RYA Competent Crew Course

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Previous sailing experience required – none

Cost – £675-£795 All Inclusive (low-high Season) Max 4 Students *

Duration – 5 Days

During our RYA Competent Crew sailing course in the Solent,  your instructor will teach you all the basics of sailing a cruising yacht. By the end of the Competent Crew course you will have covered around 100 nautical miles and 4 night sailing hours. You will also have gained the confidence and knowledge to make you a useful crew member on any yacht.  You don’t need any previous sailing experience to complete this course.

The RYA Competent Crew sailing course is 5 days long.  It can be completed as a 5 day course, or a combination of a 2 day module and a 3 day module, depending on your requirements and your availability.

For the duration of the course you will be living on board the yacht and normally staying in a different location each night. All marinas have very good facilities (showers etc). Likely destinations are CowesLymingtonYarmouthHamblePoole in DorsetChichester and lots more.

You will experience living on board the yacht and really get to know it, as virtually the whole course is hands-on. You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t go anywhere. By the end of this sailing course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout and assist in all the day to day duties on board a yacht. You should also have visited some interesting places and had an enjoyable holiday.

You will experience living on board the yacht and really get to know it, as virtually the whole course is hands-on

During the Competent Crew course you will cover

  • Knowledge of sea and sailing terms and parts of the boat, i.e. her rigging and sails
  • Sail handling (hoisting, lowering and trimming)
  • Ropework (knots and rope uses)
  • Safety on board, including personal safety equipment
  • Man overboard drills
  • Use of emergency equipment
  • Rules of the road
  • Sailing etiquette
  • Weather
  • Helmsmanship and sailing
  • General crew duties

What’s included in the course?

  • All meals, snacks & drinks on board
  • Use of foul weather gear
  • Berthing fees
  • Accommodation on board including comfy pillows

Our RYA Competent Crew sailing courses are all inclusive, so there are no extra charges for marina fees, fuel, food or accomodation! All meals are included and the food is good and varied with menus catering for most tastes and special dietery requirements.  Good quality Musto foul weather gear is provided free off charge to ensure you stay warm and dry.

On board you will find our training vessel “Aurora” fully equipped and extremely comfortable, pillows and pillow cases are provided. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag.

We visit various marinas in and around the Solent, which is in Hampshire and we also go further afield. In the marina we visit you will find first-class washing and showering facilities, most have free WiFi too. During a 5 day sailing course we may spend an evening at anchor.

How to book

Once you’ve decided on the dates you would like to attend, there are several ways you can book for the Competent Crew sailing course.

If your sailing course is in more than 6 weeks time you will only be required to pay a 25% deposit, with the balance payable 6 weeks prior to the start of your course. Just choose the deposit option from the drop-down before you click on the “Book” button. Use the credit card button to pay by credit or debit card. You can also pay over the phone if you prefer. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian.

Please see below for our RYA Competent Crew sailing course dates and prices. If you would like to speak to a member of the team regarding this particular sailing course, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0239 3000 300 or drop us a message via the websiteAlso, take a look at our Trip advisor to see what our clients say about us.


*Occasionaly we do operate with 5 students to help meet group booking requirements.