When may I join you to do the course?
We run our RYA Day Skipper course every week of the year from our base in Tenerife, including Christmas and New Year weeks. On the boat with you are other sailors - who are doing Competent Crew, Day Skipper plus (great to consolidate the skills learnt on Day Skipper) or Coastal Skipper Plus (reinforcing the skills needed for Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore). Over the years we have found that this gives the best course as everyone is doing different things (harder work to the Instructor but as they are all trained by us its not a problem).
In order to get the most out of this hands-on practical course we 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 Day Skipper course which covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of the RYA course.
How many are on board?
We like to make sure you are not crowded and also want to make sure you have plenty of time with your instructor so we offer a:
- MAXIMUM of 3 persons on 10m yachts (like the Bavaria 36)
- MAXIMUM of 4 persons on 12m yachts (like the Sun Odyssey 39i)
- 5 persons if you book the complete yacht for yourself and your friends - the RYA maximum
About the course
Club Yachting offer a tidal Day Skipper (sail) qualification from our base in Tenerife every week of the year. The course is continual assessment so no big exam at the end. Our courses are all 6 days long (rather that the RYA recommended 5 days) to give you an extra day to consolidate.
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 club house 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.
During the 6 day course you will visit other marinas, anchorages and islands. If you need further information on what's covered please have a look at our Day Skipper Practical (Sail) course syllabus, and see here for details of our typical itinerary.
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 ; First Aid ; RADAR ; Sea Survival and VHF (SRC) course
Why get a non tidal skipper ticket in the Mediterranean when the Canaries offers the tidal endorsement at the same cost (and a lot warmer weather) than doing it in the Solent?
What is taught during the course?
- Preparing the yacht for sea - including checking the boat, crew and making sure there is enough food and water on board
- Skippering ability - can manage the crew on board
- Seamanship - can reef, shake out reefs and change sails
- Anchoring - including preparation and calculating tidal heights (seeing if there is enough water under the keel at low water
- Mooring - which warps to use, springing off, parking stern to and along side
- Mooring buoys - the best approach angle (Andy's magic 60 degrees)
- Passage planning - putting your CTS (course to steer) into practise
- Navigation - building on your theory knowledge and using to: take fixes, do an EP (estimating position), keeping up a log
- Electronics - using a GPS / chart plotter, depth sounder, VHF radio, RADAR etc
- Meteorology - where to get a weather forecast and reading a synoptic chart
- IRPCS (International Rules for Prevention of Collisions at Sea) - lights, shapes, sound signals and rules of the road
- Maintenance - how to look after your boat
- Diesel Engines - including a session on our engine in our classroom so you really do know how to beeld and engine an change an impellor
- Heavy weather sailing - what to do if it gets very windy
- Man-over-board and other emergencies
- Yacht handling under sail - steer and trim on all points of sail, knowing about poling out the genoa
Further details of the course can be found on our Day Skipper course syllabus page
What do I need to know to the this course?
The RYA recommends that you have:
- been on a sailing yacht yacht (of under 24 metres) for 5 days, covered 100 miles
- have experience of helming and trimming sails (see the RYA Competent Crew course for details)
- experienced sailing in the dark, preferably for at least four hours, on board a sailing yacht
- knowledge of basic navigation including chart work and tides to RYA Day Skipper Theory level (It is recommended that you attend the RYA Day Skipper shore based course which can be completed either on line or in our classroom – please contact us for more details.)
What can I do after completing the Day Skipper course?
After completing the RYA Day Skipper Practical course you will be competent to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters in daylight.
This course is perfect if you are looking to charter a yacht, with your friends or family, in the Mediterranean such as the Ionia, Greece, Croatia or the Balearics.
Who teaches the RYA Day Skipper courses?
All RYA Day Skipper courses are run by one of our experienced instructors.
- Six days of teaching and seven nights accommodation – that extra day helps you consolidate your knowledge, and also we understand that you are on holiday and give you time to relax as well as learn;
- a maximum of 4 persons on board (rather than the RYA recommended maximum of 5 students - who likes to be crammed in?)
- Tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
- Light weight waterproof jacket – just in case of the odd wave;
- Food and drink on board – breakfast and lunch, evening meals when sailing after 20:00 and a glass of wine, or a beer after a days sailing;
- All mooring fees, gas and diesel – no hidden extras;
- Your own berth – no need to share (unless you want to);
- Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and 2 pillows and towels per person – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own (we suggest you may be able to fly with hand luggage only);
Notes: We do not include: flights, travel insurance or evening meals ashore.
Please bring your own:
- Sun protection – Sun glasses, sun hat and non oily sun cream (without carotene) are a definite must!
- Music – there is a radio on the boat which can be connected to your iPod so please bring with you some music to share
- 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 go on line for your EHIC card or collect a form from your local post office. Other European nationalities can get information from the European Commission
- 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.
- Travel insurance – While our boats are insured we do ask you to have your own Travel Insurance and suggest Top Sail if you live in an EU country.
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.
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 soft 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.
How much does it cost?
Why not get a group of friends together?
We can take up to 5 sailors for an RYA course if you come as a group or family: