Competent Crew

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Competent Crew is the entry-level course of the Royal Yachting Association for those who wish to be active crew members of a sailing yacht.[1] It is a hands-on course and by the end of the course participants should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day-to-day duties on board.

No pre-course knowledge or experience are assumed. The minimum duration of the course is 5 days. It may be run over 5 days or over 3 weekends or 3 days plus a weekend. For those who have done the Start Yachting course, this course can be completed in 3 or 4 days. There is no minimum age.

Course content[edit]

Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, 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.[2]


The Competent Crew course is one of a structured series of courses run by the RYA. Additional courses in the series include Day Skipper Shorebased & Practical, Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Shorebased, Coastal Skipper Practical, .[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Competent Crew". RYA. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
  2. ^ "Competent Crew Course Details". First Class Sailing. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  3. ^ "RYA Sailing Course Progression Plan". First Class Sailing / RYA.
  4. ^ "RYA online brochure". Royal Yacht Association.

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