Take your knowledge learnt in the classroom to the water.

RYA Competent Crew Syllabus

Discover the syllabus

1.    Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, 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.    Crew Overboard

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

7.    Emergency equipment

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

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 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 Helmsmanship and sailing

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


  • No experience required
  • No assumed knowledge required
  • Student Instructor 3:1 ratio
  • Student Instructor 2:1 ratio +£650pp


PRICE: £1’125


  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat
  • Rigging and sails
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Fire precautions and fighting
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Crew overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Tying knots
  • Meteorology
  • Seasickness
  • Helmsmanship
  • General duties
  • Manners and customs
  • Rules of the road
  • Tenders

Knowledge gained after the course:

At the end of the 5 days, you will be able to steer , handle sails, lookout as well as assist the day to day routines on a yacht.