Winter training with Corfu Sea School

We have been pondering whether or not to offer winter training for some years now. One of the biggest barriers has always been that the direct flights to Corfu from Northern Europe finish at the beginning of November each year. You can still get to Corfu in the winter, but it means flying to Athens…

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5 tips to help your resume stand out with the captain

The resume (cv) is often your first point of communication with the captain and the crew who are involved in the recruitment decision-making process. Whether or not you know you can wow them with your charm when they meet you is irrelevant. You need to get to that first meeting or interview stage and more…

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Do you have the right attributes to work on a superyacht?

Do you have the right attributes to work on a superyacht? Many people dream of living and working on a billionaire’s yacht. Visiting exotic places, eating amazing food and partying hard with champagne. However, even the lure of mega bucks in wages and tips, travel, and expense free living will not be for everyone. It…

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Do you have what it takes to be a superyacht deckhand?

There is no question about it, working on a superyacht is one of the most exciting and well-paid jobs around. However, what this means is that many people are vying for the same posts and you have to stand out to be in with a chance of being employed. Do yourself a big favour and…

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Making Sense of the new STCW refresher training

The Manila Amendments have brought a number of changes to the STCW 2010. The one which affects the majority of crew working in the superyacht industry is the need to updates some aspects of the STCW mandatory training. As of January 1st, 2017, there is a requirement to update some of the STCW certificates that are more…

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Will Brexit affect the work of super yacht crew?

As were many people working abroad, superyacht crew were anxious about the result of the referendum held in June, to decide whether on not the UK should leave the European Union. When they awoke to the shock, there was then the uncertainty to follow. What does it mean for superyacht crew working in Europe? Will…

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Training for Tide

From the 1st January 2017 the RYA has decided that there will no longer to be separate tidal and non-tidal courses within the powerboat, sailing and motor cruising schemes. That means you will be studying tide even if you attend a courses with us in Greece and any certificates awarded will no longer make the…

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Which RYA course?

RYA Sailing Courses Greece

Which RYA course? We are often asked which RYA course is correct for an individual. Our answer is based on the client’s experience, how long ago the experience was gained and what they would like to achieve. For the vast majority of pleasure sailors the RYA Day Skipper qualification is the most they will ever…

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Guide to Yacht Charter in Greece

RYA yacht under full sail

I have been considering writing a brief guide to yacht charter in Greece for some time now. Largely, in response to questions from our RYA sea school clients. In essence, renting a boat should be easy, however there are number of pitfalls to avoid. The following should be considered: The Charter Company There are some great…

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New online course the ICC

Alonside sailing corfu sea school

We are please to announce a new online course designed for anyone preparing for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) practical test for power or sail. It contains lessons and exercises on all of the navigation and safety elements you will be tested on. Fully narrated and animated lectures explain each element in detail. With…

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Rya Training voted the best in the world

Royal Yachting Association logo

This is a re-blog of an article published by Seamaster: The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) sailing qualifications have been voted the premiere sailing accreditation for excellence and global reputation following a recent survey targeting 200 professional yacht and motorboat charter companies. The professional charter companies that were surveyed own and manage in excess of 6,000…

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From SailPowercourses .com

RYA Motor Cruising Courses Greece

This is a re blog from a new service we are listed with, written by Heidi Frith. I think the information discussed here is of interest to anyone thinking of booking  boating course: Booking a sailing, powerboating or motor boat course, for the first time can be quite a daunting thought. What will the instructor…

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Springtime RYA shorebased courses

RYA theory training to avoid mishaps

  The days are short and the night hours long. Never a better time to start that RYA theory course that you keep promising yourself . Our first formal (face-to-face) Yachtmaster theory course this year will begin on 31st March. However, there are plenty of online alternatives to be getting on with in the meantime. As…

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Sail Training in the Mediterranean

Sail training ship Chopin RYA Mediterranean

Came across the lovely Polish sail training ship ‘Chopin’ in Malaga (Spain), harbour last week. What a sight. If I remember correctly one of my Yachtmaster students, Magda, was the first Mate for awhile. Is that correct, Magda? From the stories she told me training is very different on this type of vessel. Lots of…

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Amsterdam for Christmas

sailing ship Amsterdam

We are in Amsterdam for Christmas, as guests of Tanya’s sister Olga and her partner Koen. After a few days of the usual holiday overindulgence, we started to explore. A trip to Amsterdam revealed a city changed little since I last visited. How,refreshing! The atmosphere around the canals is as festive and bohemian as I remember.…

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