What is the RYA Helmsman course?

The RYA Helmsman's course is a perfect course for complete beginners. It is a very practical course and is designed to teach you the skills needed to take a more active role in running the boat.

The skills learnt are perfect for family members and friends who wish to assist the Day Skipper. You will learn about basic navigation, steering the boat and also about safety.

Pre-course experience and assumed knowledge

This course is designed for complete beginners, and those who now wish to take a more active role on board the motor yacht.

Minimum duration

The RYA recommends that this course is run over a minimum of 2 days.

Ability after course

This course is designed to teach you about coming into a berth and leaving one, in straightforward situations as well as an understanding of boat handling at sea and general seamanship.


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

Can the RYA Helmsman training be combined with any other course?

Yes it can! The course can be:

  • Combined with RYA Day Skipper Motor - so complete beginners can gain there Day Skipper licence at the end of a 6 day course. (Please note that you will need to learn theory to RYA Day Skipper theory level prior to the course - therefore we recommend that you study your theory before you join us.
  • Run alongside either the 4 day Day Skipper Motor Masterclass course or our 6 day Day Skipper Motor course


Which ever option of course you choose we ask you to arrive on a Friday.

Notes: Because of our location you have the advantage that you normally arrive in our marina within 15 minutes of collecting your bags.

If you are just doing the RYA Helmsman course then the course will finish at 18:00 on the second day. If you are combining it with a Day Skipper Motor Masterclass over 4 days or or a Day Skipper course over a week we ask you to get off the yacht at 10:00 on the day after your course finishes 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 ; and Sea Survival

As usual with Club Yachting the following is included

  • A client instructor ratio of 4:1;
  • Tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • Your own berth;
  • Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and towels – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own (only provided for courses of 3 days duration or more);
  • Light weight waterproofs – just in case;
  • Food and drink on board – including a including a glass of wine, or a beer after a days sailing;
  • All mooring fees;
  • Fuel (no one likes 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 radio that that can be connected to an iPad on the boat and a DVD player on the yacht, so please bring with you a DVD or two if you wish;
  • 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.

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