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Competent Crew

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This course offers a comprehensive introduction to sailing, equipping you with the skills necessary to become a valuable member of any yacht crew. It's perfect for novices or those with minimal experience who desire a strong foundation before advancing to the next level. Throughout the course, you will learn the fundamental techniques required to steer a boat using a compass heading, set and trim sails, operate winches, prepare a boat to enter and leave a harbour, pick up moorings and anchors, and perform basic ropework and knot tying.

From 1300€

Student at the helm of the Catamaran with the wind blowing through the sails

Pre-Course Requirements

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

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.

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

Two students smiling at the helm of the Catamaran
Student smiling at the helm of the Catamaran

What's Included

  • Basic Food Provisions

  • Accommodation

  • Towels

  • Bedding

  • Life Jackets

  • Fuel and Marina Costs

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.

Student steering at the helm of the Catamaran
Successful student with his certificate in front of the Sail and Power sign

Post Course

After being awarded your Competent Crew Certificate and with some more sailing miles under your belt, you will be ready to take on the 5-day RYA Day Skipper course!


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