Frequently asked questions

We have put together a list of questions and answers


Each participant is responsible for arranging transportation to and from the training location. Whenever there will be car-pooling options, we will post them on the communication channels related to the event.

Weather-related essentials: wind stuff, rain stuff, cold stuff.

Non-marking shoes (2 pairs), earplugs, flip-flops, beanie/cap, sunglasses, sunscreen. Only foldable, soft luggage, no hard-shell luggage!

Whether you arrive in Kavala or Athens, both marinas have the option of providing secure parking during your week-long training.


There won’t be an exam. The instructor constantly evaluates each participant over the practice week and there will be a final feedback session at the end. Our practice format is designed to ensure that, by the end of the week, you’ll realize on your own what your level is.

8 hours

Morning session from 09:00 - 13:00
Lunch break between 13:00 - 14:30
Afternoon session from 14:30 - 18:30

Once your spot is confirmed, you’ll receive training materials per e-mail and we encourage you to go over those. Before the start of the practice week, we’ll organize online workshops on topics related to those comprised in the training materials. Participation is free and useful.

CAPETAN trainers are graduates of all our training modules, have an impeccable track record of over 2,000 NM each and are RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore certified. Their details HERE

No matter how much sailing experience you have and how much practice you do, legislation and insurance companies allow renting a boat only with a sailing licence. We recommend RYA DS and ICC.

Typical charter boats from 38 ft. to 45 ft. and catamarans minimum 40 ft.

Each crew consists of 5 students and 1 instructor. Each boat has a minimum of 3 double cabins. In the absence of prior arrangements, cabin spots are drawn by lot.

The daily itinerary takes into account the programmed practice elements and the weather conditions. It is not a typical tourist itinerary.

No. Alcohol consumption is not allowed between 09:00 and 18:30. Otherwise, we recommend moderation.

Each practice module has its own curriculum. You can find them on the following links:



  • 7 days theory and practice with one of the CAPETAN Club trainers
  • Accommodation on school boat with maximum 5 trainees + trainer
  • Boat rental (boat related equipment/towels/end-cleaning)
  • Attendance at pre-departure theoretical workshops
  • Feedback sessions and personal counselling
  • Required documentation in electronic format

They are people like you, passionate about sailing, who want to charter or buy boats and offer safe holidays to their families and friends, or who want a career in the field.

All sailing terminology will be in English! For the rest, the crew may choose the language.

Saturday - safety briefing at 6 p.m.

Friday - return to the marina by 5 p.m.

Saturday - check-out at 9 a.m.

8 hours of practice per day:

  • morning session from 09:00 to 13:00
  • lunch break 13:00 - 14:30
  • afternoon session from 14:30 - 18:30


No. Having a skipper’s license is not a requirement. In fact, some students opt for HOP to really understand what sailing is about and decide if they like it before getting the license and going forward in this field.

In some cases, yes. Check out HOP practice plan, available HERE: if you're confident you can handle the items listed there, you can sign up for HOPA. Or call us and we'll discuss. Keep in mind that HOPA does not repeat elements from HOP, so it’s more efficient to be at the same level as the other students.

There is very little cooking on board, as the time is dedicated to practice! Breakfast is usually served on the boat. Same goes for various snacks throughout the day – fruit, energy bars, etc. Lunch and dinner are served at local taverns. The crew is responsible for deciding what to buy and shopping.

It is customary for the crew to cover the cost of the instructor's meals on board as well as when they dine together in taverns.

Yes. See Private training section, available HERE.

Any type of sailing experience is a personal plus. As for how it might impact your application to the Capetan practice modules, see the answer to question "Does my sailing experience qualify me for HOPA?"

Standard licensing procedure involves little or no practice and is in no way equivalent to actual sailing experience. In addition to expanding and elaborating on theoretical aspects, Capetan practice modules put you in real sailing scenarios, in typical charter locations.

It is possible, but there is a wide range of drugs and alternative remedies available in pharmacies. The instructor can give you recommendations if necessary.

95% of locations have cellular coverage, including 4G.

In most marinas we can connect to 220. A 12V circuit is available on board (car sockets).

Each boat has at least one toilet.

The boats are equipped with showers and there is hot water.

No. It is however necessary to specify this at the safety briefing.

If your question is not listed above, please contact us either on [email protected] or by phone on 073CAPETAN

All our trainers at CAPETAN.club are RYA Yachtmaster certified

undergo extensive training sessions and over time succeed in creating skippers we can be proud of and recommend to carry our name forward. Not only do we train competent skippers who can get you safely from A to B, but we also work with people you will enjoy spending time with, who are there for you throughout the week, able to understand and meet your needs.

All Capetan certified skippers that will be part of your sailing holiday have undergone extensive training during Hands On Practice Training and Hands On Practice Advanced Training ; all have at least 2000 miles as skipper in private or fleet events; are ICC and RYA certified, with a planned continuous qualification. As we say, sailing is a language that requires lifelong learning.

At Capetan, we are proud to be part of your holiday and we are delighted to be at your service. Our skippers represent us and all that we have invested in them, no wonder we are Capetan Club - Skippers' Elite.

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