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.

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 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 Starting 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.

Competent Crew Syllabus

You will cover:

  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat
  • Her rigging and sailsa
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • 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.

Pre-requisite experience:

  • None required.


  • 5 days


  • RYA Competent Crew Certification.

What’s included:

Includes all food and accommodation.

RYA Competent Crew / RYA Day Skipper22/10/201926/10/2019 £570
RYA Competent Crew / RYA Day Skipper04/11/201908/11/2019 £570