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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.

Recommended minimum age: 12 

What’s included?

  • You will be coached over the full RYA course syllabus as you live aboard one of the school owned yachts.
  • All meals are provided for the duration of the course including a home cooked wholesome and hearty evening meal, exactly what you need after a day’s sailing and learning!
  • Accommodation on board – you are required to bring a sleeping bag with you & you can expect to stay overnight at other local marinas
  • Parking – available at Suffolk Yacht Harbour
  • All mooring fees, safety equipment, fuel and tuition from one of our experienced RYA instructors.

Maximum teaching ratio - 4:1 

Course language - English

Five day course - Five consecutive days on board, commencing at 2030 hours on Sunday or Tuesday evenings.

Two weekends - Cover the 5 day course over two weekend, please select one 2 day weekend and one 3 day weekend below. 

  • 3 day weekend: commencing Friday at 2030 hours and ending approximately 1700 hours Monday
  • 2 day weekend: commencing Friday at 2030 hours and ending approximately 1700 hours Sunday.

Three weekends – 3 x 2 day weekends commencing Friday at 2030 hours and ending approximately 1700 hours Sunday for those who find it difficult to take time off during the working week. Please select your three desired 2 day weekends below. 

RYA Comptent Crew Practical Certificate.

If the weather is not looking great or is forecast to be a bit chilly or windy you can hire wet weather gear from us.

Musto Waterproofs available in S, M, L, XL and XXL. £20 for a weekend course & £30 for a week course.

You are expected to bring the following comfort pack items with you; however if you don't want to bring your best duck down pillow or you haven't got a sleeping bag, don't worry you can hire a comfort pack from us!

A Comfort Pack comprises of a freshly laundered sleeping bag with liner, pillow, pillow case and towel - £15.00. 

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

Sail Handling

Can bend on, setting, reefing and handling of sails

Can use sheets and halyards and their associated winches

Ropework

Can hand ropes including:

  • Coiling
  • Stowing
  • Securing to cleats
  • Single and double bollards
  • Handle warps

Can tie the following knots and to know their correct use:

  • Figure of eight
  • Clove hitch
  • Bowline
  • Round turn and two half hitches
  • Reef knot.

Fire Precautions and Firefighting

Has awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fire

Can carry out the action to be taken in the event of fire.

Personal Safety Equipment

Understands and complies with the rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids.

Man Overboard

Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard.

Understand how cold-water shock can affect a casualty in the water

Emergency Equipment

Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used

Understands how to launch and board a life raft

Manners and Customs

Understands accepted practice with regards to:

  • Use of burgees and ensigns
  • Prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed.

Has awareness of responsibilities of yacht skippers to protect the environment

Rules of the Road

Is able to keep an efficient lookout at sea

Tender Usage

Understands and complies with the loading rules and safety equipment needed for tenders

The importance of a kill cord on engine powered tenders

Is able to handle a dinghy under oars

Meteorology

Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort scale

Understands the forecasting servies and where to obtain a forecast

Seasickness

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

Steer a compass course, under sail and power

General Duties

Carry out general duties on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel.

Course Availability

2 Day Weekend

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25th June '21 Fully Booked £315.00 Unavailable
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5 Days

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