Atlantic Islands Sail Training Centre (AISTraC) Gran Canaria Canary Islands
Atlantic Islands Sail Training Centre (AISTraC) Gran Canaria Canary Islands Yacht charter Gran Canaria Canary Islands

What our clients are saying about us

Focus on what really matters

Added by: Massimo Casoni from Groningen, Netherlands
I've attended a Day Skipper theoretical course on June 2018, at AISTraC: Amazing experience! The main difficulty is the huge amount of information that Keith transfers in a few hours, and some of them are not just 'notions', but they require some att... Read more»»

Sailing lore

Added by: Eamonn Washington from , Ireland
Keith has a lifelong sailing experience and a colourful past, so he often has amusing anecdotes that makes learning fun and reinforces whatever is being learnt. I enjoyed the relaxed learning atmosphere with Keith for the 2 weeks, as well as the co... Read more»»

great week

Added by: Claus Oepp from San Bartolomé de tirajana, Spain
Earlier this year I participated in a week for a "day skipper training". Keith is a very good, patient teacher. Good sense of humor and always relaxed. We learned on a great yacht, no unnecessary luxury, so you can concentrate on the essent... Read more»»

great week

Added by: Mika Tikka from Kintaus, Finland
As a sailing novice I contacted Aistrac to get more sailing experience and confidence, while having a holiday with my family. The Day Skipper course really delivered this, thanks to the solid professional teaching from Keith Riley. He was also very f... Read more»»

Non-confident Day Skipper to Aspiring Yachtmaster Offshore

Added by: Natalie J Mansfield from Playa de Arinaga, Gran Canaria, Spain
I approached Atlantic Islands Training Centre (Aistrac) in January 2017 to see if the school and the instructor could help me go from a non-confident RYA Day Skipper to a very confident RYA Offshore Yachtmaster Skipper. I can say with bags of confid... Read more»»

Non-confident Day Skipper to Aspiring Yachtmaster Offshore

Special School - Special Place

Added by: Riccardo Pettenò from Venice, Italy
Keith is a real sea man teacher that decided to install his school in a beautiful paradise, on earth as on the sea. After several experiences, with also two atlantic crossing, I discovered that was enough to sail just few miles longcoast with him in ... Read more»»

Excellent learning experience

Added by: Maria Grazia Coggiola from torino, Italy
I have been with Keith two weeks in the lovely port of Mogan. I have improved a lot my sailing skills and I have learned for the first time how to use the nautical chart and compass bearings. Keith is a great instructor with a vaste experience, passi... Read more»»

Added by: Andy Douglas from UK, United Kingdom
Thanks Keith for teaching me the basics of sailing. I attended the course with zero knowledge of how to sail and left knowing the basics (although still a long way to go). The whole experience is brilliant, getting the opportunity to stay on the boat... Read more»»

Yachtmaster offshore bestanden

Added by: Dr. Thomas Bambach from Regensburg, Germany
Ich habe viele Meilen in nordeuropäischen Gewässern, Schottland und England sowie im Mittelmehr zurückgelegt und viele Kursbausteine zum YM offshore absolviert. Dann stiess ich auf Aistrac - Keith Riley ist zu bescheiden, um über seine grossartig... Read more»»

Yachtmaster offshore bestanden

Yachtmaster exam passed thanks Aistrac

Added by: Dr. Thomas Bambach from Regensburg, Germany
I have sailed many miles throughout Europe in the last years and attended courses leading to the YM offshore, but with Keith and his boat Kinetic it is something special: He is too modest to speak about all his experiences, but by the time you learn ... Read more»»

Yachtmaster exam passed  thanks Aistrac

Great Week fun and learning

Added by: Grant Williamson from Essex, UK, United Kingdom
I've just come back from doing my Day Skipper Practical with AISTRAC and would highly recommend to anyone. Keith and Angela made organising my course a pain free experience with clear and friendly communication. A couple of friends came with me, one... Read more»»

Added by: Andrea Ippolito from Passirano, Italy
Me and my wife came in Mogan spent a wonderful week sailing with Kinetic, a wonderful 38’ yacht, together with another couple. We left Mogan with a day skipper and a Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of competence and this wouldn’t have been possi... Read more»»

Great Preparation; Highly Recommended

Added by: Michael Fourman from Edinburgh, United Kingdom
I came with my partner, and left with a competent crew and a positive indication from the examiner for my Yachtmaster Offshore. We shared five days tuition and two days of YM exam with another couple (YM Offshore and Day Skipper - both successful). ... Read more»»

Big thank you!

Added by: Mónica P-S from Madrid, Spain
It has been an amazing 5 day course where I couldn't have asked for more. Keith is a fantastic captain, full of knowledge and stories, very patient and a great teacher. Hopefully I have the chance very soon of going down for another course and getti... Read more»»

Brilliant confidence builder

Added by: Lorna from Bedford, United Kingdom
We've just had two days on board Kinetic with Keith, having not sailed for too many years.... He seemed to know immediately what we would and would not know and pushed us both to do just a little more than we were comfortable with constantly so we go... Read more»»


Added by: Robert McAdie from London, United Kingdom
My son aged 12 and I just completed our Competent Crew and Coastal Skipper courses respectively with Keith this last week. We had all kinds of weather from sunny days with light breeze to force 6-7 rain squalls with heavy seas. Throughout this proce... Read more»»

Day Skipper and Competent Crew

Added by: Dr John Ashcroft from Liverpool, United Kingdom
After a not too pleasant experience of a course in Gibralter I was a little apprehensive about taking my Day Skipper again. I arrived with two good friends Dan, a dinghy sailor, and Roy, completely new to the sport. By the end of the week we were al... Read more»»

Exceptional Tuition !

