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This course is an introduction to sailing and seamanship.
This is a great course for those new to sailing 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 saling 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 sailing yacht.

Notes: We also offer this two day course one of the options on our “Boat Tapas” week (other options are Diving, Motor Cruising Helmsman’s course, 2 day Powerboat Level 2 course)
The duration of the course is two days, and you will return to the base marina each night.

Pre-course experience


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 Competent Crew course.  You spend the two days getting familiar with the boat and explore the anchorages away from the beaten track around Tenerife.


All our Start Yachting courses start at 10:00.  Often this course is combined with a Competent Crew course over a week, in this case we ask you 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.

If you are just doing the RYA Start Yachting course then the course will finish at 18:00 on the second day.  If you are combining it with a Competent Crew course over a week we ask you to get off the yacht at 10:00 on the Friday 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

Bavaria 36
Hanse 400e
Sun Odyssey 39i
Sun Odyssey 40
Seaquest Prima 38
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:

  • Tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • Light weight waterproofs – just in case;
  • Food and drink on board – including a glass of wine, or a beer after a days sailing;
  • All mooring fees, gas and diesel – no hidden extras;

Notes: On this two day course we do not include accommodation, 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.

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).

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:

Bavaria 36 per person for the two day course excluding accommodation

250 €

12m Club Class Yacht (Hanse 385, Hanse 400e, Seaquest Prima 38Sun Odyssey 39i, Sun Odyssey 40) per person for the two day course excluding accommodation

350 €

Complete Club Class Yacht for the two day course for up to 5 persons

1000 €

Notes: We offer a late notice discount and also in the quieter summer months – 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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