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Pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation. Use of the equipment on board the yacht, rules of the road and meteorology.

Notes:RYA Day Skipper courses can be taken in either sail or motor yachts, and in tidal or non-tidal waters. Due to our location all our courses are tidal, and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

This is the most popular of the Motor Yacht courses. During the course you will spend two nights at other marinas exploring the beautiful areas of the Canaries away from the beaten track. You will gain some night cruising experience whilst experiencing entering and leaving different harbours. During the course there is plenty of time for the all important boat handling to ensure that you feel comfortable handling the motor yacht.

The Day Skipper (Motor) course is very much a hands-on course with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects. It is therefore recommended that you take the RYA Day Skipper Theory course prior to your practical course so you can put those skills into practice on the water. If you wish you can join us for a two week Combined course which covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of the Day Skipper course.An alternative option is to complete your Day Skipper Theory course by self study or correspondence course – ask us for more details.

On the Day Skipper Motor course you will be spending five days on board the yacht visiting the beautiful areas of the Canaries away from the beaten track.

If you have had no experience of Motor Yachts we suggest completing our Combined Helmsman and Day Skipper course over 6 days / 7 nights.

Pre-course experience

Buy RYA Day Skipper Handbook Motor at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA Day Skipper Handbook Motor at the RYA Shop

2 days and had an introduction to night cruising on a Motor Yacht (i.e. Helmsman course).

Assumed knowledge

Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended that you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course before taking this practical course.

Ability after course

Can skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.


All our courses are run by one of our experienced instructors.

Suggested itinerary

Instructor on the Friday evening for a welcome drink, before spending the rest of the week visiting ports such as San Sebastian de la Gomera - giving you a chance to see the unspoiled areas of the Canary Islands.

On Saturday morning the course proper starts at about 10:00 with a comprehensive safety briefing and familiarisation with the boat and its equipment. After lunch you will prepare the boat for sea and set sail for a gentle introduction to the boat including man over board techniques, points of sail etc. You will often return to the base marina on the Saturday night. If you are on a more advanced course, or crewing on one, then you will often sail for another harbour.

On the Sunday morning you sail west around Tenerife, perhaps stopping for the night in the beautiful fishing harbour of San Juan - anchoring for a peaceful night amongst the fishing boats. If you like fish we can suggest a wonderful Spanish fish restaurant that is hidden away in the back streets. Other options for the night is anchoring in El Pris and also mooring on the pontoons in the harbour of Los Gigantes. Further north can be found Masca bay – a perfect anchorage, ideal for a swim or lunch stop.

We then cross from Tenerife to San Sebastian de La Gomera for a night in a marina. This is the town that Christopher Columbus departed from on three of his four trips across to America. In this picturesque Canarian town you can find a steak restaurant to rival the best, and a fish restaurant (known to those who have sailed with us before as Thomas’) where, if you are lucky, the locals join together for a sing song after the food has finished cooking.

After a morning maybe exploring the town, you travel around the south of the island to Valle Gran Rey – maybe stopping en-route in one of the little bays for some swimming.

You moor in the old fishing harbour - either anchor stern to in the harbour (Mediterranean style), or tie onto the harbour wall. Puerto de Vueltas, the other name for Valle Gran Rey (the valley of the King), is a delightful town surrounded by red cliffs, with narrow back streets. This wonderful setting is one of the best in the Canary Islands - a world apart from the resorts of Las Americas! Once you have watched the sun go down over the ocean from a little bar you can enjoy a delightful Lebanese restaurant or if you fancy Spanish food you will not be disappointed. The only problem with the town is it is so hard to leave its peaceful environment.

From Valle Gran Rey we either make our way back to San Sebastian – or back to Tenerife.

On the evening of Thursday we have our end of course drinks in our classroom, with the certificate presentation. A great chance to chat over the highlights of the week.

On the Friday morning we ask you to leave the yacht at 10:00 so we can get it ready for the next week.

