Coastal Skipper "Plus" / Boat Handling Combi Skills Course

For those wishing to gain additional, dedicated boat handling and berthing skills in confined spaces combined with sailing skills practice. This course is also offered during every week preceding a Yachtmaster Preparation and Exam Week for those wishing to gain more confidence in this important area leading to their assessment.


1 week (6 full days sailing)

Assumed Knowledge
Assumed Knowledge

Level: Day Skippers, Coastal Skippers and RYA Exam Prep candidates

Course Content
Course Content

Understand prop wash, prop walk, windage and slide whilst berthing and un-berthing the yacht Improved yacht handling skills in confined spaces

Expected Learning Outcome
Expected Learning Outcome

The Skipper learns to handle the yacht and the family/group to crew and maybe gain their RYA Competent Crew certificates!


From €1095/pp (shared cabin for 2)


From €1190 (own cabin)


52 Weeks of the year, subject to availability

Book Links
Book Links

RYA Introduction to Boat Handling for Sail and Power

For those clients wishing to study the book before you arrive, books can be purchased online prior to your arrival. Alternatively they can be purchased at our school when you arrive. 


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Boat Handling / Coastal Skipper "Plus" Skills course content

Below is a list of the course content you will understand by the end of your 6 day Boat Handling Course with Canary Sail

  • Tide
  • Wind and Windage
  • Steerage & Propwash
  • Propwalk
  • Pivot Points
  • Slide
  • Sail trim
  • Combined with General Sailing Skills out of the marina

Typical Itinerary for Week

Day 1 – (Saturday – 17.00)

We will meet and welcome you and settle you onto your yacht. You are then invited to join us all for drinks to meet the team, your instructors and fellow students or crew. You will be made very welcome by the Canary Sail team and we can advise the best restaurants for you to sample!

Day 2

After the initial safety briefing, you will learn the ropes, be shown how to prepare the boat for departure and almost always be taken out for an introductory sail in the wind acceleration zone (WAZ) just off the harbour wall. This is to help you feel comfortable and (for some of you) familiar with your new surroundings on board.

Day 3

Instruction on boat handling in and around the marina before making the first
passage normally through the Wind acceleration zone (WAZ) to Marina Los
Galletas, situated close by, or to San Sebastián, la Gomera. Here you will moor the
boat in ideal conditions and be ready to relax before heading off for dinner in one
of the many restaurants or bars available.

Day 4/5/6

The schedule for these days will depend on what you hope to achieve during the
course, the level you are working towards and the winds. We aim to sail South or
North of La Gomera to Vueltas or Valle Gran Rey on the west of the island. The
Northern route takes us through no less than 2 more of our WAZ zones thus
almost ensuring you of great sailing in superb conditions on all points of sail! This
fishing harbour is a more rustic location offering a wide variety of foods from local
fish to international cuisine, experiencing the sunset from this charming habour.
The WAZ zone situated just north of Vueltas serves us with ideal training
conditions for sailing exercises during the following day. You may then depart
Vueltas and complete your circumnavigation of La Gomera calling into Santiago, a
beautiful fishing village, either for the evening or as a set-off point for the
highlight of your week – The Night Sail to San Sebastian La Gomera! Alternatively
an early morning sail back to South Tenerife.

Day 7

Further sailing, anchoring and general boat handling we finish back at your base in the afternoon where we begin the de-briefing, clean-up and issuing of your certificates. The course ends at around 4pm. Remember – your accommodation on the last evening is also included!

Day 8

Leave the yacht at 09.00 latest please for your return home or to continue your holiday in Tenerife. Please see our stay page for accommodation.

Exclusive Course Yacht option for couples, families or groups on 36 to 50ft cruise yachts – now also including our Lagoon 38 C2 Catamaran option!

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A wide range of practical and theory courses offered all year round

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Choose from a variety of sail cruises around the Canary Islands and beyond

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From Bareboat to skippered charter, we have an option to suit your needs

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Recommended accommodation options in La Gomera and Tenerife

Get in Touch

Phone any time on our UK Divert No. (UK call cost): 0044 1252 837648
Phone (USA): 001 855 866-5566
Phone (Spain): 0034 922 141 967

Company Address:
Marina San Miguel
Urbanizacion Amarilla Golf
San Miguel de Abona
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Islas Canarias

Office opening hours:


Tuesday-Friday: 08.30-15.30

Calls diverted outside of office hours, excluding Mondays. Please send us an email and your enquiry will be dealt with promptly.

Office opening hours:
Tuesday-Friday 08.30-15.30

Calls diverted outside of office hours, excluding Mondays. Please send us an email and your enquiry will be dealt with promptly.

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