RYA Competent Crew course at Largs on the Clyde in Scotland

Crewing upwind passed Largs on the Clyde during RYA course
Crewing upwind passed Largs on the Clyde

The RYA competent crew course is for those new to sailing who want to become competent crew members rather than just passengers. You will be an asset to anyone you go sailing with. On completion of the RYA Competent Crew coutres you should be able to steer the yacht, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines onboard a sailing yacht.

The course will take place on the Firth of Clyde where you will find some of the best sailing in Scotland. Sleeping and eating on board (apart from perhaps the odd evening meal out in a pub or restaurant if you choose!) you will learn lots about sailing, life on board and how fun it is. You will stay at a different marina or anchorage or harbour each night.

The RYA Competent Crew course can be run alongside the Day Skipper course on the same boat. So if a friend, family member or partner would like to sail with you, just let us know at the time of booking.

Read the FAQ to answer your questions about the Competent crew course.

Assumed knowledge: None

Course content:

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.

Basic seamanship and helmanship.

Ability after course:

Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines. You will be a useful crew member.

Minimum age: 18

Course starts: Sunday 19:30 @ Largs, Scotland.

This course can also be completed over 3 weekend cruises.

For those students wanting to complete Competent Crew while the boat does some more challenging passages this course can also be completed during a Coastal Skipper course. Here are the dates available. Competent crew dates during longer passages.