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Course content

Safety, seamanship and helmsmanship.  An introduction to equipment on board the yacht, rules of the road and meteorology.

Notes: RYA Helmsman course is for 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 a great course for those new to motor yachts who would like a good introduction, see how they handle and complete some short trips.

This is very much a hands-on course with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects. It introduces complete beginners to motor cruising and teaches basic boat handling, safety, seamanship, an introduction to engine maintenance and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of the crew of a motor cruising yacht.

The duration of the course is two days, and you will return to the base marina each night.

Pre-course experience

Buy RYA Motor Cruising Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA Motor Cruising Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop


Assumed knowledge


Ability after course

Useful crew member.

Notes: Please note that there is no minimum age for this course, but you will need an ability to understand sailing terminology and a willingness to learn.  This course can be run along side a Day Skipper, or Coastal Skipper, course and is perfect for the partner, or under 16’s, who do not wish to do to much.

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

Suggested itinerary

This is a two day course which comes back to the base marina every night.  It is often run in conjunction with the Day Skipper course.  You spend the two days getting familiar with the boat and explore the anchorages away from the beaten track around Tenerife.


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

Minimum Duration
2 days tuition Download information on PDF Download Itinerary on PDF

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:

  • A client instructor ratio of 4:1;
  • Tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and towels – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own (only provided for courses of 3 days duration or more);
  • 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;
  • 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?

Following 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 (Helmsman course – 2 days tuition excluding accommodation)

350 €

Complete Yacht for the two day Helmsman course for up to 5 persons excluding accommodation

1000 €

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

800 €

Complete yacht (Carver 356 for 6 days tuition / 7 nights accommodation) for up to 5 persons

3000 €

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

Contact for details

Notes:  If two persons share a cabin there is a 10% discount.  We can also offer a discount in the quieter summer months and anytime is you book two or more weeks – contact us for more details.

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Marina del Sur - Las Galletas 38631 - Telephone: (+34) 676 496 091 - UK number: (+44) 208 133 7228 - E-mail: info@clubyachting.com
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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