RYA Competent Crew Course

RYA Competent Crew Course

Our RYA Competent Crew course is a great place to start your journey – especially if you already suspect you will love sailing. No experience is assumed and you're sure to have fun while you learn.

The Competent Crew course is ideal if you aspire to be an active crew member on board a sailing yacht. It's a particularly popular choice for those who sail with friends or family and want to know more about what they are doing and, most importantly, the safest way to do it!

What's covered on this course?

You’ll be kept busy on this course! You’ll learn to helm (steer) a yacht, raise and lower sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board. Check out the course itinerary below:

RYA Competent Crew Course Itinerary

What to expect:

  • Experience living on board for 5 days
  • Really get to know a yacht
  • Sail to a new place every day - exploring nearby Spanish and Moroccan ports
  • Have great fun and get to know other like minded people

What's included?

  • Accommodation onboard throughout the course
  • Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and two evening meals
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Bedding and towels
  • Safety equipment
  • Mooring fees
  • All charts and publications
  • A jolly good Instructor
  • Fun! 


On successful completion you'll be awarded the RYA Competent Crew certificate.

Experience required:

None – just a sense of humour and a desire to learn how to sail!

Course schedule:

Sunday to Friday: 20:00 hrs on Sunday evening until 16:30 hrs on Friday afternoon.

Tuesday to Sunday: 20:00 hrs on Tuesday evening until 16:30 hrs on Sunday afternoon.

Course cost:  

Low Season (1st November - 31st March):  £549

High Season (1st April - 31st October): £649

Option for own cabin:

To guarantee your own cabin for the duration of your course, please select available dates below

Low Season (1st November - 31st March):  £749

High Season (1st April - 31st October): £849

How to book:

It's easy!  Just select the course date you want below.  Click on book, confirm that this is the course and date that you want and then complete your details on our secure online booking system.  A 25% deposit is all that's needed, with the balance payable 30 days before your course starts. 

What's next?

Once you’ve completed the RYA Competent Crew course, the perfect next step is our RYA Day Skipper Fast Track course which will allow you to charter and skipper yachts all around the world!

You may prefer to do your Day Skipper theory in the comfort of your own home and go at your own pace?  In which case, take a look at our online theory courses.

Note: If you already know that you love sailing and have longer term ambitions, you might want to consider our Novice to RYA Day Skipper programme, which offers the RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper practical courses in one 14 day experience.

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Have a Question?

If you have any questions please email us or call on +44 7925 784407 or see our Frequently Asked Questions.