RYA Competent Crew

The competent crew course is your introduction to sailing but while learning you will have a whole heap of FUN!  You will also be able to work on catamarans and sailing yachts. You will learn the nautical terminology necessary to work on the yachts. *This course is compulsory if you have no experience at all.

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

Topics covered:

  • Nautical terms
  • Parts of sailing and motor vessels
  • Knots and rope work
  • Preparing the sails for the sea
  • Hoisting and reefing the main sail
  • Wind awareness
  • Points of sailing
  • Steering
  • Mooring and anchoring
  • Rules of the road
  • and weather and forecasts


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