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Course content

This course is an introduction to sailing and seamanship.
This is a great course for those new to sailing yachts who would like a good introduction, see how they handle and complete some short trips.
This is very much a hands-on course with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects. It introduces complete beginners to saling and teaches basic boat handling, safety, seamanship, an introduction to engine maintenance and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of the crew of a sailing yacht.
Notes: We also offer this two day course one of the options on our “Boat Tapas” week (other options are Diving, Motor Cruising Helmsman’s course, 2 day Powerboat Level 2 course)
The duration of the course is two days, and you will return to the base marina each night.

Pre-course experience


Assumed knowledge


Ability after course

You will be able to steer a yacht, handle rope work, sail a basic course and be aware of safety onboard. You may find you're a natural and hooked for life.

Notes: Please note that there is no minimum age for this course, but you will need an ability to understand sailing terminology and a willingness to learn. This course can be run along side a Day Skipper, or Coastal Skipper, course and is perfect for the partner, or under 16’s, who do not wish to do to much.


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

Suggested itinerary

This is a two day course which comes back to the base marina every night. It is often run in conjunction with the Competent Crew course. You spend the two days getting familiar with the boat and explore the anchorages away from the beaten track around Tenerife.


This two day course starts at 10:00 on day one and finishes at 18:00 on the second day unless it is combined with our boat tapas week – contact us for more details

Minimum duration

2 days tuition

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 / 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
  • 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