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Experience Levels

To make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable sailing experience, we have grouped all of our products into 4 different levels. You may have many thousands of sea miles under you belt but it certainly does not limit you to Level 3 destinations - some of our most beautiful sailing areas and fun products are Level 1. You do however need to make sure that you, or somebody on board, has enough experience for your chosen destination, otherwise you won't enjoy your vacation and you could put the safety of those on board at risk. If you are not sure what level you are then why not complete our Sailing CV which will give you an indication of which products and destinations are tailored to your skills and qualifications.

Many countries are also increasingly asking for formal qualifications in order for you to skipper a yacht including Croatia, Greece and Italy, who ask for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or RYA Day Skipper as a minimum requirement. We strongly advise that the Skipper and First Mate should be qualified to this level, to avoid reducing your choice of destination.

No Experience

You may never have set foot on a yacht in your life before however there are still a great range of options to get you started.

 

Level 1

You will require a minimum of one of the following:

  • 5 days or 100 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht
  • 3 day Flotilla Training Course
  • ICC (International Certificate of Competence)

 
ICC or RYA Day Skipper is compulsory for skippering a yacht in Croatia
 
Weather: 5-20 knots wind
Navigation: Line-of-sight sailing, basic knowledge of charts, able to plot your position
Anchor/Mooring: Primarily mooring buoys, areas of good holding for anchors, protected anchorages

Fill in our Sailing CV to return all of the applicable products and courses

Level 1 Destinations
  • GREECE - Corfu Yacht Charter, Lefkas Yacht Charter, Lefkas Flotilla, Kefalonia Flotilla, Kalamos Flotilla and Ithaca Flotilla
  • CROATIA - Agana Yacht Charter, Krka Flotilla, Hvar Flotilla, Vis Flotilla
  • CARIBBEAN - Abacos Bahamas Yacht Charter, British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter and British Virgin Islands Flotillas
  • AUSTRALIA - Whitsundays Yacht Charter

Please note: Certain regions in the Mediterranean require formal certifications to charter a yacht.
Click here for more infomation about specific Mediterranean qualification requirements

 

Level 2

You will require a minimum of one the following:

  • 10 days or 200 miles as skipper on an equivalent yacht
  • RYA Day Skipper qualification
  • ICC qualification

Weather: 10-20 knots wind
Navigation: Understand tidal flow, ability to navigate in open waters
Anchor/Mooring: Primarily anchoring, protected anchorages, Mediterranean style anchoring and/or marina slips

Fill in our Sailing CV to return all of the applicable products and courses

Level 2 Destinations
  • CROATIA - Dubrovnik Yacht Charter, Dubrovnik Flotilla
  • ITALY - Procida Yacht Charter, Sardinia Yacht Charter, Tropea Yacht Charter, Palermo Yacht Charter and Portorosa Yacht Charter
  • NORTH AMERICA - Vancouver Yacht Charter
  • CARIBBEAN - St Martin Yacht Charter and Antigua Yacht Charter
  • THAILAND - Phuket Yacht Charter
  • TAHITI - Raiatea Yacht Charter
  • TONGA - Vava'u Yacht Charter

Please note: Certain regions in the Mediterranean require formal certifications to charter a yacht.
Click here for more infomation about specific Mediterranean qualification requirements
Click here for more infomation about specific Belize qualification requirements

 

Level 3

You will require a minimum of one of the following:

  • 20 days or 400 miles as skipper on an equivalent yacht
  • RYA Day Skipper qualification with experience to a higher level
  • RYA Coastal Skipper qualification
  • ICC qualification with experience to a higher level

Weather: 10 - 25 knots wind
Navigation: Understand large tidal variations, cope with strong currents and be able to make a passage plan
Anchor/Mooring: Primarily anchoring, some slightly more exposed anchorages with poor anchor holding ground.

Fill in our Sailing CV to return all of the applicable products and courses

Level 3 Destinations
  • UK - Portsmouth Yacht Charter
  • SPAIN - Mallorca Yacht Charter
  • CARIBBEAN - Belize Yacht Charter, St Lucia Yacht Charter and Grenada Yacht Charter
  • SEYCHELLES - Mahé Yacht Charter

Please note: Certain regions in the Mediterranean require formal certifications to charter a yacht.
Click here for more infomation about specific Mediterranean qualification requirements