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Competent Crew

This 5-day course is designed for beginners looking to improve their skills and become an active crew member.

From 1,250 Euros

Competent Crew

This five-day course is a great introduction to
sailing for complete novices.

From 1,250 Euros

The ratio of student to instructor is Max 4:1 (usually 3:1)

Pre Course Requirements

The RYA Competent Crew course was designed for students with little experience, therefore there are no formal course requirements.

Our advice is to pick up the RYA Competent Crew Handbook and have a stress free read through so you are familiar with some of the vocabulary used on yachts.

*All sailing courses require a certain amount of physical activity.  If you are unsure as to your ability to take part in a course please contact us to discuss. 

Pre Course Requirements

Course Syllabus

The RYA Competent Crew course is a 5-day course that starts at 0930 and finishes at variable times depending on the day.


The Course Syllabus includes:

  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat

  • Rigging and sails

  • Sail Handling

  • Ropework

  • Fire precautions and fighting 

  • Personal safety equipment

  • Man overboard

  • Emergency Equipment

  • Seasickness

  • Helmsmanship

  • General Duties

  • Manners & Customs

  • Rules of the road 

  • Clothing and equipment 

  • Emergency equipment and precautions

  • Meteorology

Start and Finish Location: Estepona

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Course Syllabus

What's Included

1,250 Euros inclusive of;

  • Welcome drinks on arrival

  • Food welcome pack

  • 6 nights accommodation onboard the training yacht

  • Own Cabin

  • Use of life jackets

  • Marina fees

  • Fuel for the duration of the course

  • Clean Bed Linen and towels

What´s Included

What to Bring

Sailors are exposed to the elements and must always be prepared for 4 seasons. Due to limited storage on board, we always recommend you bring lightweight clothing to suit all possible weather scenarios. Key things to bring include;

  • Sun Protection 

  • Sun Glasses 

  • Boat Friendly Shoes

  • Passport 

  • Shorts & T-shirts 

  • Light Trousers 

  • Bathing Equipment 

  • Lightweight Jumper or Jacket 

  • Personal Care Equipment (Shampoo, Deodorant, prescription Medicines)

  • Anti Sea Sickness Tablets - especially if not an experienced sailor.

What To Bring
Post Course

Post Course

After being awarded your Competent Crew Certificate on completion of the course, with some more sailing miles under your belt you will be ready to take on the 5 day RYA Day Skipper course! Take the next step and learn how to become the Skipper you have always imagined.

See Our Full Range Of Courses

Click on the course type to find out what courses are available

Marbella Sailing School is not just about being out on the water. Part of the RYA curriculum includes theory-based courses and vital skill training including First Aid & VHF Courses.

View all of our practical courses right here. Take to the sea and discover the joys of yachting while learning from experienced instructors who will make sure you learn & most importantly, have a good time.

For those looking to go from Zero to Hero, look no further than our Fast Track programs. Each one individually designed for your needs, whether it be for Charter or Professional work within the maritime industry.

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