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Course offered by Iván

5 days
Available in Spanish
The Day Skipper course teaches piloting, sailing, seamanship and boat handling up to the level required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day.

Key points
-Go from crew member to skipper.
-Navigation, short passages and some night navigation.
-Many docking and undocking practices in marinas.

Course completely on board, with all meals included. One of the RYA Instructors will work with you through the entire curriculum, covering everything you need to know to be a competent and helpful skipper on any future yacht you sail on.

A vacation training

Every day, you will sail to a new place, visiting the wonderful ports and anchorages of the Rías Baixas. You'll end each day both on dry land and in beautiful anchorages, and there's usually the chance to go ashore for a well-deserved beer and chat about the day's training.

In the best place to learn to sail. Las Rias are one of the best places to sail in the world, with its great variety of locations, protected waters, gentle tides and variety of scenery.
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  • Plan
    Preparation for the sea:
    Being able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, sail selection, lashing and stowage of all equipment on and below deck.

    Deck work:
    You can lower, reef and change sails to suit prevailing conditions.
    You can prepare an anchor, mooring lines, and take charge of the crew by mooring alongside, pulling up to a buoy, anchoring, and sailing.

    In Navigation:
    Be proficient in nautical chart work and backcountry navigation routines, including: Taking and plotting visual landmarks. Use electronic navigation equipment to fix position.
    Use of waypoints.
    Working up to DR and EP.
    Estimation of tidal heights and tidal currents.
    Determine course to steer to allow for tidal current, leeway and drift.
    Knowledge of IALA beaconing.
    Maintenance of navigation records.
    Use of echo sounder.

    You can prepare and execute a route plan for entering or leaving port.
    Understands the use of leading lines and oppositions.
    I use the probe as piloting aids.

    Know the sources of forecast information.
    Interpret forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid.

    Practical knowledge of International Regulations to Prevent Collisions at Sea.

    Maintenance and repair work:
    Understands and is able to perform maintenance tasks.
    Know the properties and uses of the common ends of synthetic fibers.

    He knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller, and bleed the fuel system.

    Understand how to provision a yacht.

    Emergency situations:
    He is capable of taking the correct measurements as a skipper for man overboard recovery.
    Understands the use of distress flares and how to use a life raft.
    You can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message.
    Understand how to secure a trailer.
    Understands rescue procedures, including helicopter rescue.

    Motor yacht handling:
    It can safely take a boat to and from a berth, mooring buoy, and anchor in various wind and tide conditions.
    You can steer and trim the sails effectively at all points of navigation.

    route plan:
    You can plan and conduct a coastal voyage, taking into account the relevant navigational hazards and the limitations imposed by the type of vessel and the strength of the crew.

    Night cruise:
    He has experienced sailing at night, including port entry and exit.
    Understands the special consideration of route plans, watching and identifying marks at night.

    Work efficiency is not affected/partially affected/severely affected by dizziness.

    Government and sailing:
    Understands the basics of sailing and can steer and trim sails at all points of sailing.
    You can follow a compass course, sailing and motoring.

    general duties:
    Has satisfactorily carried out general duties on deck and below deck in connection with the daily routine of the ship.

    Hours: Monday at 9:00 a.m. - Friday at 9:00 a.m.
    Duration: 5 days (Monday to Friday)
    Minimum of 2 students signed up to take the course.
    Periodicity: all year
    Ship: Grand Soleil 43
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Other information
90% of students sign up on their own, so these are great courses if you come alone. . It's a fun little group of like-minded people all working towards the same goal.

You can expect another 4 crew members on board, with a maximum of five students.
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Meet Iván, the coordinator
Verified professional skipper 10 reviews At Sailwiz since 2020
We are a nautical company with training and charter services. We teach all Spanish qualifications, RYA training center and non-regulated nautical training.
We have the most modern and equipped fleet in the Spanish Atlantic in a paradise for navigation that is only beginning to be known.
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Boat details

Our Grand Soleil 43 is one of the most renowned designs of the Cantiere del Pardo shipyard. A magnificent fast cruiser: fast, noble and solid ocean cruiser.

A classic that we keep in perfect condition and unmatched when it comes to enjoying sailing.

Complete equipment, air conditioning, heating, greater roller in hydranet,... B&G electronics renewed in 2023, etc...

With a capacity for 10 people, the boat is equipped with 3 double cabins, and 2 bathrooms.
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  • Model: Canteria del Pardo - Grand Soleil 43
  • Capacity: 10 spots
  • Length: 13.39 m
  • Cabins: 3
  • Year: 1998
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • GPS
  • Life jackets
  • VHF
  • Sounding line
  • Autopilot
  • Wind equipment
  • Tender
  • Shower

Additional Information

  • Insurance
  • Final cleaning
  • Costs of mooring and anchoring
  • Meals on board
  • Professional skipper
  • Gas
Not included
  • Food and drink on land
  • Travel to the boat
  • Certificates
Payment methods
  • Credit/debit card
  • Wire transfer

5 · 10 reviews

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    José Luis
    January of 2024
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    October of 2023
    In this case our boss was Daniel, not Iván. The experience was very good, the boats used were in very good condition and the person in charge of giving us the training showed a lot of experience and skills to transmit confidence and explain the maneuvers and operation of the equipment.
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    July of 2023
    First of all say that this trip is for people who are a little initiated in the art of navigation. I applied without experience, but despite everything I was accepted and welcomed into the group without any problem. In the end I enjoyed it and above all I learned a lot about coastal navigation, sails and the study of the wind. Thank you
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    June of 2023
    We did the internships with Dani, who has taught me a lot, the Catamaran was new and super careful, only 4 students went, also the luck of our colleagues who seemed to have known each other forever, a cabin for each one with what we have Wonderful state, the school of 10, I recommend it 1000x1000
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    April of 2023
    The experience has been totally positive at all levels. It has been an excellent weekend, Iván has taught us the most important keys for safe navigation, berthing techniques, anchoring, etc., as well as guiding you in planning trips and the best destinations to navigate. I recommend it 100%.
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  • Editor de fotos_Mhkjy0
    February of 2023
    Iván is at all times explaining to you and telling you to do the maneuvers, all the teachings are very didactic and useful and one absorbs all day, the course is very useful
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  • Start: 3 Jun. MTWThF from 09:00 to 18:00
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    850 €
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  • Start: 24 Jun. MTWThF from 09:00 to 18:00
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  • Start: 22 Jul. MTWThF from 09:00 to 18:00
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