Coastal Skipper "Plus" Practical Skills Course

Bridge the gap between your Coastal Skipper Practical and the RYA/MCA Coastal Yachtmaster preparation and Exam. You have learned to skipper a yacht in more challenging conditions by day and night and to pilot your yacht and crew safely into and out of shelter. Build on those skills, gaining further experience and confidence.

  • full 6 days with 4:1 or (larger yacht) 5:1 client to instructor ratio
  • You get your own cabin! No-one shares unless by choice when booking
  • You learn to sail and berth a clean, modern yacht of between 36ft to 40ft

1 week (6 full days sailing)

Pre Course Experience
Pre Course Experience

Navigation to Coastal/Yachtmaster theory & sailing to a good Day Skipper standard

Assumed Knowledge
Assumed Knowledge

15 days seatime, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles and 8 hours of night sailing

Course Content
Course Content

Preparing the yacht and crew for longer, more challenging passages

Expected Learning Outcome
Expected Learning Outcome

Skipper a yacht on coastal and offshore passages by day and by night


From €1095/pp (shared cabin for 2)


From €1190 (own cabin)


52 Weeks of the year, subject to availability

Book Links
Book Links

RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Notes
Yachtmaster for Sail and Power (Only available through Amazon)
Yachtmaster Exercises for Sail and Power (Only available through Amazon)
RYA Sail Cruising and Yachtmaster Scheme – Syllabus and Logbook

For those clients wishing to study the book before you arrive, books can be purchased online prior to your arrival.Please note, we do not supply any books that are purchased through Amazon . 


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Coastal Skipper Plus course content

Below is a list of the course content you will understand by the end of your 6 day Coastal Skipper “Plus” course with Canary Sail.

Coastal Skipper Plus – Passage making
  • Minimum of one 60 NM qualifying passage towards your MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Exam
  • Crew welfare, victualing and hygiene on board
  • Sail setting and trimming sails
  • Theory revision on any topics of your choosing
Coast Skipper Plus – Boat Handling
  • Theory revision on any topics of your choosing
  • New and useful MOB techniques/practice
  • Sailing onto/off anchor and mooring buoys
  • Advanced pilotage techniques (fog and night navigation)
  • Securing a tow (when circumstances allow)
  • Rafting up to another boat
  • “Rudderless” steering

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 Gigantes situated on the northwest of Tenerife. 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. Los Gigantes is a perfect set off point for your next destination.

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 around the north of La Gomera to Vueltas or Valle Gran Rey on the west of the island. This 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 Moroccan 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!

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 on La Gomera or 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

Postal Address:
Apartado 211,
Calle Del Medio, 38800,
San Sebastian de La Gomera,
Islas Canarias, Spain

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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