Competent Crew – Getting Your Sea Legs

Course Details


  • 5 days (Sunday to Friday) or 3 weekends.
  • Maximum 5 students per course.

Price: £400 / £425 / £495for a 5 day course, or alternatively £475/ £525 / £595 to take the course over 3 weekends. The actual price depends on time of year you wish to take the course (low season: Nov to March, mid season: Sept / Oct & April / May, high season: June to August).

Previous experience required:

  • None


Introduction to yachting, basic seamanship and helmsmanship skills

Competent Crew is the first step on the RYA ladder. It is the course for the absolute beginner to learn the basics and to enjoy the delights of sailing aboard a cruising yacht. It is also an ideal stepping stone for dingy sailors to try yachting and for those who have already done some crewing but wish to learn the right way.

At the end of the 5 days you will have become, as the name suggests, a competent (and confident) member of the crew. You will be taught the fundamentals of crewing such as knots, nautical terms, sail handling and helming as well as how to “live” in the environment of a cruising yacht. During the course you will spend all 5 days aboard the yacht visiting many of the harbours and anchorages between Poole and the Solent, and if the weather allows, complete a longer coastal or offshore passage.

With a maximum of 5 students per course, your fully qualified instructor will devote plenty of time to your special needs. Safety is paramount in all RYA courses and you will learn how to operate flares, lifejackets, safety harnesses, liferafts, how to assist the recovery of a man overboard, and participate in a night sail of up to 4 hours duration.


  • Instruction
  • Accommodation on Yacht
  • All Snacks & meals except one evening meal taken ashore
  • Mooring fees
  • Gas & fuel
  • Use of LifeJackets
  • Loan of Waterproofs
  • Free secure car parking

Not Inclued:

One evening meal (eaten ashore)
To assist you in your course you may wish to purchase a Competent Crew book from us.

At the end of the course you will be awarded the RYA competent Crew Certificate and be an asset to any crew you join.