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RYA Competent Crew

2 Day Weekend: £305.00

3 Day Weekend: £415.00

5 Days: £685.00

The RYA Competent Crew course is a 5 day course for beginners or those wishing to build on the skill they learnt during the RYA Start Yachting course. It is aimed at people who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. Most courses start in the evening to give the new crew a chance to settle in and find their way around the boat before setting sail the next day. The instructor will give a full safety briefing before the first passage but virtually the whole course is hands on. You are the crew and without you the sails will not go up and the boat will not be steered!


One pleasure of this course is the way that total strangers start working together to get the yacht sailing along nicely. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in daily routines on board. You should also have visited some interesting places and had an enjoyable time away. This course will provide you with a good foundation for many years of happy and confident cruising.

Suggested Previous Experience


Course Details

You will be coached over the RYA course syllabus as you live aboard one of the school's yachts. All meals are provided for the duration of the course.


Course Options

  • Five day course

Five consecutive days on board, commencing at 2030 hours on Sunday or Tuesday evenings.

  • Two weekends

Cover the 5 day course over two weekends

- 3 day weekend: commencing Friday at 2030 and ending approximately 1700 Monday

- 2 day weekend: commencing Friday at 2030 and ending approximately 1700 Sunday.

  • Three weekends

3 two day weekends, commencing Friday evenings at 2030 finishing approximately Sunday at 1700.


Optional Extras

  • Musto Waterproofs (wet weather gear) - £30 per week/£20.00 per weekend.
  • 'Comfort Pack' - this comprises a freshly laundered sleeping bag, pillow, pillow case and towel. £15.00 for the week or weekend.


Award on successful completion of the course:

RYA Competent Crew Tidal Practical Certificate


Next Step:

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased



Other dates may also be available, please contact our administration team.


2 Day weekend

29 September '17Places
06 October '17Places
20 October '17Places
27 October '17Places

3 Day Weekend

29 September '17Places
29 September '17Places
06 October '17Places
20 October '17Places
27 October '17Places

5 Days

08 October '17Places
22 October '17Places
29 October '17Places



Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails

Sufficient knowledge to understand orders given concerning the sailing and day to day running of the boat

Sail handling

Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails
Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches


Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards
Handling warps
Ability to tie the following knots and to know their correct use:- figure of eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot.

Fire precautions and firefighting

Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fire
Knowledge of the action to be taken in the event of fire.

Personal safety equipment

Understands and complies with the rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids.

Man overboard

Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard.

Emergency equipment

Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used
Understands how to launch and board a liferaft

Manners and customs

Understands accepted practice with regards to:-
Use of burgees and ensigns, prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed.
Awareness of responsibilities of yacht skippers to protect the environment

Rules of the road

Is able to keep an efficient lookout at sea


Understands and complies with the loading rules
Is able to handle a dinghy under oars


Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort scale


Working ability is unaffected / partially affected / severely affected by seasickness

Helmsmanship and sailing

Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing

Can steer a compass course, under sail and power

General duties

Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel.


East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com