Competent Crew

RYA Competent Crew Theory & Practical - One Week

Why do competent crew with us?

This course aims to take you from novice, to valuable member of the crew, with the help of one of our excellent instructors. It’s suitable for complete beginners or those with limited experience who want to get a solid grounding of the basics.

Learning the ropes

You’ll live on a yacht, spending a week cruising around the sunny Ionian Islands. Along the way you’ll learn sail handling and trimming, nautical terms, useful knots, and how to steer the boat on a compass course. The course is good fun and a great way to learn how to sail!

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Important skills

You’ll walk away with important safety skills such as how to operate flares, life jackets, life-rafts, and how to assist the recovery of a man overboard - exactly the kind of stuff every skipper needs in a good crew.

Before you go

Included in the package is our online Competent Crew theory course. This takes you through the language of sailing, knot-work and theory. After completing the theory course you’ll arrive on the yacht confident and prepared for your week of sailing.

How much does it cost?

£890 per person + Flights and transfers (approx. £250 - £390)

What is Included:

• 7 days aboard the yacht, with full instruction

• Full online theory tuition specific to the Competent Crew Syllabus

• The RYA Competent Crew course book

• The RYA Sail Cruising Syllabus and Logbook

• All breakfasts, lunches and 2 evening meals

• All fuel, water and marina fees

• Towels and bed linen

• Waterproof jackets

• Sunshine and swim stops

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The course in detail...

This sailing course is designed for novices and total beginners alike. You will learn how to steer the boat, under sail and engine, how to hoist and drop the sails, how to set them correctly, mooring procedures, rope work, how to recover a man overboard, how to use a dinghy, and lots more.

The RYA Competent Crew course is designed to provide the skills you need to start off in yachting. Being a valuable crew member is fulfilling and exciting. You are the backbone of any yacht and without you the boat is going nowhere.

Included in each course we provide access to a unique online training provided by Corfu Sea School. This gives you the opportunity to learn some of the necessary theoretical and practical skills even before leaving the comfort of home. The course is RYA approved, and is designed for students who cannot afford the time to attend lengthy shore-based classes. You will also be sent RYA Competent Crew course book to read before you arrive in Greece. 

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Accommodation & Food

All breakfasts and lunches are included in the cost of the course, as well as two evening meals cooked on board. Greece is blessed with an abundance of tavernas, and there will be lots of opportunities to eat on-shore. If you have any special dietary requirements just let us know. One bath sized towel per person, all bed linen, pillows and duvets are included. There's no need to bring a sleeping bag along. There is a shower on board, and the course often stops in ports that have showers and facilities ashore.

Pre-Course Experience Requirements:

No previous sailing experience is required to undertake the competent crew qualification. There is no minimum age requirement, however, the RYA recommend a minimum age of 12 years old. Children under 12 looking to undertake the competent crew course need to be large enough and strong enough to use the yacht’s equipment effectively.

If you wish your child to take part, but worry they may not be capable of participating fully, never fear! They will either be awarded a Competent Crew Certificate or an RYA Start Sailing Certificate for younger sailors. So there is no excuse not to give it a go! Feel free to call us on 020 8459 8787 if you wish to discuss bringing younger children.