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Day Skipper Practical

RYA Sail Cruising Scheme

Why Atlantic Sailing

Our base in Marina Lanzarote Arrecife provides the best training grounds for a RYA Day Skipper course in the Canary Islands:

  • Our Marina offers plenty of room to practice parking and boat-handing in confined spaces.

  • The Marina is nestled within the port of Arrecife, which is a commercial port and has enough traffic to give students a more diverse experience.

  • Going out to sea and coming back in port requires a well planned and executed pilotage plan.

  • The marinas we will visit: Puerto Calero, Puerto del Carmen, Marina Rubicon and various anchorages are all close by. Maximum 2-hour passages, which leaves plenty of time to practice sailing and manoeuvring skills.

  • Our instructors will set up a clear and well-structured teaching environment. They will motivate and coach you; you won't be assessed. They will not only teach you the skills, but also empower you to use them effectively, for which our process management approach is a great and proven effective tool. Eventually it is Seamanship we are looking for.

  • The seas and winds are moderate all year around, and yes, we also do sunshine all year around.

For more information, click here to download the RYA Sail Cruising Scheme layout.

Course Description

A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn't.

Before this course, if you are not sure that your sailing is up to speed, a good way to learn is on an RYA Level 2 dinghy course. This will teach you to sail around a course and control the boat's speed. 

Pre-course experience

5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht.

Assumed knowledge

Theory to the level of Day Skipper. Basic navigation and helmsmanship.

It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shore-based course beforehand.

Minimum duration

5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours.

Minimum age requirement

16 years old

Maximum Student:Instructor ratio at Atlantic Sailing


Course content

Preparation for sea, deck work, navigation, pilotage, seamanship, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualing, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising.

Ability after course

Able to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.

Price for 6 days/7 nights on board:

Euro 1.250 per person based on your own private cabin.

If you're two (a couple or friends) sharing a cabin, we offer a 5% Cabin Sharing discount.

Book 2 weeks of training (e.g. Pre-Day Skipper & Day Skipper Practical, or Day Skipper Practical & Day Skipper PLUS) and get a 5% discount.

Book 3 Weeks and get a 7% discount.

Please feel free to email me at for further information or if you would like to discuss your training.

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