Preparation for an RYA Competent Crew Course.

If you are joining us for an RYA Competent Crew Course, we’re assuming that you have done little or no sailing or you’re in need of a refresher. Either way, you needn’t do anything in preparation if time is against you. However, if you want to get the most from your time on the water there are a few things we’d recommend.

  1. Buy an RYA Competent Crew Handbook. This walks you through the course and reading it will give you a headstart. After all, if you arrive at the marina knowing your starboard from your port and your bowline from your half hitch, you can spend more time concentrating on sailing.
  2. Learn your basic knots. These are covered in the Competent Crew Handbook but are better learnt from a knot handbook, iphone app or Youtube Video.
  3. Dress for the job. If you don’t know what to bring along be guided by the following pointers; (i) pack light (ii) pack quick drying, ‘wicking’ manmade fabrics (iii) bring a fleece (it can be cold at night even in summer) (iv) bring a lightweight shower jacket, fleece / wool hat, a sun hat, sunglasses, sun cream and lip salve.
  4. If you are the wrong side of 40 and drive a desk all day, now might be the time to consider a few light stretches and walks in the weeks before joining us. Cruising is hardly physically demanding, but when you are first on a boat it’s amazing how many muscles you use that you didn’t know you have! If you are active, it’s no problem. If you are known to surf a couch from time to time - consider a bit of light physical conditioning.

If you don’t have chance to prepare, don’t worry. You’ll be fine. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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