RYA Competent Crew

Course information



3 days

RYA Competent Crew

RYA Competent Crew is your first step in learning to sail a yacht. It’s a 5-day course with a relaxed schedule, suitable for complete beginners or those with a little experience.

What You’ll Learn

Your Competent Crew course will give you the skills and confidence to act as crew on a cruising yacht. You’ll also have a great holiday!

During the 5 days you’ll learn how to steer the yacht, how to hoist and trim the sails, how to handle the anchor, and what all the various ropes do. You’ll be taught basic sailing theory, the names of parts of the boat, useful knots, how to respond to emergency situations, and personal safety guidelines. Competent Crew students take part in all the day-to-day activities from tying on fenders to making lunch. But it’s not all work – you’ll explore the picturesque Saronic Gulf, moor in colourful fishing harbours, and swim in crystal clear waters.

You’ll live aboard the yacht and sail to different places, some of which are more accessible by sea than by road. This is a pretty area, unspoilt by mass tourism, and you’ll see it while travelling in a natural and enjoyable way. At the end of your course you’ll be ready to help sail a yacht as a really useful member of the crew. You’ll also have enough practical experience to move on to the RYA Day Skipper Practical course.

Competent Crew is a fun, sociable course, and highly recommended whether you are travelling alone, with your partner, or with a group of friends. It’s also suitable for a private course or a family sailing holiday. Anyone of any age can enjoy this course, even if they’ve never stepped on a boat before!

What It Costs

From 1150 EUR to 1375 EUR depending on the time of year and whether you are coming alone or with a partner or friend who will share your cabin *. This price includes absolutely everything except getting to us and evening meals, which are taken in local tavernas ashore.

On our yachts you’ll get freshly laundered linen & towels, good pillows, and bedding. We can lend you a breathable waterproof jacket and your Competent Crew course book and an RYA Logbook are included in the price.

* we never expect you to share a cabin with someone you don’t know – or to sleep in the saloon! You’ll get a proper cabin.

Want to Read Up Before you Come on Your Course?

Your RYA course book is included in the price and you’ll be given a copy when you meet your instructor. But, if you’d like to have a look beforehand, there is an e-book available from the RYA shop. Just click on the link below to order your copy.

Buy RYA Competent Crew Skills – 2nd Edition (eBook) at the RYA Shop

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