Competent Crew

RYA Competent Crew is the essential starting point for your RYA training. The course introduces the absolute beginner to sailing a cruising yacht. It is also ideal for those who have already done some crewing but wish to learn the right way prior to attending an RYA  Day Skipper course. At the end of the 5 days you will have become, as the name suggests, a competent (and confident) member of the crew. The course is designed to provide as much fun and enjoyment as possible in a safe environment.

Discounts may be available for residents in Turkey. Please contact us for more information.

£ 0.50

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You will be taught the fundamentals of crewing such as knots, nautical terms, sail handling and helming, as well as how to “live” in the environment of a cruising yacht. During the RYA Competent Crew course you will spend all 6 days aboard the yacht visiting many of the beautiful harbours and anchorages along the Turkish coast, and if the weather allows, complete a longer coastal passage. With a maximum of 4 students per course, your fully qualified instructors devote plenty of time to your individual needs. Safety is paramount in all RYA courses and you will learn how to operate flares, lifejackets, safety harnesses, liferafts, how to assist the recovery of a man overboard during the course.

You will be awarded the RYA Competent Crew Certificate and be an asset to any crew you join.

Competent Crew Syllabus

The Competent Crew course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of crew of a cruising yacht and is a pre requisite to attending an RYA Day Skipper practical course

1. Knowledge of 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.

2. Sail Handling

  •  Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails
  •  Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches

3. Ropework

  •  Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards
  •  Handling warps
  •  Ability to tie the following knots and to know their correct use: figure-of-eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot

4. Fire precautions and fighting

  • Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fire. Knowledge of the action to be taken in the event of fire

5. Personal safety equipment

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

6. Man overboard

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

7. Emergency equipment

  • Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used
  • Understands how to launch and board a liferaft

8. Manners and customs

  • Understands accepted practice with regard to: use of burgees and ensigns, prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed
  • Aware of the responsibility of yacht skippers to protect the environment

9. Rules of the road

  • Is able to keep a safe and efficient lookout at sea

10. Dinghies

  • Understands and complies with the loading rules.
  • Is able to handle a dinghy under oars

11. Meteorology

  • Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort scale

12. Seasickness

  • Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness

13. Helmsmanship and sailing

  • Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
  • Can steer a compass course, under sail and power

14. General duties

  • Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel


Weekends:  3 weekends starting 18:30 on Friday until approximately 16:00 on  Sunday .

Weeks: 16:00 Saturday until approximately mid to late morning Friday. Students may stay on board until Saturday morning by arrangement, please advise the office when making your booking.

What’s Included:

Accommodation on board, Bedding, Towels, Safety Equipment, Tuition, Logbook, Certification.

Not Included: 

Transit Log & Fuel (compulsory) £180 per boat shared between students, food & drink, travel to/from venue, Turkish visa if required, Instructors food and drink  (to be provided at students expense)

Additional information


Per Person, Based On Cabin Share, Per Boat, 4 Person Maximum