RYA Competent Crew

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RYA Competent Crew is a popular course aimed at beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. You will experience living on board a cruising yacht and really get to know the boat. Through continuous guidance from your friendly and knowledgeable instructor, you’ll find that the course is entirely hands on enabling you to enjoy getting fully immersed.

Your time on board will be spent preparing and sailing the yacht on short passages, visiting rivers, marinas and picturesque anchorages across the Solent and Southampton Water. You will learn how to steer, handle sails, knots, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day-to-day duties on board. Knowledge of how to keep safe and what to do in an emergency is vital, so you will also learn how to operate flares, liferafts and how to assist the recovery of a man overboard.

RYA Competent Crew is open to anyone, and it’s an opportunity for an enjoyable holiday whilst learning a new skill. It’s likely you will spend time with others who are learning other RYA courses such as Day Skipper, additionally helping them to achieve their certificates whilst having a lot of fun.
No experience required
Instructor Ratio
Maximum 3:1
Duration5 days (often run over 3 weekends or 3 days plus a weekend. If you have done the Start Yachting course, this course can be completed in 3 or 4 days).
  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat
  • Her rigging and sails
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Fire precautions and fighting
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Man overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Meteorology
  • Seasickness
  • Helmsmanship
  • General duties
  • Manners and customs
  • Rules of the road
  • Dinghies
Ability after
Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day-to-day routines.

What’s Included

When you book a course with Urban Truant we do our best to ensure there are no extra fees – everything you need to complete your course is included:
  • Your own cabin on board a 40 foot yacht
  • All meals and refreshments whilst on board
  • All mooring fees
  • All fuel costs
  • Use of Urban Truant’s quality wet weather gear and safety kit
  • RYA certification for all successful students

At Urban Truant we feel it’s important to provide quality catering and pride ourselves on serving fresh tasty food wherever possible. We are also happy to cater for different dietary requirements upon request.

Course Dates

Below are listed our available dates. If you cannot see dates that you require, please get in touch with us and we may be able to to arrange a more suitable date.

2019 Dates
Monday 15 April
Friday 19 April
Monday 26 August
Friday 30 August
Monday 02 September
Friday 06 September
Monday 23 September
Friday 27 September
Monday 07 October
Friday 11 October
Monday 21 October
Friday 25 October

Take advantage of our Combined Learning Packages

RYA Competent Crew
RYA Competent Crew
RYA Essential Navigation
RYA Essential Navigation
£998 Combined Price: £949

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