Coastal Skipper (Motor) Tidal

Course content

Pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation. Use of the equipment on board the yacht, rules of the road and meteorology.

Notes: RYA Coastal Skipper courses can be taken in either sail or motor yachts, and in tidal or non-tidal waters. Due to our location all our courses are tidal, and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

This course is designed for those who have already got experience with a Motor Yacht, but wish to expand their knowledge levels. You will visit other marinas, and will gain some night cruising experience whilst experiencing entering and leaving different harbours. During the course there is plenty of time for the all important boat handling to ensure that you feel comfortable handling the motor boat in more advanced situations.

The Coastal Skipper (Motor) course is very much a hands-on course with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects. It is therefore recommended that you take the RYA Yachtmaster 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 course which covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of the Coastal Skipper course. An alternative option is to complete your Day Skipper Theory course by self study or correspondence course – ask us for more details.

On the RYA Coastal Skipper Motor course you will be spending six days and seven nights on board the yacht visiting the beautiful areas of the Canaries away from the beaten track.

Pre-course experience

The RYA recommends the following experience:

We also suggest:

  • knowledge of RADAR - we offer a one day RYA RADAR course
  • a VHF (SRC) licence - join us on the day before your Coastal Skipper Practical course and complete the VHF (SRC) course

Ability after course

You will be competent to skipper a motor yacht in tidal waters on coastal and offshore passages


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


We run this course over 6 days to give you plenty of time to practise the skills, ratehr than the RYA recommended 5 days.

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.

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

As usual with Club Yachting the following is 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;
  • 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 late 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.

Must 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 board that can connect to iPODS and iPHONEs on the boat so please bring some music with you
  • 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 online or from your local post office.
  • 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.

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). Please give it back to us on the Thursday evening.

Course prices