Competent Crew - 5 days - Luxury Yacht

Learn to sail in comfort and style on a stunning luxury yacht in a spectacular location. The course is designed for novice sailors who would like to become useful and active crew members.
11 April
Mon 11 Apr 2022 - Fri 15 Apr 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $1,995.00 incl. GST
1 August
Mon 01 Aug 2022 - Fri 05 Aug 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Whitsunday islands
  • $1,995.00 incl. GST
8 August
Mon 08 Aug 2022 - Fri 12 Aug 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Whitsunday islands
  • $1,995.00 incl. GST

To book a private course Enquire here


Join a small group of fellow sailors on board the luxury yacht Calypso

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 issues on board. 

By the end of the week you will be a confident crew member ready to join a crew on a short passage or to move on to your Day Skipper course. 

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 emergency situations.
  • Rules of the road, basic meteorology and chart-work
  • Night sailing exercise.

Location and sailing conditions 

You will sail around Sydney Harbour, and sometimes north to Pittwater or south to Port Hacking. We plan the itinerary on the first day to take 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. 

The scenery and anchorages are magnificent and the weather is superb with tropical trade wind sailing the order of the day.

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

The yacht and the instructor 

This course will be run on board our stunning luxury yacht Calypso by an accredited RYA Instructor.

You live on board with your fellow students and take part in all aspects of running the boat. 

Private course - great value 

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

This is a great thing to do with family or friends. Kids are welcome too.

Enquire using the private course enquiry button above. 

What's included

Due to Covid 19 restrictions our RYA practical courses are currently non live-aboard. But please contact us if you would like to stay on board in the marina for your course.

  • 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 and coffee and pizza takeaway before the night training exercise. 

Qualifications and experience

  • 150 sea miles logged
  • RYA Competent Crew

Before you start

No experience is needed.

This course is suitable for beginners.

What next?

Once you have completed the Competent Crew course you are ready to start taking control and learning the role of the skipper. 

RYA Day Skipper 

Join Day Skipper Shore-based, for a comprehensive introduction to the underlying theory knowledge you will need as a Day Skipper. 

Or you can complete the Essential Navigation and Seamanship self paced online course.

Then go on to the Day Skipper Practical course

Once you have your RYA Day Skipper you are ready to charter your own yacht.