Added by: Martin Dunne from , United Kingdom
I was lucky enough to sail with Keith for a whole week in May 2016, and to my amazement gained my full Day Skipper and VHF/SRC licenses. My accomplishments are in no small part down to the time and knowledge that Keith shared with me. His patience an... Read more»»

Added by: John from Sunderland, United Kingdom
Sailing with AISTraC was a really great experience. Idyllic conditions, coupled with expert tuition made for a thoroughly enjoyable and productive week. The wealth of experience Keith has meant that I was able to improve my knowledge and skills, al... Read more»»

Added by: David from Liverpool, United Kingdom
Having sailed in South Africa, Gibraltar and Tenerife with various sailing schools I have to say that AISTrac were the best for me. In terms of knowledge and patience they were excellent. Reasonably priced flights,fantastic marinas and a skipper who ... Read more»»

Great professional school

Added by: Andrew from London, United Kingdom
Thanks Keith and Angela - great week I took the coastal skipper course: - AisTRAC office was very professional and answered all my questions promptly and thoroughly - Great boat to train on (built by Keith) - No matter how much you know about sail... Read more»»

the real RYA tuition - with a real lifelong skipper

Added by: Giuseppe Assisi from Padova, Italy
I received most of my sailing tuition in Canary Islands in the AISTRAC RYA school , on the purpose of setting good roots for further experiences in yachting . I was an almost total newbie ( did sail in Italy for just two weeks ) when I met Keith and ... Read more»»

Added by: Shiona from Las Palmas, Spain
Keith has the patience of a saint! He was very thorough in the chartwork and navigation. His demonstrations were outstanding. I loved the course. Office support excellent through booking service, greeting and throughout the course - research undertak... Read more»»

Added by: Rachel & Jim from Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Many thanks again for a lovely week and for Keith’s knowledge and patience!... Read more»»

Professional training, Beautiful location

Added by: Michael Sequeira from Guildford, United Kingdom
Myself and my partner spent a week on Kinetic as part of our Day Skippers. Keith provided a structured and progressive learning environment. We had a few challenging days with the weather (little wind), but Keith ensured we were constantly learning ... Read more»»

Professional training, Beautiful location

Great times on Kinetic

Added by: Rob Martineau from London, United Kingdom
I have spent two great weeks aboard Kinetic with Keith. The first was to do my day skipper and last year I returned for a mile builder week. Keith has a very relaxed style of teaching, and few well timed 'suggestions' from him kept me and the boat fr... Read more»»

Fantastic day skipper week

Added by: Hannah from Manchester, United Kingdom
I had a fantastic week with Keith in April 2015 on the day skipper practical course. I left the course feeling much more confident, more knowledgeable of sailing techniques and very excited to book my next trip. Keith is a great teacher with a wealth... Read more»»

Fantastic day skipper week

Added by: Alan from , United Kingdom
Very proud of my RYA Comp Crew Certificate achieved with Aistrac over the Christmas period. Keith's laid back approach combined with his many years of sailing experience all round the world on a boat built by himself was the perfect combination for m... Read more»»

Learn, Relax and enjoy!

Added by: Johnny Lindholm from Arguineguin, Spain
Excellent School under the Sun, in a relaxed envirnment with Keith that is calm and full of knowledge. Make it as a part of you vacation and learn something new while you have fun! Defenitely higly recomended. I will be going back for pleasure sailin... Read more»»


Added by: Claire from London, United Kingdom
I just thought I'd let you know that when we were coming back from racing last weekend I overheard the skipper and owner saying how foredeck had saved their bacon getting the jib tied on so quickly when we had to switch the side the jib was on. I did... Read more»»


Added by: Tricia Morrison from , United Kingdom
You can't buy experience but you can learn from Keith's. I spent 6 weeks sailing with Keith in 2011. With his patient teaching I was able to take on responsibilities and reach goals that I hadn't thought possible. Kinetic, the main teaching yacht, i... Read more»»

Astro plus

Added by: Christian from , United Kingdom
Good weather, good sailing, and learning a lot. Is anything better?... Read more»»

Day Skipper course

Added by: Rob Martineau from , United Kingdom
Rob We had a great week doing our Day Skipper course with Aistrac, on Kinetic! Keith has a brilliant sense of humour and is great fun to sail with. What he doesn't know about sailing really isn't worth knowing! I would highly recommend anyone to sai... Read more»»

First charter experience

Added by: Tim & Kasia from , United Kingdom
We just had our first self charter short handed on an Oceanis 365 using everything Keith taught us to stay happy and safe. Came back in one piece and moored up nicely thanks to our Aistrac training! Thanks so much!... Read more»»

Day Sail

Added by: Alan Holey from London, United Kingdom
Had a great day on Kinetic with Keith, and Agna and Marius who we're doing their 5 day competent crew course, something I will be doing when I have the time to fit it in ... Read more»»

Great people

Added by: Leo Hoogma from Beerta, Netherlands
Although I never been sailing with AISTraC yet (it's still on my bucket list), I have a great experience with Keith and Angela. They are a wonderful couple, very friendly a very patient. Keith is a true skipper with a huge amount of experience.... Read more»»

Great people

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