RYA Competent Crew Course

Competent Crew course overview

An introduction for beginners who want to become active and useful crew members. The course introduces the fundamentals of sailing a moderate-size cruising yacht.

About the course

By the end of the course you will have the confidence and ability to keep a lookout, handle sails, steer, row a dinghy and assist in all other day-to-day activities.

During the course you will cover approximately 100 miles, including four night hours on watch.

Want to complete the course over three weekends?

As well as the consecutive 5 day RYA Competent Crew course, we also offer the option of taking this course over three weekends by attending three RYA Start Yachting courses. Each weekend includes one night on-board and food.

If you decide to take the RYA Competent Crew course over three weekends, we recommend that you complete all three training weekends within a period of six months.

Includes all food and accommodation.


By the end of this course you will have sufficient knowledge and skill to be a useful and able crew member on any sailing yacht. The RYA Competent Crew course is great fun and not surprisingly it’s very popular!

Successful candidates are awarded the RYA Competent Crew course completion certificate at the end of the course.

Competent Crew Syllabus

The RYA Competent crew syllabus is taught in a ratio of (5:1) students to instructor and covers the following:

You will cover:

  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat
  • Rigging and sails
  • Sail handling
  • Rope work
  • Fire precautions and fighting
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Man overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Meteorology
  • Seasickness
  • Helmsmanship
  • General Duties, manners and customs
  • Rules of the road
  • Dinghies

After the course you will be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines.

Dates and pricing

Course From To All-inc
RYA Competent Crew / RYA Day Skipper 19/09/2024 23/09/2024 £725
RYA Competent Crew / RYA Day Skipper 20/09/2024 24/09/2024 Full

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