RYA Competent Crew
A Beginners Sailing Course
5 Day Week (Mon - Fri) or (Sat - Wed)
2 + 3 Day Weekend Courses

RYA Competent Crew – Prices from £440 pp

The RYA Competent Crew course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship.

You will spend all 5 days (or both weekends) aboard the yacht sailing around the Solent, and at the end of the course you will have become, as the name suggests, a competent (and we hope confident) member of the crew.

£630 or £440 if you are happy to share an accommodation space

The RYA Competent Crew course is the ideal course for the complete beginner to try their hand at yachting, learn the basics and possibly discover the delights of sailing aboard a cruising yacht for the first time.

It is also a great way for anyone looking to step up from dinghy sailing or for those who have already done some crewing but want to learn from a professional instructor.

The crew will be a mix of fellow Competent Crew with possibly some Day Skipper candidates onboard as well.

Pre-course experience None
Minimum Age None
Assumed Knowledge None
Course Content Basic seamanship & helmsmanship
Navigation & meteorology
Ability after course Useful crew member
Course duration 5 Days
2 Day + 3 Day Weekend

Splash-Layout-rya-start-yachting-courseMost sailing schools will place up to 5 students on a course which inevitably means that students have to share a cabin.

In our view this is less than ideal and for most people the concept of sharing a relatively confined accommodation space is not agreeable and detracts from the overall enjoyment of the course.

Therefore all our courses are based on providing students with their own sleeping area* and as such are priced accordingly. If you are booking with some one else and are happy to share a cabin BeneteauOceanis-343-layout-rya-start-yachting-coursewith that person then we can offer you a discounted price for sharing a cabin.

*The saloon is classed as a sleeping area. Exact sleeping arrangements are worked out with the instructor at the start of your course depending on the mix of crew.

Accommodation Options (Click here)
5 Day Week £630 / £440 – Mon to Fri
5 Day Weekend £699 / £490 – Sat to Wed
2+3 Day Weekends £855 / £600 – Sat/Sun & Fri/Sat/Sun
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Start times Sunday 1900 – Friday 1600
Friday 1900 – Wednesday 1600

What is included

  • Accommodation onboard.
  • Mooring Fees.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks and soft drinks.
  • Most evening meals are taken ashore at the students cost. (We provide one evening meal for the night sail)
  • Course completion certificate.

Our principal training yachts are a Dufour 385, a Beneteau Oceanis 37 and a Dufour 365.

These are some of the most popular modern production yachts on the market today and offer excellent handling and sailing performance.

Fully equipped to the required standards they also boast some additional inventory to add to your enjoyment & comfort onboard.

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