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!


Saloon berth €1150


Panel divided twin cabin berth €1150 pp


Single occupancy cabin €1280 (one person)


Double cabin €2200 (couple sharing)


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 

We will meet and welcome you at the San Miguel Marina in Tenerife and settle you onto your yacht. Ideally, you will start preparations and safety brief in the evening in preparation for an early start the following morning. You are then invited to join us for drinks to meet the team, your instructors and fellow students or crew who start their full week courses. 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 “WAZ” (Wind Acceleration Zone) 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 Las 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

Following further sailing, anchoring and general boat handling we finish back at our home port of San Miguel. Remember your accommodation on board this 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.

FAQs for Coastal Skipper "Plus" / Boat Handling Combi Skills Course

The RYA Boat Handling course is designed to improve your yacht handling and berthing skills in confined spaces, combined with general sailing skills practice. It prepares participants for confident manoeuvring in marinas and during coastal passages.

The course is suitable for Day Skippers, Coastal Skippers, and RYA Exam Prep candidates who wish to enhance their boat handling skills and gain more confidence in challenging conditions.

Participants will learn about tide, wind, windage, steerage, propwash, propwalk, pivot points, and slide. The course includes practical exercises in sail trim, yacht handling in confined spaces, and general sailing skills.

The course runs for 6 full days. Accommodation options include saloon berth, panel-divided twin cabin berth, single occupancy cabin, or a double cabin for a couple sharing.

The course provides hands-on experience in advanced boat handling techniques, preparing you for real-world sailing scenarios and enhancing your confidence and competence as a skipper.

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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

Postal Address:
Apartado de Correos 211
San Sebastián de la Gomera
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.

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