Sail YSL is officially a recognised RYA Training Centre for shorebased courses. This means we can offer RYA Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory courses and issue course completion certificates; an indispensable preparation for practical RYA courses.

Sail YSL is the only full-time organisation in Switzerland to offer these courses on a face-to-face, classroom based basis. The advantage of this over distance learning or computer-based courses is, of course, that you have an instructor there to answer questions as they arise rather than having to muddle through on your own or having to wait for an e-mail response.

You no longer need to factor in the cost and hassle of flights and accommodation to do your theory courses – you can do them locally!

RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship

A 2-day course introducing the basic skills for active involvement on a boat. Complements the Competent Crew practical course. Find out more…

RYA Day Skipper theory course

A 5-day course, run over a week or 2 weekends, the essential precursor to the RYA Day Skipper practical course – the most popular course in the RYA cruising scheme. Find out more…

RYA Yachtmaster theory course

Advanced theory course lasting 5 days, common to all courses above Day Skipper. Don’t attempt this without sound knowledge of Day Skipper theory! Find out more…

We also work with our partners in Greece and Gibraltar to deliver RYA dinghy courses as well as Competent Crew and Day Skipper practical courses (yachting courses which have to be conducted on the open sea). Courses in Gibraltar last for 5 days and are more intensive, and you will visit 2-3 countries and 2 continents. In Greece, flight times mean our courses last 7 days, for a more relaxed approach as you island-hop around the Ionian, and we can even offer you a preparation week for your Day Skipper course too.

RYA dinghy courses

Join us in Greece to take your RYA dinghy courses while staying on our yacht. The water’s generally warmer too! Find out more…

RYA yachting courses

Would you like to take your practical course with us following on from your theory course? Competent Crew and Day Skipper available in Greece and Gibraltar. Find out more…