RYA Competent Crew Course

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.

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.

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