This RYA Competent Crew course is for those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.
The Competent Crew course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of the crew on a cruising yacht.
If you are a complete beginner, the Competent Crew sailing course will last for 5 days. If you’ve already done the RYA Start Yachting course then it will only take 3 days.
This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.
Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. Virtually all the course is hands on.
You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered.
By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board.
You should also have visited some interesting places and had an enjoyable holiday.
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 and customs, rules of the road, dinghies
Ability after the course Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines
We run this popular RYA Sailing Course throughout the year from our base Cascais Marina , which is easily accessible by direct train from Lisbon airport, or by road. We are 20 minutes from Lisbon by the A5 motorway (Cascais junction).
What is included?
Your accommodation on board your yacht.
Breakfast, lunch and 3 dinners.
Free wi-fi in marinas.
On successful completion of the RYA Competent Crew course, your Instructor will sign your logbook to enable you to keep a record of your sea miles and syllabus completed.
Pre-course experience – None
Assumed knowledge – None
Minimum duration 5 days – Often run over 3 weekends or 3 days plus a weekend. If you have done the Start Yachting course, this course can be completed in 3 or 4 days