RYA Competent Crew

The RYA Competent Crew course is for sailing and yachting beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. For those interested in working in the yachting industry or on superyachts then this is a great way to learn the ropes.

Course Description

By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout and assist in all the day to day routines. If you have previously completed the Start Yachting course, the RYA Competent Crew course can be completed in 3 or 4 days. For those wishing to continue after the RYA Competent Crew this is usually followed by the RYA Day Skipper course.


Course Information

  • 5 day, 4 night practical on yacht
  • Beginners Course
  • RYA Competent Crew completion certificate
  • Sailing in Table Bay, Cape Town. South Africa

General Course Information (All Courses)

  • Students stay on the boat during the multi-day practical courses in order to get a real feel for onboard living. A stipend for essentials (tea, coffee, cereal, milk, etc) is included in the course price. During the theory week and STCW, students have the option of staying at our Academy in the Waterfront.

  • For practical courses we ask that students bring a sleeping bag, towel, toiletries, change of clothes, and suitable wet weather gear. Sunglasses and sunscreenare also a good idea.

    For the theory course students will need a 2B pencils, a pen, a notebook and where possible, their own Portland plotter and dividers (we can also loan to the student). We can also help with the purchase of any of these materials.

    For STCW you will need your Passport or ID book on day one of your course. You will also need to wear old clothes for the fire fighting (MFF) element, for Personal Safety Training (PST) you will need swimwear, a towel and a set of clothes to get in the pool with.

  • PRACTICAL sailing courses start with a briefing at the school, 11 Portswood Road at 8.30am.
    THEORY courses take place at the school and commence at 8.30am
    STCW training takes place in the Cape Town foreshore, training starts promptly at 8.30am
    STEWARDESS training takes place in Gordon’s Bay and starts Mondays at 9.00am

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