RYA Competent Crew

Who is the Competent Crew course for?

The RYA Competent Crew course is ideal for you if you know you like the idea of sailing and you're interested in learning the basic skills, or maybe your friends or your partner has a boat and you want to be able to make a positive and helpful contribution whilst you're onboard?

Or maybe you've just said to yourself... "I've always wanted to do that!!"

This course is designed to make sure that you feel happy onboard the boat and understand your responsibilities in a number of roles whilst sailing.  This leads to you feeling confident as part of crew and helps you to develop your knowledge and skills further.

How long does the Competent Crew course last?

This course comes as either a 5 day course or 5 days over 2 weekends, so it is flexible for your needs and any work commitments.

What to expect

  • Girls for Sail will give you the best experience of living on board and let you really get to know the boat like the back of your hand! Virtually all the course is hands-on. You are the crew - without you the sails can't go up and the boat wont set sail! 
  • By the end of this course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout and assist in all the day to day duties on board. You could also visit many interesting places and by the end hopefully will have had a throughly enjoyable holiday with us! Whether in the UK, feeling the wind on your face or out in St Lucia, feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, you're bound to have a lovely time, become qualified and feel much more useful onboard too!


What does the Competent Crew course cover?

  • Knowledge of sea terms & parts of a boat, her rigging and sails

  • Sail handling

  • Ropework

  • Fire precautions & fighting

  • Personal safety equipment

  • Man overboard

  • Emergency equipment

  • Manners & customs

  • Rules of the Road                                                                                

  • Dinghies

  • Meteorology

  • Helmsmanship & sailing

  • General duties around the boat that will help you to become more confident and enjoy your time on the water!!

  • And of course you will receive an RYA Competent Crew Certificate of Competence!


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