Sailing levels explained

Sailing requirements

and sailing levels explained

Important Information

Destinations to suit your level

Each of our destinations is grouped by experience level so you can find the right sailing ground for your skills and qualifications. Level 1 destinations have the easiest and safest waters and are perfect for beginners. Level 3 destinations are the most challenging, so you’ll need to make sure that at least one member of your crew has the sailing experience needed to have fun and stay safe.

Please note: sailing levels are for guidance only, and all destinations are variable.


To sail in Belize without a skipper, you must apply for a temporary Certificate of Competency. This is issued by the Belizean Port Authorities, and is required for all bareboat charters.

Download the Temporary Certificate of Competency

Sailing Requirements 

Certain regions in the Mediterranean and the Seychelles require formal certifications to sail a yacht. Please find your desired destination below to learn more about the certifications required.

No experience

Even if you’ve never sailed before we have a range of options to get you started.

*Destination has formal requirements. 

LevelExperience RequiredDestination
Level 1
  • Five days or 100 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht. 
Greece, Lefkas*
Greece, Corfu*
Croatia, Agana*
British Virgin Islands
Australia, Whitsundays
Croatia, Dubrovnik*
Level 2
  • 10 days or 200 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht 

St. Martin
Abacos, Bahamas
French Polynesia
Greece, Athens*

Level 3
  • 20 days or 400 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht 
  • RYA Day Skipper with experience to a higher level*
  • RYA Coastal Skipper
  • ICC with experience to a higher level*

UK, Portsmouth
St. Lucia
Exumas, Bahamas

Please check sailing regulations and minimum requirements for your destination when you book.