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Course content

The theoretical aspects of pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation, rules of the road and meteorology to RYA Coastal Skipper Theory standard.

Notes: This course teaches you navigation and other theoretical subjects which are required before taking the RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course.

This course is residential and accommodation is provided throughout the week.

Pre-course experience

Buy RYA Yachtmaster® Shorebased Notes at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA Yachtmaster® Shorebased Notes at the RYA Shop

Day Skipper Theory course completion certificate

Assumed knowledge

Navigation and sailing ability ideally to Day Skipper Theory and Practical level

Ability after course

Background knowledge to skipper a small yacht by day and night

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

Suggested itinerary

On the Friday evening you join your Instructor for a welcome drink.
During the week you will be spending your time in our purpose built air conditioned classroom a short walk from the marina.  During the Day Skipper Theory week the following are included:

  • Tuition and course books;
  • Accommodation;
  • Breakfast and lunch

A days sailing in the middle of the week to help blow away the cobwebs and consolidate the theory.
On the evening of Thursday we have our end of course drinks in our classroom, with the certificate presentation.  A great chance to chat over the highlights of the week – and commiserate with the losers of the race!



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

Notes: All our boats are commercially registered in Spain 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:

  • All our clients get their own cabin – no need to share or sleep in the saloon;
  • A client instructor ratio of 4:1;
  • Your course takes you away from our base marina, giving you the chance to explore the beautiful and unspoilt areas of La Gomera and sometimes La Palma or Gran Canaria;
  • Tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • 6 full days of tuition, and 7 nights accommodation – we understand that you are on holiday and give you time to relax as well as learn;
  • Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and towels – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own;
  • Light weight waterproofs – just in case;
  • Food and drink on board – including a glass of wine, gin and tonic or a beer after a days sailing;
  • Two evening meals on board the yacht;
    All mooring fees, diesel and gas – no hidden extras.

Notes: We do not include 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.


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:

Classic: Bavaria 36

675 €

Club class: Hanse 400e, Sun Odyssey 39i & 45DS, Prima 38

760 €

Credit crunch special: Saloon

500 €

or Single cabin on our Prima 38

675 €

Notes: Whichever cabin you choose you won’t have to share unless you ask to, and also there is never more than 4 clients on board (unless you book the complete yacht for sole use). If two persons share a cabin there is a 10% discount.  We can also offer a discount if clients book two or more weeks – contact us for more details.

We accept PAYPAL payments!Marine Leisure Asociation RYA Training Center TenerifeBritish Marine Federation RYA Vouchers accepted!

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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