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Lefkada, Greece Sailing school

Learn to sail in Greece

Up your sailing skills in the heart of the Ionian from our base in historic Lefkas, Greece. Our fully RYA-accredited sailing schools are the perfect place to gain a qualification, offering everything from the RYA Yacht Starting course through to the RYA Day SkipperRYA Competent Crew certification, and beyond.

Learn to sail or hone your skills in the calm conditions and easy line-of-sight navigation of the Ionian Islands. Whether you’re completely new to sailing or want to earn your RYA Day Skipper qualification and start notching up those nautical miles, our Ionian Islands Sailing School has something to offer all levels.

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Skippered holidays

Prices and availability

BeginnerRYA Competent Crew
BeginnerFlotilla Starter
Some experienceFlotilla Hero
IntermediateRYA Day Skipper

**For availability and Flotilla Hero course price please talk to our Holiday Planners.

Practical information

You can find additional helpful information in our Lefkas Sailing School Joining Instructions

What to bring

RYA Day Skipper practical and RYA Competent Crew

RYA Day Skipper practical candidates must have completed an RYA Day Skipper theory course or have equivalent knowledge in advance of taking their practical course. We also encourage students to read the RYA Day Skipper practical book. If the theory element is not completed in advance, it is unlikely a student will pass the practical assessment. Day Skipper theory courses can be taken at our Port Solent, UK school or online.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper qualifications. For the Day Skipper course, each candidate should bring a passport photo for certification paperwork.


Yacht course itinerary

Embarkation, course start Sunday 6pm

Welcome meeting                        Monday 9am

Course finish                                 Friday 5pm

Disembarkation                           Sunday 10am 

Sunday arrival

On arrival at our Lefkas base, you will be introduced to your skipper, who will get you settled on board your yacht and give a basic introductory briefing. After stowing your luggage, you have the rest of the day to yourself and can meet the other members of the crew.

If there’s anything you’d like to know about your boat or any available facilities, please ask your skipper or a member of the Sunsail team. However, a full yacht and safety briefing will be given on Monday morning at the start of your course.

Monday welcome meeting

This is a good opportunity to meet the other course members. Your Sunsail skipper will give a brief for the week, covering course content and the sailing itinerary.

Monday to Friday

Each day starts at approx 9am and finishes at approximately 6pm One day may be extended to allow four hours of night sailing. Your yacht is already provisioned for the five-day course, including breakfast and lunch on board. There’s free time in the evening when the crew can dine ashore wherever they wish. During the week, you will visit various ports and marinas.

Friday 5pm

Your course ends back at the base, where you can enjoy a drink or sample local cuisine watching the sunset over the bay.


This is a great day to explore Lefkas Island. Hire a car or use the local bus route. The west of the island has some stunning beaches, and if you ask at reception we can recommend our favourites.

Sunday departure

Please vacate your cabin by 9.30am.

Children on courses

Sunsail welcomes your older children on any of our courses at any time of year, provided they are accompanied by at least one adult. However, to participate in courses they must meet the minimum age requirements.

Please note you will need to charter the entire yacht if a child under the age of 18 is participating in the course.

Course provisioning

Marina fees

Mooring/marina fees are not included in the course fees and are generally split amongst the crew. Check Lefkas base’s eGuide for more information on berth prices and we encourage you to bring some cash to cover this.

Travel & Base information

For further travel & base information, please find more detail here.

Flotilla Hero & Starter Courses

Why not combine your course with a family holiday on our Flotilla Starter course or our Flotilla Hero course? Climb aboard and share unforgettable family experiences while gaining your RYA Start Yachting or RYA Day Skipper certificate. On the Flotilla Hero course, up to two can earn an RYA Day Skipper certification or up to three crew members can gain their RYA Competent Crew qualification.

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