Avoid the classroom and sail for two weeks! Having studied your Day Skipper theory at home prior to arrival, week one you will complete your RYA Competent Crew practical and in week two, your instructor will assist you in understanding how to apply your theory knowledge and practice your new skills, passage plan, pilotage and skippering the yacht.
Please note: The RYA Day Skipper Theory certificate is not a strict prerequisite to take this course! However, you must have a good understanding of the navigational theory at Day Skipper level prior to your arrival!
2 Weeks (12 full days sailing)
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Basic navigation: Tidal heights, tidal streams, compass variation, course to Steer, passage planning, compass bearings, clearing bearings, 3 position fixes and knots. IRPCS
Week 1 – Competent Crew and intro to Day Skipper Practical
Week 2 - Day Skipper Practical course
Skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day
From €1545 (shared cabin)
From €1670 (own cabin)
52 Weeks of the year, subject to availability
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In order to complete the two week Day Skipper Practical Course with Canary Sail it is necessary to home study prior to your arrival. Although it is not a requirement to hold the Day Skipper Shore-based Course certificate prior to the practical course, your understanding of the theory side should already be at a point where you understand and are able to:
Your instructor will be available to refresh your existing knowledge during the course but there is insufficient time to teach these elements from scratch. Please contact us if you have any questions about your level of ability.
Below is a list of the course content you will understand by the end of your 6 day RYA Competent Crew course with Canary Sail
Below is a list of the course content you will understand by the end of your 6 day RYA Tidal Day Skipper Practical course with Canary Sail
We will meet and welcome you at your chosen base 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!
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 he harbour wall. This is to help you feel comfortable and (for some of you) familiar with your new surroundings on board
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
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!
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!
Leave the yacht at 09.30. Enjoy a day of rest before joining your second week.
In your second week with us your instructor will endeavour to plan for alternative routes and harbours.
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