Competent Crew - 5 days

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to yachting and leads to a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) certificate. The course is designed for novice sailors who want to become valuable and active crew members. By the end of the course, you should be able to steer, handle sails and mooring lines, and assist in all boat and sail handling procedures on board.

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3 June
Mon 03 Jun 2024 - Fri 07 Jun 2024
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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    Mon 12 May 2025 - Fri 16 May 2025
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    Mon 09 Jun 2025 - Fri 13 Jun 2025
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Description

The week will be broken into short passages and skills and drills.

You will learn essential boat handling skills, how to steer and trim the sails and how to manage safety and seamanship on board. 

By the end of the week, you will be a confident crew member ready to join a crew on a short passage.

Course content

  • Knowledge of sea terms, parts of the boat, etc
  • Sail handling (bend on, set, reef, trim, flake)
  • The use of winches, clutches, and halyards 
  • Ropework (coiling, stowing, use of cleats, knots)
  • The points of sailing, upwind and tacking, downwind and gybing
  • The five essentials of sailing, helming, and trimming on all points
  • Steering to a compass under power and sail. 
  • Crew duties during mooring, berthing, and anchoring. 
  • Personal safety, man overboard, and other emergencies. 
  • Rules of the road, basic meteorology, and chart-work
  • Night sailing exercise. 

Locations and sailing conditions

You will sail around Sydney Harbour, which provides a fabulous training ground at this level.  We plan the detailed itinerary on the first day to take the best advantage of the weather.

The sailing conditions are generally excellent, alternating between warm 'Nor-easter' sea breezes and cool, fresh Southerlies. 

During July and August, we run a number of courses in the Whitsunday Islands, where the scenery and anchorages are magnificent, and the weather is superb, with tropical trade winds sailing the order of the day.

You can expect to see dolphins, whales and of course Flying Fish!

The yacht and the instructor

Our experienced, RYA-qualified yachting instructor will guide you and your fellow crew members through the course in a friendly and relaxed manner.

You sail on board one of our Beneteau 40.7 cruiser-racer yachts with your fellow students and take part in all aspects of running the boat. 

The group is limited to five students to ensure you get maximum hands-on experience. 

Private course - great fun, great value 

Arrange your group of up to 5 people, and pay for 4 places. 

This is a great thing to do with a group of family or friends, and kids are welcome, too.

If you are interested in a private course, contact us using the enquiry button at the top of the page. 

What's included

  • Tuition, logbook, pre-course reading.
  • Life jackets and safety harnesses are provided, and we can loan you wet weather clothing if required.
  • All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.
  • Please bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • We provide tea, coffee, and water.  

Qualifications and experience

  • 150 sea miles logged
  • RYA Competent Crew

Before you start

  • No prior experience is needed.
  • This course is suitable for newcomers to sailing.

What next?

  • Once you have completed the Competent Crew course, you are ready to start taking control and learning the role of the Day Skipper. 
  • Join Day Skipper Shore-based, for all the underlying theory knowledge you will need as a Day Skipper. Then, go on to the Day Skipper Practical course. 
  • If you don't have time for the full shore-based theory course, complete the Essential Navigation and Seamanship self-paced online course, and then go on to Day Skipper Practical.
  • Once you have your RYA Day Skipper you are ready to charter your own yacht.

Testimonials

  • R Sena  
    • RYA Competent Crew course
    • "Great, friendly, and knowledgeable trainers, lots of fun! Highly recommended"
  • Alison Thursby
    • Start Yachting Weeekend
    • “ Our instructor, Chris, was fantastic. I now understand the basics of sailing and have recommended the course to many others. I look forward to doing a competent crew course soon.”
  • Jessie Williams
    • Start Yachting Weekend 
    • “Matt is a deadset legend. He took a group of 5 adults who knew absolutely nothing about sailing to a place where we all felt proud and exhilarated! He was calm, funny, specific, and clear. He tracked us as individuals, offering reminders and tips on the things we got wrong (without telling us that we got it wrong).”