Sailing Courses in Greece

Island Sailing is a British fully accredited Royal Yachting Association Training Centre offering a comprehensive range of practical RYA sailing courses from our base at Lefkas marina on Lefkas, Greece as well as online RYA theory courses.

Take a sailing course in Greece and enjoy the Greek islands in the sun with a full range of courses to choose from for complete beginners through to experienced sailors. You can also combine a sailing course with a flotilla holiday, a bareboat charter or sail and shore based holiday.

Our practical sailing courses are run at a relaxed pace, usually over 6 days and the yacht is available for 7 nights. This allows us to offer comprehensive instruction with plenty of time to enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine, warm waters and unique beauty of the Ionian islands of Greece.

Our British RYA instructors have been chosen for their professional and friendly approach. They will ensure that your sailing course in the Greek Ionian islands is a valuable and fun learning experience. As an RYA fully accredited Training Centre all our instructors are qualified to teach the RYA courses for sail cruising that result in RYA certification.  

During the week you will sail around the Ionian islands with plenty of time to explore coves, beaches and secluded bays and discover pretty villages and breathtaking scenery. Our specially chosen itineraries ensure you visit the best bays, the most beautiful villages and the nicest tavernas sailing to a different Greek Ionian island destination each day. Breakfast and lunch is usually taken onboard making the most of the wonderful fresh produce Greece is famous for and evening meals are usually spent in one of the many fantastic tavernas.

Join an RYA sailing course in Greece 

Our RYA practical sailing courses run every week from April through to November and are great for individuals, couples, families or groups of friends from absolute beginners through to experienced sailors wanting to fine tune their skills or gain a recognised RYA qualification. 

Getting to our base at Lefkas marina in Lefkas is easy with a choice of flights every week from a number of UK airports and a short 20 minute transfer. Lefkas marina is one of the most beautiful and well equipped in Greece and one of the best placed for perfect sailing holidays in the Mediterranean making it the ideal location to start and end your sailing course.

Exclusive hire of a yacht with an instructor

Whether you are a beginner or would like to gain more experience and qualifications whilst sailing with your family or friends hiring a yacht for your exclusive use with a sailing instructor makes an ideal sailing holiday.

Courses are tailored to meet the needs of all the crew whatever their abilities. When you exclusively hire a yacht your family or friends choose whether they want to take a formal course or not - it's entirely up to each individual. With a maximum of five people per yacht this gives time for individual tuition and attention to all on board.

Our Training Yachts

We have two modern training yachts a Bavaria 41 and a Bavaria 42. The yachts are spacious both on deck and below and with 4 double cabins and 2 toilets/shower rooms all students are guaranteed their own berth in a cabin.

There is a maximum of five people per yacht and this gives time for individual tuition and attention to all on board. Unlike some RYA sailing schools our training yachts have 4 double cabins and 2 toilets/shower rooms (many training yachts only have 3 cabins). Our spacious and practical yachts allow us to guarantee that ALL our students are accommodated in a cabin with no single supplements to pay and no-one having to sleep in the saloon.

Both are great sailing yachts with a graceful line and offer identical layouts and accomodation. With large and sociable cockpits and bimini sunshades they offer comfortable and spacious accommodation and a well designed interior making them perfect for sailing courses of up to 5 students and an instructor. The yachts are designed to be safe, fun and easy to sail with plenty of space on deck for sociable sailing and relaxing at anchor.

See our Training Yachts

RYA Practical Sailing Courses

RYA sailing courses are great for individuals, families, couples and groups of friends. Practical courses are available throughout the summer season from the end of April until October from our training centre base at Lefkas marina on the Greek Ionian island of Lefkas. We offer the following practical courses:

Prices: Practical Courses in Greece

Tuition boat per person per week (7 nights onboard):

25 May - 19 July 20 July - 30 Aug 31 Aug - Oct 26
£600 £695 £600

What's Included: Guaranteed own berth in a cabin on a fully equipped yacht, bed linen, pillows and towels, mooring fees, fuel and course completion certification. No single supplements.

Additional costs: Air travel, transfers and food & drink. Price for exclusive hire of a training yacht is based on 5 people.

RYA Online Theory Courses

The RYA recommend you undertake the relevant theory course prior to a practical course. We offer Navathome RYA Online Day Skipper Theory and Coastal/Yachtmaster theory courses with the support and guidance of an Island Sailing RYA Instructor. RYA shore based theory courses can be taken all year round and allow you to work at your own speed and in your own time with the added support and guidance of our RYA instructors.

The fantastic step by step online animations make every section of the RYA courses easy to follow and come to life. If you choose to take a practical and a theory course through us continuity of tuition is guaranteed as our instructors supporting you through your theory course are the same instructors who you will take your practical course in sunny Greece.

More about RYA online theory courses

For more information call us on 0844 840 1968 or email

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