Notes: During the week you will get plenty of opportunities to practice boat handling in different marinas and harbours including San Sebastian, Valle Gran Rey, Santiago, San Miguel and of course Las Galletas.


We ask our clients to arrive on Friday.  We clean our boats and do any maintenance between 10:00 and 17:00 so if you arrive earlier we will look after your bags for you.  At 17:00 we invite you to get on the yachts and meet your Instructor, and at 18:30 we hold a welcome drink in our classroom to introduce you to the crew on the other boats, and all our Instructors.

Notes:Because of our location you have the advantage that you normally arrive in our marina within 15 minutes of collecting your bags.

On the Friday we ask you to get off the yacht at 10:00 so we can clean her ready for the next week.  If you have a later flight we can look after your bags for you – and why not think of our one day courses: Diesel Engine; VHF; First Aid; RADAR and Sea Survival

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Carver 356
Sunseeker Portofino 35
Sunseeker Portofino 46

Notes: All our boats are commercially registered and are therefore fully insured according to Spanish law.  They also meet both Spanish, and the RYA’s safety standards.

As usual with Club Yachting the following is included:

  • All our clients get their own berth
  • A client instructor ratio of 4:1;
  • Tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • Unlike other schools we include accommodation on board your yacht – which enables you to explore the rest of the Canaries without worrying about getting separate accommodation;
  • Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and towels – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own;
  • Light weight waterproofs – just in case;
  • Food and drink on board – including a including a glass of wine, or a beer after a days sailing;
  • Two evening meals on board the yacht – often one is a barbeque in a small bay where you get the opportunity to swim with turtles;
  • All mooring fees – no hidden extras;
  • Air conditioning is available throughout the boat with separate controls for each cabin.

Notes: We do not include fuel (we ask you to pay a share of the cost of fuel, but in the Canaries is much cheaper than elsewhere at about €1 per litre), flights, travel insurance or evening meals ashore.

Must bring your own:

Sun protection – Sun glasses, sun hat and non oily sun cream (without carotene) are a definite must!

Music / DVD – there is a CD on the boat (and a DVD player on Club Class boats), so please bring with you a CD / DVD or 2.

Mobile phone charging – There is a 12v “cigarette” style socket on board the yacht which is live even when sailing, and a 240v socket (Spanish type) for when connected to shore power.

Medication – If you are taking any medication please advise your Instructor on commencement of the course.

Health care – Health care in the Canary Islands is good, but it is a good idea to collect the EHIC form from your local post office or online at www.ehic.org.uk.

Seasickness - It is advisable to bring with you a seasickness remedy if you have suffered in the past.  There is a local chemist in the town of Las Galletas – ask your Instructor where it is at the Friday night drink.

Notes: All bedding, bed linen (sheet, duvet cover and pillow) and a towel are provided.  Please make sure that you let us know if you suffer from allergies as we provide feather pillows as standard.

Recommended clothes

The climate in the Canaries is temperate.  You are recommended to bring with you shorts and t-shirts, a jumper/cardigan, long jeans/trousers and jumper for the odd cooler evening in the winter months, shoes with non-marking bottoms for use on the boat, swimwear and something for dinners ashore.  As the boat has limited storage space a sailing bag / holdall is the most suitable luggage.

Notes: We lend you a shower / wind proof jacket (normally only needed for the sea spray).  Please give it back to us on the Thursday evening.

Which boat?

FFollowing extensive feedback from our clients we have introduced some other options on our larger Club Class yachts according to which option you book:

Carver 356 (Day Skipper course – 5 days tuition / 5 nights accommodation)

700 €

Carver 356 (Combined Helmsman and Day Skipper course – 6 days tuition / 7 nights accommodation)

800 €

Sunseeker Portofino 35 or Sunseeker Portofino 46 are only available as the complete yacht

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Notes: Whichever cabin you choose you won’t have to share unless you ask to, and also there is never more than 4 clients on board (unless you book the complete yacht for sole use). If two persons share a cabin there is a 10% discount.  We can also offer a discount if clients book two or more weeks – contact us for more details.

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