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RYA Competent Crew
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
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.
Five consecutive days on board, commencing at 2030 hours on Sunday or Tuesday evenings.
Cover the 5 day course over two weekends
3 two day weekends, commencing Friday evenings at 2030 finishing approximately Sunday at 1700.
Award on successful completion of the course:
RYA Competent Crew Tidal Practical Certificate
DATESOther dates may also be available, please contact our administration team.
2 Day weekend
3 Day Weekend
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
Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails
Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards
Fire precautions and firefighting
Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fire
Personal safety equipment
Understands and complies with the rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids.
Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard.
Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used
Manners and customs
Understands accepted practice with regards to:-
Rules of the road
Is able to keep an efficient lookout at sea
Understands and complies with the loading rules
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
Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel.