Practical Course Joining Instructions

Practical Course Joining Instructions


Jolly Parrot Sailing

The Tower

Queensway Quay Marina




Thank you for choosing to sail with Jolly Parrot. We look forward to welcoming you onboard in Gibraltar.  To help you make the most of your course, please take a moment to read through the following information.


Contacting Jolly Parrot

Principal, Clive Dodd:                +44 7925 784407           

Admin, Jennie Dodd:                 +44 2380 970824



Course times

For Monday to Friday courses arrive Sunday 19:30hrs – Depart 16:30hrs Friday

For Wednesday to Sunday courses arrive Tuesday 19:30hrs – Depart 16:30hrs Sunday

For Day Skipper Fastrack arrive Friday 19:30hrs – Depart 16:30hrs Sunday

For Coastal Skipper Practical arrive Sunday 19:30hrs - Depart 16:30hrs Friday

For Combined Coastal arrive Monday 19:30hrs - Depart 16:30hrs Friday

When you arrive in Gibraltar please make your way to Queensway Quay Marina, where you will meet your Instructor. The meeting point is the Lounge restaurant located on the quayside in the marina at 19:30hrs.

If your arrival is delayed, please call us on the above number.


How to find us

Flight information

Many airlines fly to Gibraltar airport which is a 5-10 minute taxi ride from Queensway Quay Marina. You can also fly to Malaga airport and catch a bus or taxi (approx 150€) to Gibraltar.

What to bring

Your training yacht will be comfortable and equipped with all necessary safety equipment, waterproofs, bedding and towels. For your comfort please bring sensible comfortable clothing. Hard suitcases cannot be stored on board so please pack your clothes in a soft holdall.


Please note: A passport size photo (with your name on the back) is required for the Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper Certificates. Certificates cannot be issued without this.


In addition to your usual clothing we recommend packing:

  • Sunglasses
  • Passport
  • Quick dry trousers for sailing (not jeans)
  • Sun cream
  • Deck shoes or soft soled trainers
  • Sun hat / cap
  • Euros / Sterling
  • Personal medicines
  • Clothing for trips ashore
  • Long sleeve top (sun protection)


Please note that in the winter and at times in the summer months it can still get cold when at sea so ensure some warm clothes are packed.

Theory Courses

Novice to Day skipper, Fastrack Day Skipper and Coastal Combined all include theory instruction in the classroom.  You will need to bring a notepad, pencil and pen with you.  Alternatively, we can provide a Theory Handipack for £10.  This is available from your Instructor on your first day in the classroom.

RYA Logbook & recommended reading

All students should have an RYA Sail Cruising Logbook (G158). These are available to buy on arrival at Jolly Parrot for £10. 

We also recommend the RYA Competent Crew  / Day Skipper practical course notes book. These are available to buy from

Jolly Parrot on arrival for £15.

Additional Expenses

Flights, transfers and travel insurance are not included in your course costs. Most students prefer to eat ashore in the evenings, so you will also need to purchase some meals.

What currency does Gibraltar use?

The official currency is the Gibraltar Pound (GIP), however UK notes and coins are also accepted and have the same value. Please note that Gibraltar Pounds are not accepted in the UK. You will be spending some of your time in Spain or Morocco so please take Euro’s with you. Cash machines are available in most ports during your course.

Where will we sail to?

Our sailing courses start and finish in Gibraltar and visit some beautiful and historic towns and ports along the coast. Overnight stops will be in neighbouring ports in Spain and Morocco.          

Will I sleep on board overnight?

Yes, our sailing courses are fully residential and bedding is provided, as are towels. Sleeping on board is all part of the adventure of yachting and is also part of the course.

Are there toilet & showering facilities on board?

Our training yachts are equipped with a shower and toilet. Every evening involves an overnight stop at a marina which provides these facilities ashore.

Do I need travel insurance?

We recommend that you take out a Travel Insurance policy that covers sailing. These companies offer policies that include sailing:

Topsail Insurance: 01273 573 727

Bishop Skinner: 0800 783 8057

I’m arriving early can I leave my bags somewhere?

Bags can be left at the Jolly Parrot office, next to the facilities block at the marina. If you wish to store your bags, call us when you arrive and we will let you know the security code to gain access to the office.


If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We can't wait to meet you!