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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!