About This Course
RYA Competent Crew Weekends held over 2 or 3 weekends
RYA Competent Crew Weekends are designed to help you become a safe and proficient crew member whilst having fun out on the water and ashore.
You will be taught basic seamanship and helmsmanship in the sheltered waters of The Solent. Over the 2 or 3 weekend course Competent Crew course you will get a chance to steer, handle sails, be part of the crew and gain hands on practical sailing experience!
You can choose any 3 Competent Crew Weekends from our program to complete your course or a 2 day and 3 day weekend. Competent Crew Weekends can be taken in any order. You will be awarded a Competent Crew course certificate for completing this course. At the end of the RYA Competent Crew course you will be ready to progress on to the RYA Day Skipper theory and RYA Day Skipper practical courses.
Pre Requisites for RYA Competent Crew Weekends:
- No minimum age although we don’t take unaccompanied under 18s
- No previous experience necessary,
- This course is suitable for absolute beginners although if you have some sailing experience you will still find it a useful course.
What is included:
- Services of experienced RYA Instructor
- Accommodation on board your yacht
- Breakfast and lunch with evening meal if night sailing
- Berthing Fees
- Use of foul weather gear
- Use of a life jacket and all safety equipment
- RYA Competent Crew Certificate
- Modern marina facilities at base within easy walking distance of public transport
What is not Included:
- One evening meal (eaten ashore)
- Secure parking at Gosport Marina (capped at £15.00 for duration of course)
- The course starts at 9 am on the first day and will end by 4 pm on the last day
- Free accommodation is available on board the evening before your course begins if required
What to expect:
- Up to 5 students on board
- There may be a mix of students including Day Skipper, Start Yachting and people sailing as a refresher.
- You may share a cabin or saloon although we try to match boat layout to mix of students.
- There is a sole occupancy option for anyone who would prefer the privacy of their own cabin
- The best plans are drawn in the sand at low tide – be prepared for your instructor to make changes based on wind, tide and anything else that can effect the course.
You can also take the RYA Competent Crew course as a 5 day course.
The RYA Competent Crew course is an ideal course for beginners or anyone with limited experience wishing to learn to sail. The course is also ideal for dinghy sailors wishing to learn to sail a cruising yacht. This is also the ideal first course for anyone with limited sailing experience but want to learn a bit more about becoming a safe crew member.
Our team of RYA experienced RYA instructors will ensure you learn in a safe environment. Their aim is also to ensure your time on the water is as enjoyable as possible.
If you are interested to see life on board during a RYA course check out the film clip at the bottom of the page!
Upgrade to our Platinum service:
(5 day option only)
All the same benefits of our regular RYA Competent Crew course with the advantage of the following:
- 3 cabin yacht 5 years old or less or 4 cabin yacht
- Course size limited to 3 students on board
- You will have your own cabin
After the course you will have a taste to undertake more sailing and further your skills. You will have become a useful crew member on board a sailing yacht. The RYA Competent Crew course provides hands on sailing experience for students wishing to take the RYA Day Skipper course.
Are you ready for Competent Crew?
The RYA Competent Crew course is ideal for complete beginners. If you would prefer to try a shorter course first you might consider a weekend ‘Start Yachting’ course. You can then complete your Competent Crew by attending another 3 days or 2 weekends.
If you would prefer to take this RYA sailing course in one go you can take Competent Crew as one 5 day course.
You can find more information about RYA training by visiting our Practical Course information page.
You can even book a cabin to yourself for your course.
|Duration||2 days||Maximum students : instructor||5:1|
|Location||Solent||Minimum age||All ages although under 18s must be accompanied by an adult|
|What’s included||Accommodation on board one of our Bavaria yachts Breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks on board. Berthing fees. Free hire of wet weather gear (adult sizes only).||Extras||Evening meal ashore on Friday if required and Saturday night. Log books if required £6.99|
|When||Saturday 9am to Sunday afternoon 1600hrs. Meet and greet Friday evening 1900hrs All year round||Don’t forget||Anything you cannot travel without as we cannot cater for everyone’s special favourites!|
|Let us know about||Any special dietary requirements and needs.|
Please note, we will do our best to cater for vegetarian diets but are unable to cater for other special dietary requirements. Please call the office if in doubt.
|Cost||2 day weekend £220.00 - £249.00 3 day weekend £360.00 - £375.00|
The RYA Competent Crew course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of crew of a cruising yacht.
1. Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
Sufficient knowledge to understand orders given concerning the sailing and day to day running of the boat.
2. Sail Handling
Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails
Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches
Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards
Ability to tie the following knots and to know their correct use: figure-of-eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot
4. Fire precautions and fighting
Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fireb. Knowledge of the action to be taken in the event of fire
5. Personal safety equipment
Understands and complies with rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids
6. Man overboard
Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard
7. Emergency equipment
Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used
Understands how to launch and board a liferaft
8. Manners and customs
Understands accepted practice with regard to: use of burgees and ensigns, prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed
Aware of the responsibility of yacht skippers to protect the environment
9. Rules of the road
Is able to keep and efficient lookout at sea
Understands and complies with the loading rules. Is able to handle a dinghy under oars
Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort scale
Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness
13. Helmsmanship and sailing
Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
Can steer a compass course, under sail and power
14. General duties
Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel
I had an amazing weekend. I had very tittle experience and was very nervous arriving on Friday night to do my first weekend of the competent crew course. Tom was there to meet me. He was excellent very laid back instructor. I learnt loads and looking forward to completing the comp crew course.
Helen – Competent Crew, July 2019
John was an absolute star – so friendly with great patience and really informative – a great teacher
William – Competent Crew, June 2019
Very good yacht, fully equipped and excellent instructor who was very patient with us all.
Chiyo – Competent Crew, June 2019
Both instructors were friendly, calm and instilled utter confidence. They were also both excellent company. Many thanks to both for two excellent weekends.
Bob – Competent Crew Weekends, March 2018
As a novice doing a competent crew course it was interesting to be exposed to the 2 guys training / assessments who were doing the day skipper course. Simon was very good as was Kevin, who taught with a pleasingly relaxed and calm approach.
Laurence – Competent Crew Weekend, March 2018
As a complete and utter novice, I was anxious that the course wouldn’t be for me. Not the case! All the instructors were patient and helped me to learn at a perfect pace. I feel very confident as a result of my five days. I was also not expecting the course to be so much fun! Thanks to all – including Brian x
Becky – Competent Crew, March 2018
John is fantastic instructor. Patient, composed and very knowledgeable. He invested a lot of his time in making sure we understand everything and we have sufficient practice in every aspect of handling the boat. He was also fun in the evenings which made our course very nice experience!
Bart – Competent Crew, May 2016
I was at first concerned that I was the only member of the crew doing the competent crew training, this actually worked out really well as I really felt part of a team and learnt so much from them too. My sailing confidence has grown tremendously and I’m really looking forward to the further 3 day training this weekend. I also learnt that I really don’t need to take so much ‘stuff’ with me next time! Thank you.
Katy – Competent Crew, March 2016
I had a fantastic time, I learnt a lot and I felt far more confident to go on and complete day skipper by the end of the week. Many thanks.
Anna – Competent Crew, October 2015
The competent crew course was such a brilliant experience. This was my first time on a sailing yacht (only been in dinghies before) so it was mostly new to me. Our instructor Emma was very skilled in not only sailing but also in the art of training people – she moved seamlessly between the role of skipper, crew member and trainer and was a pleasure to get to know. I would like to thank her and my crew mates for a unique five days and will return for a Day Skipper course as soon as I can. Thanks.
Mark – Competent Crew, April 2015
Neil was absolutely brilliant! He was calm, had a great sense of humour and was very knowledgeable both with the sailing skills and the area. He gave us so much confidence (something I tend to lack!) and made it a very enjoyable week. Thank you!!
Sue – Competent Crew, February 2014
This was my first time sailing, and so was a little worried how I would cope, Will and the other instructors put me at ease and explained everything very well, my Competent Crew course was better than I expected. After speaking to my friends about my experience they are now keen to try sailing as well.10/10
Justin – Competent Crew, February 2014
The Small Print
* Evening meals taken ashore on weekend courses except in the case of a night sail.
** We will provide breakfast and lunch with some cakes and biscuits for coffee / tea breaks. We are unable to provide an endless supply of food / fruit / snacks including crisps and chocolate. Should you like to snack throughout the day or have particular food favourites we respectfully request that you purchase these yourself.