The Ionian is regarded as being one of the safest and most popular sailing areas because of the favourable winds and the multitude of small, secure anchorages and quays. Even so, safety is of paramount importance and an appropriate level of experience is required.  In addition to appropriate levels of experience, the skipper of the yacht must hold a valid practical sailing licence/diploma such as:

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical
  • IYT Day Skipper
  • ICC
  • ASA 104  

Any other practical Day Sailing qualification issued by a recognised National sailing body is ok.  If in doubt, just ask.

A Power licence or ICC Power is not sufficient for chartering a sail boat.

A VHF licence is currently not required for chartering in Greece.


The co-skipper does not need to have any formal qualifications.


International Certificate of Competence ("ICC")

The ICC is an assessment based qualification issued by the RYA in the UK.  If you have sufficient experience to Day Skipper level, and do not have the time to spare to sit a full on RYA Day Skipper course then this is a good option for you to consider.  The assessment can be performed on your own boat or on a training school boat in a day.  

More Information:  ICC


For those wishing to brush up on their sailing skills we normally suggest that we provide a skipper for a day or two to build up confidence and ensure safe sailing. If you would prefer the security of one of our skippers to accompany you throughout your holiday, then we would be more than happy to assist.

You can read all about our Skippering Services here:  Nisos Skippered Charters



We also run an Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme which is great for you recently qualified skippers.  You can read more about it here: Assisted Bareboat Charters