RYA Competent Crew course at Largs, Scotland

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

The RYA competent crew course on the Clyde is for those new to sailing who want to become competent crew members rather than just passengers. The Clyde in Scotland is the perfect place to take this RYA course. You will be an asset to anyone you go sailing with. On completion of the RYA Competent Crew course 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, 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.

When comparing costs with other providers it is worth remembering that all costs are included in our courses including fuel, gas, consumables, food, certification and berthing.

Optional extras include food and drink ashore, purchasing a logbook if required and waterprooof hire.

When booking with other providers where berthing fees are not included, this is charged to the customer during the course adding a significant extra cost.

20% deposit is required to secure a place on the course with the balance due 6 weeks before the course begins.

For those students wanting to complete Competent Crew while the boat does some more challenging passages you can book any longer course (greater than 5 days) apart from YachtMaster training. Competent crew on more challenging sails.