per Yacht
Courses Available Start Yachting, Competent Crew, Day Skipper, ICC, Coastal Skipper Start Yachting, Competent Crew, Day Skipper, ICC, Coastal Skipper
Tuition basis Tuition Yacht (per berth) Private Tuition
5th April to 23rd May 2020 £695 £995
24th May to 26th September 2020 £795 £995
27th September to 25th October 2020 £695 £995
Duration 6 (7 nights on board) 6 (7 nights on board)
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!)
  • Automatic discount when booking your next Seafarer holiday

Combined Theory And Practical Courses 2020 Prices

Combine a Navathome theory course with a Practical course with Seafarer Training

Date 2nd February to 4th April 2020 5th April to 23rd May 2020 24th May to 26th September 2020 27th September to 31st December 2020
Day Skipper Practical £895 £895 £995 £895
Coastal Skipper Practical £895 £895 £995 £895

Extra & Discounts

  • A 50% supplement applies for single cabin occupancy on the training boat.
  • An en-suite cabin is available on our Bavaria 39 tuition yachts, at a £50 supplement per person per week.
  • A £50 discount applies to saloon berth bookings on our Bavaria 39 tuition yacht.
  • A 10% multiple course discount applies when 2 or more courses are booked for an individual at the same time.
  • For prices of mile-builder, experience yachting and all shore-based theory courses please call for details.
  • Guide price for flights to Preveza and transfers to / from Lefkas, from £295pp For flights to Preveza please call for details.
  • Extras: Instructor’s food, accommodation (if not on student’s yacht) and return travel if he/she not dropped at base, payable at location at cost.
  • Private tuition charges apply to when clients charter a suitably equiped tuition yacht exclusively for their party and we provide an instructor on board for the duration of the course.
  • ICC Assessment (3-4 hours) £100 per person
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The holiday published on this page, if booked with us, is financially secure as Seafarer, our travel partner, is ATOL licensed and your holiday is ATOL protected. They are also members of ABTA giving additional protection. Seafarer has been trading since 1995 so with over 25 years under their belts, and linked with our own extensive travel experience, you can book with total confidence. Travel insurance is still essential and depending on the levels of cover can offer additional peace of mind.