RYA Tidal Coastal Skipper Practical Course

An advanced teaching/coaching course for yachtsmen and women who have considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation. During this advanced sailing course, we start to “hand over the reigns” and the decision making to you as skipper. Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and by night and handle the yacht and crew under more difficult situations. RYA Day Skipper Practical Certificate holders in any doubt regarding ability, may consider our Day Skipper “PLUS” skills course as a progressive step to Coastal Skipper level.

  • 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

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

Assumed Knowledge

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

Course Content

Preparing the yacht and crew for longer, more challenging passages

Expected Learning Outcome

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


From €995/pp (shared cabin for 2)


From €1090 (own cabin)


52 Weeks of the year, subject to availability 


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Coastal Skipper Practical course content

Consider practising these skills towards your Coastal Yachtmaster Exam later. Note: this certificate reduces the mileage requirement from 800NM to 400NM when applying for the Coastal Yachtmaster Exam! On successful completion of your RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Completion Certificate – Tidal, you will also receive an RYA certificate signed by the school Principal. Below is a list of the course content you will practice and “hone” by the end of your 6 day RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course with Canary Sail

Planning the passages
  • Your skills of navigation and planning the yacht for sea will be tested/ corrected
  • Customs procedures
  • Safety Equipment and briefing your crew
  • Prepare yacht and crew for more challenging passages
Pilotage planning
  • Prepare and execute a pilotage plan giving consideration to safety of boat and crew, both during the day and at night
Making passages and skipper ability
  • Skipper yacht and directing your crew
  • Consider weather trends
  • Crew welfare
  • Use of electronics to assist passage
Handle a yacht under power in wind and tide
Handle a yacht under sail in wind and tide
Tough weather
  • Heavy weather preparation and sailing
  • Navigation in fog or restricted visibility – without electronics!
Emergency procedures simulated
  • You will be required to deliver and demonstrate your understanding of elements of the Yacht Safety Brief to your crew and instructor.
  • MOB, lifeboat and helicopter rescue

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

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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

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

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