Day Skipper (Tidal) for Sail

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. We offer on line Day Skipper Theory courses if you have limited holiday (or wish to spend more time on the water and who can blame you) or 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

On our 14m 4 cabin Dufour 455 and Hanse 540 we have loads more space so occasionally have up to 5 persons on these much larger yachts - but you will always get your own berth!

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 are really happy to 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.

Note: 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?

For further details of the RYA Day Skipper for Sail Practical course syllabus have a look at our Day Skipper Practical course contents

Further details of the course can be found on our Day Skipper course syllabus page

Club Yachting’s Guarantee

We do understand that it is important to you that you complete the RYA Day Skipper Sailing course. We haven't dropped our standards - you still have to complete all the elements of the course, so we can't guarantee you will pass - but what we do is promise to do everything we can by reviewing our courses, number of persons on board and now offer a SECOND CHANCE to complete your Day Skipper - a great GUARANTEE

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.)

Books to compliment the course

Day Skipper Handbook – Sail

Day Skipper Handbook – Sail The RYA Day Skipper Sail Handbook is a perfect companion to the Day Skipper and Day Skipper Plus course.

With detailed and practical guidance on key skills it elaborates on the Day Skipper Course notes.

Full of illustrations on all the points you will learn on your practical course and also includes hints to put your theoretical navigation into practice.

Also included is advice on safety - life-saving signals, simple engine repair and coping with bad weather.

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RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook

RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook Includes comprehensive information on the contents and structure of the sail and motor cruising RYA courses that make up the Yachtmaster courses.

Also included are details of the Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory and also the one-day courses (VHF (SRC), Diesel Engine, First Aid, RADAR, Sea Survival and ISAF which are all available from Club Yachting).

This book informs you of what to expect when taking any RYA sail or motor cruising course and also provides pages for you to log your progress and keep your certificates. Your personal boating experience, from starting out up to RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, will be enhanced by this book.

This book effectively combines, updates and replaces RYA Sail Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (G15) and RYA Motor Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (G18). It also introduces new courses and clarifies pre-exam requirements for all RYA Yachtmaster exams.

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RYA Day Skipper Practical (Sail) course notes

RYA Day Skipper Practical (Sail) course notes If you are thinking of taking the RYA Day Skipper Practical (Sail) course then this book is a great summary. It includes:
tips on skippering a yacht on a short passage (from planning, crew briefing, safety, navigation); as well as boat handling, etc.

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Reeds Skippers Handbook

Reeds Skippers Handbook The pocket sized Reed's Skipper's Handbook is our top recommended book.

The book is full of information and a great summary of everything a sailor needs to know at sea.

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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.

What’s included?

  • 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.

What do I need to bring to go sailing:

Not surprisingly most people pack to much when going sailing so Andy has put together a great sailing holiday packing list - useful for both RYA courses, flotillas and charters.

How much does it cost?

Sailing 10m class
(i.e. Bavaria 37)
£500 p.p.
Forepeak Supplement: N/A, max. 3 students
Single occupancy supplement per cabin: £ 60

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Sailing on our large 15m yachts
(i.e. First 50, Dufour 455 and Hanse 540e)
£650 p.p.
Forepeak Supplement: £50 (island bed & ensuite heads)
Single occupancy supplement per cabin: £75

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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:

Complete yacht just for you
Private tuition on your own 12m sail boat - great for a group of friends or a family holiday!

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Larger yacht - with two heads
Fancy a larger yacht? With a 3 cabin, 50' boat there is plenty of space for friends or a family!

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Working commercially

The RYA Day Skipper (tidal) certificate can be used to work on board a commercial craft subject the MCA's codes of practice. It can be endorsed for commercial vessels up to 24m in length, operating in category 5 and 6 waters - that is up to 20 miles from a nominated departure point in fine weather and daylight. In addition to the certificate you will need your PPR certificate, which is available from Club Yachting.