Sailing Holidays

RYA sail training holidays in Gibraltar.

Year round sailing at the gateway to the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, Gibraltar offers exciting opportunities to cruise the Spanish Costa del Sol and visit Morocco.

RYA courses are offered through RYA Recognised Training centre Rock Sailing in Gibraltar, which offers a full range of RYA practical, live aboard courses from Marina Bay Complex, just 5 minutes from the airport.

The sailing in and around the Straits of Gibraltar presents a challenging, yet safe, year-round training area with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. The wind is usually between Force 4-5 with only rare extremes occurring during the winter months. During the course you will be sailing one of their teaching yachts from 36' to 40'. Students are limited to 5 per yacht to allow optimal teaching conditions.

All courses follow the RYA syllabus but are not suitable for children under 12. Certificates are awarded at the end of the week to those pupils who meet all the requirements of the courses.

RYA Competent Crew & Day Skipper Practical course


1 Feb- 31 Dec     £595/person.

RYA Coastal Skipper course


1 Feb- 31 Dec   £650/person.

Includes breakfast, lunch & 2 evening meals.
Price based on 2 people sharing a double cabin.
Single students who would like their own cabin pay £100 supplement.
Flights and airport transfers not included.

Course runs: 17.00 Sunday - 09.00 Saturday with 6 nights onboard

NEW! RYA Express Day Skipper course

Achieve RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper Practical in just 9 days


Course runs once a month Feb - Dec      £945/person

Includes breakfast on 4 days of theory + breakfast, lunch & 2 evening meals on 5 days practical course.
Price based on 2 people sharing a double cabin.
Single students who would like their own cabin pay £100 supplement.
Flights and airport transfers not included.

Course runs: 09.00 Saturday (accommodation on Friday evening provided)- 17.00 Sunday.

FLIGHTS TO GIBRALTAR: Flights & airport transfers not included. Scheduled flights to Gibraltar daily from Gatwick and Luton. Please ring for latest flight availability and prices. Airport transfers in Gibraltar 5 mins, £5/taxi each way.

RYA Competent Crew Practical Course

A 5-day course for the complete beginner. This is where you will find out what sailing and life aboard a sailing yacht is all about. No prior knowledge is required and the aim of the course is to turn you into a valuable and useful crew member.

Suggested pre-course experience: None
Assumed knowledge: None 
Minimum duration: 5 days
Course content: Basic seamanship and helmsmanship
Ability after course: By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines on board.

RYA Day Skipper Practical Sailing Course

This 5-day course is suitable for most people, the next step up from Competent Crew and your first experience of being the Skipper...the person in charge. You will need to have either completed the Day Skipper shore-based course or have a good knowledge of basic navigation to this level. You will learn to handle the yacht, navigate and make both operational and tactical decisions - all under the watchful eye of your instructor. Mistakes are frequent but an essential part of the learning process. Very much a 'hands-on' course, where everyone gets a go and everyone learns.

Suggested pre-course experience: 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht.
Assumed knowledge: Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended that you attend the Day Skipper theory course before taking this practical course.
Minimum duration: 5 days
Course content: Pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation.
Ability after course: Can skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Sailing Course

A 5-day course for the more advanced sailor who has both completed the shore based Coastal Skipper course and possesses both practical sailing skills to at least Day Skipper level and has some experience.' You will learn to use more advanced navigational techniques and "manage" the yacht on slightly longer passages. It is also possible to be examined at this level.

Suggested pre-course experience: 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours
Assumed knowledge: Boat handling to the standard of the Day Skipper practical sail cruising course and navigation to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory course.
Minimum duration: 5 days
Course content: Passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations
Ability after course: Skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

RYA courses are offered through RYA Recognised Training centre Rock Sailing.


"Everything ran really smoothly on our trip to the Saronic last week. the staff were really helpful and the boat clean and well equipped. We had the most fabulous trip, went to some really beautiful places, each different from the other and did a lot of fantastic snorkelling. "
Athens 2014 - N.T.


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