Competent Crew

Please note that during the current Covid-19 situation we are running our courses slightly differently. Pricing is per boat for up to 5 people and courses are only open to family groups or households. Please do call us if you have any specific questions.

Details on our courses can be found HERE….

General Course Information

The RYA Competent Crew course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship, it is the ideal course for:

  • A complete beginner to try their hand at yachting and learn the basics
  • To discover the delights of sailing aboard a cruising yacht for the first time
  • If you are a dinghy sailor then to step up to cruiser sailing
  • Crew members who want some professional instruction

…at the end of the course you will have become, as the name suggests, a competent (and we hope confident) member of the crew.

You will spend all 5 days (or both weekends) aboard the yacht sailing around the Solent, your crew will be a mix of fellow Competent Crew and potentially some Day Skipper candidates.

We offer the option for you to book your own sleeping area for that extra privacy and comfort but if you are happy to share then we offer a discounted rate.

We run our courses with a maximum of 4 students normally 3. This offers each student much more hands on time and combined with the extra space onboard we find that by reducing the numbers it creates a better learning environment all round.

Our sailing school is based in Mercury Yacht Harbour on the River Hamble and sailing takes places in and around the Solent.

What To Expect FAQs Sailing Courses
5 Day Week £699* / £525 – Mon to Fri
5 Day Weekend £759* / £575 – Sat to Wed
2+3 Day Weekends £920* / £640 – Sat/Sun & Fri/Sat/Sun
Start times Sunday 1800
Friday 1800
Pre-course experience None
Minimum Age 12 *
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
Student Ratio 3 – 4 depending on numbers booking own cabin option
  • Accommodation onboard.
  • Mooring Fees.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks and soft drinks.
  • Evening meals are taken ashore at the students cost.
  • Course completion certificate.
  • Knowledge of sea terms, parts of boat, rigging and sails
  • Handling sails
  • Ropework and knot tying
  • Safety on Board
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Man Overboard
  • Emergency Equipment
  • Manners & Customs
  • Rules of the Road
  • Tender Usage
  • Meteorology
  • Helmsmanship & Sailing

*Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Universal Yachting Ltd: Mercury Yacht Harbour, Satchell Lane,
Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 4HQ

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All forms of yachting are now permitted The only restriction is that we can only offer Skippered Charters and RYA Training to groups of people from the same household. Contact Us to discuss your plans and to see how we can help.

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