Become an active competent crew member and learn to sail
RYA Competent Crew course is completed over 5 days and includes around 100 miles at sea and 4 hours of night sailing. This Competent Crew course is the perfect place for a beginner to start. Even if you have a little experience of sailing with others or racing, if you have done no formal RYA training, this is the course for you.
Live on board and experience all aspects of crewing on a yacht, including steering the boat, hoisting and dropping sails, keeping an active lookout and keeping the yacht ship shape, all whilst visiting some interesting places! At the end of the Competent Crew course, you should be able to assist on a cruising yacht on daytime passages.
Become an active crew member and book yourself on an RYA Competent Crew course today. Find Training Centres offering this course all over the world on our map or listing below.
Previous Experience Required
- Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
- Sail handling
- Ropework and learning some essential knots
- Fire precautions and firefighting
- Care and use of personal safety equipment
- Actions to be taken in the event of a man overboard situation
- Emergency equipment and its uses
- Steering the yacht on all points of sail and under power
- General duties, manners and customs
- Rules of the road
- Dinghies and tenders
Abilities gained after the course
You will have gained the ability to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all daily routines. The RYA Competent Crew Certificate is awarded to those who have completed the syllabus.
If your plans are to skipper a yacht then you really need to do RYA Day Skipper Theory, followed by your RYA Day Skipper Practical. The RYA Day Skipper Theory can be done over 5 days in a classroom or online with one of our schools. If you think you would prefer to crew then you might want to consider the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Theory course. It is a short course which will give you enough knowledge to have a greater understanding of the decisions made by your skipper.
RYA Competent Crew Skills ISBN 9781906435905
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