RYA Coastal Skipper in the Canaries
The RYA Coastal Skipper is a six day course designed to teach students to assume full responsibility for the yacht by day and night over extended passages.
This course is an ideal bridge between the Day Skipper course and the full RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal examination course. Students should ideally have attained their Day Skipper Practical or have the necessary experience and passed the Yachtmaster Theory course.
The Coastal Skipper course concentrates on navigation, night pilotage, man overboard recovery techniques and practical meteorology. Students will take turns in skippering the yacht over extended passages during which they will assume responsibility for passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea, boat handling and watch keeping.
The course will start with a get to know your crew and complementary drinks on Saturday evening. It will finish about 4 pm on the Friday, after boat cleaning and individual debriefings. You will depart 'Merlin' by 10:00 Saturday for your return trip home or perhaps to continue your holiday in Tenerife.
Students can opt to take an additional exam to achieve the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate (additional exam fee payable directly to examiner).
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Course Duration One week (Saturday to Saturday) Previous Experience 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles and 8 hours of night sailing.
If you need to gain more experience or log more tidal miles, consider joining one of our 'plus' courses. Ideally students will have also attained their VHF/SRC and first aid certificates.
Assumed Knowledge Navigation to Coastal/Yachtmaster theory and sailing to a good Day Skipper standard. Course Content Preparing the yacht and crew for longer, more challenging passages including heavy weather, sailing on/off buoys and anchor, sailing to recover an MOB, navigation in fog. Experience Gained Skipper a yacht on coastal and offshore passages by day or by night. NOTE: this certificate reduces the mileage requirement from 800NM to 400NM when applying for the Coastal Yachtmaster Exam!
Preparation for Sea
- Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including:
- Undertake engine checks.
- Selection of sails.
- Securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below.
- Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation, victualing, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights, and tidal streams, publications required and strategy
- Know Customs procedures
- Can prepare and implement a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from a harbour
- Understands the use of leading and clearing lines, buoyage, port or harbour regulations
- Use of transits and surroundings as aids to pilotage
- Can pilot a yacht by day and night
Passage making and ability as skipper
- Can take charge of the yacht and direct the crew
- Can organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a yacht on a passage
- Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends
- Is aware of crew welfare on the passage
- Can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage including the use of waypoints and routes
Yacht handling under power
- Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power
- All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
Yacht Handling Under Sail
- Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space
- Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide
- Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing
Adverse weather conditions
- Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds
- Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility
- Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard.
- Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft.
- Can operate a DSC VHF in an emergency and send a distress message.
- Understands how to secure a tow.
- Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue.
NOTE: Sailing itinerary is weather permitting and we reserve the right to change the destinations and order for your safety.
Day 1 - Saturday
You will be met at the marina by your skipper. There will be welcome drinks on board to meet your fellow sailing crew and we will advise the best restaurants for you to try.
Day 2 - Sunday
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 a short distance off the coast from the marina. This is to help you feel comfortable and (for some of you) familiar with your new surroundings on board.
Day 3 - Monday
Instruction on boat handling in and around the marina before making the first short passage normally through the Wind Zone (ensuring you will sail!) to explore the coast Tenerife.
Day 4/5/6 - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday
The schedule for these days will depend on crew development, the level you are working at and the winds. We aim to sail to San Sebastian on La Gomera on a route that takes us through two WAZ Zones thus almost ensuring you of great sailing in superb conditions on all points of sail. The WAZ zone situated between La Gomera and Tenerife provides us with ideal training conditions for sailing exercises during the following day. We normally end up in Marina Los Gigantes situated on the northwest of Tenerife. Here you will be ready to relax maybe in one of the many bars before heading off for dinner in one of the equally many restaurants available. The highlight of your week - The Night Sail to Marina San Miguel on the south coast of Tenerife!
Day 7 - Friday
Further sailing, anchoring and general boat handling we finish back at our base on Friday afternoon where we begin the de-briefing, cleanup and issuing of your certificates. Finally the course ends at about 4 pm after which you may wish to freshen up in preparation for drinks followed by dinner together with the rest of the crew and instructor - a popular event which can all too often find us night capping till late! Remember - your accommodation after the course on the Friday night is also included!
Day 8 - Saturday
Depart 'Merlin' at 10:00 by the latest for your return trip home or perhaps to continue your holiday in Tenerife.
Included in your course
- RYA qualified instructor/skipper
- 7 nights accommodation on 'Merlin'
- Fresh sheets, duvets, pillows and towels
- Breakfast and lunch with coffee and tea
- Safety gear including auto life jacket and safety harness
- Marina fees and diesel
- Welcome drinks on arrival
Next Step: After completing the Coastal Skipper course it is really important to consolidate what you have learnt by completing some more sea miles. This could be achieved by joining us for a Canary Islands Cruise or complete a Short Ocean Passage and really put those skills into practice on our extended Ocean Passages .
- Flights & transfers.
- Meals and drink ashore.
- Travel and Medical Insurance.
- Wet weather gear (rarely needed in the Canaries!)