Messing about on boats has long been a popular way to unwind and relax after a hard week at work. Most of us have some experience on the water, even if it’s only a rainy family holiday on the Norfolk Broads as a teenager, but many have never taken it any further.
The RYA Competent Crew course assumes absolutely no knowledge or experience whatsoever and over 5 days it will introduce the complete beginner to the world of sailing yachts. You’ll learn all you need to know to become a safe and valued crew member on a small sailing yacht and you’ll learn in a safe and friendly environment with other like-minded novices. Don’t worry; there really is no such thing as a stupid question. We promise!
By day three you’ll be confidently tacking and gybing your yacht, working with the rest of your crew under your skipper’s supervision. Sail from one country to another or even hop across the Straits to Africa for the weekend! Sailing out of Gibraltar really is different to another day in the English Channel.
At the end of your course you’ll be able to sail. You’ll know your backstay from your keel bolt and your bowline from your granny knot but that’s only part of the fun. Sailing is about more than just terminology and learning the basics. Of course, safety is important to us and all our yachts are skippered by one of our carefully selected and highly qualified professional RYA Sailing Instructors. They are chosen by us because they balance fun and informality with the safe delivery of a structured training syllabus, designed to produce safe, competent and enthusiastic crew that want to come back to us again and again.
At Jolly Parrot we know that as well as learning a new skill, you are keen to enjoy your holiday on the water. Our instructors make the most of the wonderful climate and extensive and exotic sailing area to deliver a sailing course you’ll find both invaluable and fun. What better way to learn a new skill?
Click here to learn more about the RYA Competent Crew course.