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Experience levels

From Novice Sailor to Experienced Yachtsman - We have a destination, experience and yacht to suit!

To make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable sailing experience, we have grouped all of our products into 5 different levels.  You may have many thousands of sea miles under your belt but it certainly does not limit you to Level 3 destinations - some of our most beautiful sailing areas and fun products are Level 0 or 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 holiday and you could put the safety of those on board at risk. If you are not sure what level you are then why not try our Sailing CV which will show you all of the best products and destinations tailored to your skills and qualifications.
 
Many sailing destinations are asking for formal qualifications in order for you to charter a yacht. All of our Mediterranean destinations require formal quialfications in order to charter a yacht.  The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or RYA Day Skipper is 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 0

You will require a minimum of one of the following:

  • 5 days dinghy experience plus Sunsail 3 day Flotilla Training Course
  • 5 days yacht experience including helming the boat under sail and power
  • RYA Competent Crew qualification

 

Sailing Conditions

  • Weather: 0-15 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
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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Level 1

You will require a minimum of one of the following:

  • 5 days or 100 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht
  • International Certificate of Competence (ICC) qualification. The ICC of Day Skipper is compulsory for Croatia and Greece.

N.B. ICC or RYA Day Skipper is compulsory for skippering a yacht in Croatia, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

Sailing Conditions

  • Weather: 5-20 knots wind
  • Navigation: Line-of-sight sailing, basic knowledge of charts, able to plot your position
  • Moorings: Primarily stern to mooring in the Mediterranean and buoys in the Caribbean
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Level 2

You will require a minimum of one the following:

  • 10 days or 200 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht
  • RYA Day Skipper qualification
  • ICC qualification. The ICC or Day Skipper is compulsory for Croatia.

N.B. ICC or RYA Day Skipper is compulsory for skippering a yacht in Croatia and Greece.

Sailing Conditions

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

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Level 3

You will require a minimum of one of the following:

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

Sailing Conditions
  • Weather: 10 - 25 knots wind
  • Navigation: Understand large tidal variations, ability to cope with strong currents and be able to make a passage plan
  • Moorings: 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

NB. Please note that levels are for guidance only. There is a possibility of occasional strong winds even in a level 1 area.

Please check with us at the time of booking for sailing regulations and minimum requirements for your destination.

 
Level
Charter
Flotilla
1 week
2 weeks
Level 1GREECE - Vounaki GREECE - Ithaca
TURKEY - FethiyeGREECE - KefaloniaCROATIA - Vis
CROATIA - Iles DalmatesGREECE - KalamosBritish Virgin Islands
BAHAMAS - Abacos  
British Virgin IslandsCROATIA - Krka
AUSTRALIA - WhitsundaysCROATIA - Hvar
 British Virgin Islands
Level 2 CROATIA - Mljet 
GREECE - Athens 
 
CROATIA - Dubrovnik
ITALY - CannigioneCROATIA - Dubrovnik
ITALY - Procida 
ITALY - Tropea
ITALY - Palermo
SPAIN - Palma
BELIZE
ST MARTIN
ANTIGUA
THAILAND - Phuket
 
TAHITI - Raiatea
TONGA - Vava'u
Level 3ST LUCIA  
GRENADA 
SEYCHELLES - MahéST LUCIA
UNITED KINGDOM - The Solent 
CANADA - Vancouver