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RYA Competent Crew

Learn the basics

Competent Crew

A yachting holiday with the benefit of professional tuition! The RYA Competent Crew is a course for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.

This course is all about getting familiar with the many joys of sailing and cruising – with plenty of time to explore the local area and enjoy a drink at one of our many stunning waterside pubs! You’ll have the chance to explore the delights of the Cornish coast, with at least one longer passage during your time onboard.

Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered.

By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board. You should also have visited some interesting places and had an enjoyable holiday.

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.





(either run over 3 weekends or 3 days plus 1 weekend)





Course Content

Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, 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.

Ability after the course: Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines

All of our courses have a maximum number of three candidates on board so to ensure you receive a high level of support and tuition. Our courses also include moorings, fuel, catering including the first evening plus loan of wet weather clothing.

If you have already completed the Start Yachting course, Competent Crew can be completed in 3 or 4 days.

Upcoming Courses

Here's a list of the courses we have planned in the diary. Please contact us if you cannot make any of these dates, or if you would like to do the course in your own boat.