Why the Coastal Skipper Plus?
What’s covered during the 6 days?
During the week you will study: pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation as well as use of the equipment on board the yacht, IRPCS and meteorology
Note: Club Yachting's Coastal Skipper + course is designed for those clients who have already gained experienced to the level of the RYA’s Coastal Skipper Practical (Tidal) Course and do not yet feel ready to take the MCA Yachtmaster preparation and exam – or just wish to consolidate the knowledge learnt when they did their Coastal Skipper.
This is very much a hands-on course - introducing new skills which you will polish if you go on to do the MCA exams (Coastal Skipper MCA or Yachtmaster Offshore). During the week you will spend time doing passages as well as learning things like sailing on and off buoys and pontoons, sailing in confined areas as well as blind navigation, running fixes etc.
Boat handling to the standard of the Coastal Skipper Practical sail cruising course. This will typically be a minimum of twenty days at sea, with two days as skipper. You will have covered at least 500 miles, with 12 night hours.
It is recommended that you attend the Yachtmaster shorebased and also the Coastal Skipper Practical course before taking this course.
Ability after course
Can confidently skipper a yacht by day and night.
When is the course run?
The Coastal Skipper Plus course is normally run on the week prior to the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore:
Note: the RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course is run every week of the year
About the week
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 and anchorages. If you need further information where you go please 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 one of our one day courses:
Diesel Engine ; First Aid ; RADAR ; Sea Survival and VHF (SRC) course
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. Buy Now
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- 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?
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.