RYA Competent Crew


The RYA Competent Crew course is a 5 day course for beginners or those wishing to build on the skill they have learned during the RYA Start Yachting course. It is the foundation for anyone who would like to become an active and knowledgeable crew member. 






Course content

Experience living on board and really getting to know the yacht. Virtually the whole course is hands-on. You are the crew - without you the sails won't go up and the yacht won't be steered. This course is available as 5 consecutive days on board, or can be divided up over 2 weekends of 2 and 3 days each.

Enjoy the sailing and learn many new nautical terms and names of parts of a yacht, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, safety measures, fire precautions, personal safety equipment, executing the man-over-board drill, emergency equipment, meteorology, helmsmanship, manners and customs, rules of the road, and much more.


Ability after the course

By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a proper lookout, use the engine, and assist in daily routines on board. You should also have visited some of the many interesting places in Zeeland and its coastal area. This course will provide you with a good foundation for many years of confident cruising.


What's included

  • Tuition by one of our RYA instructors
  • Accommodation on board
  • RYA Competent Crew practical skills handbook
  • All meals and drinks on board 
  • All mooring and fuel fees
  • Free parking at our premises 
  • Competent Crew course certificate


Next steps

After successfully completing this course, it is time to go sailing as much as you can and build up experience based on your acquired Competent Crew skills. Our C-MASTERS Experience Builders and Mile Builders are ideal to get you to the next level. Enjoyed the sailing and eager to take control over the yacht ? Then come back and join our RYA Day Skipper course.


Supporting courses

We recommend the RYA Essential Navigation shorebased theory course as preparation for your Competent Crew practical course. The course is available at our classroom and online via the e-Learning platform.





Details of this course


The course is available as 5 consecutive weekdays, or as 2 weekends of 2 and 3 days. If you have done the Start Yachting course, this course can be completed in 3 or 4 days


Previous experience:  None required. Having completed the RYA Start Yachting course is a plus


Assumed knowledge:  None required, however it is useful to complement this course with the RYA Essential navigation (online or classroom) theory course


Number of students:   3


Cost: 1175 euro for 5 consecutive days

            cost for course divided over 2 weekends on request



Course dates:

  • 5 day course from 4 to 8 April (ONE LAST PLACE AVAILABLE)
  • 5 day course from 11 to 15 April (ONE LAST PLACE AVAILABLE)
  • Course divided over 2 weekends on 16-17 April and 29 April-1 May (ONE LAST PLACE AVAILABLE)
  • 5 day course from 25 to 29 April
  • 5 day course from 9 to 13 May
  • Course divided over 2 weekends on 13 to 15 May and 21-22 May (ONE LAST PLACE AVAILABLE)






Overview of all our RYA practical sailing courses



RYA Start Yachting

start yachting

Introductory course for beginning crew members, acquiring experience on board a sailing yacht



RYA Competent Crew


Learn to steer, sail and manoeuvre a sailing yacht. This course lays the foundation for becoming a knowledgeable and active crew member

RYA Day Skipper

day skipper

Intermediate practical sailing course for competent crew members and beginning skippers, with focus on navigation and boat handling



RYA Coastal Skipper


Advanced course for skippers, preparing them for long (day and night) coastal and offshore passages, with lots of emphasis on passage planning, safety and navigation skills.

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep


Five days of coaching by our chief instructor to prepare yourself for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal examination



RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep


Get yourself properly prepared for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore examination with some solid coaching and honing of your skills






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