RYA Competent Crew Course Syllabus & Content

 This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.

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 and assist in all the day to day duties on board. You should also have visited some interesting places and had an enjoyable holiday.

During the course you will cover

  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of the boat, her rigging and sails
  • Sail handling (hoisting, lowering and triming)
  • Ropework (knots and rope uses)
  • Safety on board, including personal safetey equipment
  • Man over board drills
  • Use of emergancy equipment
  • Rules of the road
  • Sailing etiquate
  • Weather
  • Helmsmanship and sailing
  • General crew duties.

For the duration of the course you will be living on board and normally staying in a different location each night. All marinas have very good facilities (showers etc). Likley destinations are Cowes, Lymington, Hamble, Poole, Southampton, Yarmouth, Chichester and lots more.

If required, good quality Musto foul weather gear is provided free off charge to ensure you stay warm and dry.

All meals are provided, with a typical days menu below.

  • Breakfast-    tea, coffee, juice, toast, cereal (cooked breakfast the morning after a night sail)
  • Lunch-         Selcetion of rolls, crisps and fruit
  • Dinner-         Home made shepherds pie (we do cater for all diatery requirements)