RYA Competent Crew

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Whether you are new to yachting or have a bit more experience and are looking for certification, the RYA Competent Crew course could well be the training you need. The 'comp crew' offers a general, gentle introduction to sailing and teaches basic boat handling, seamanship, helming and safety skills. This is, essentially, a beginner level course which prepares candidates for becoming active crew members rather than just passengers. 

There is no formal assessment or exam for the RYA Competent Crew course. While our 5 day sailing course will equip students with all the necessary safety skills and build confidence in crewing techniques, it is also largely about having fun. 

Course Duration:

The RYA Competent Crew yachting course takes five days to complete. We appreciate that some people may not want to take too much time off work, so offer two options. The 'split weekend' option allows students to complete the course over two weekends, attending two days one weekend and three days another. The standard option allows students to complete the competent crew training over five consecutive days, beginning on either a Saturday, Monday or Wednesday. 

If you are completely new to yachting and feel a five day course is too big a commitment, you may prefer to start with the RYA Start Yachting course, which is a shorter (two day) introduction to sailing. 

As one of our more popular training courses, we run the course frequently. Please contact us if you would like to book the course on a specific date as we are happy to set up courses to accommodate individual needs wherever possible. 

Pre Requisites:

There are no pre-requisites for this course; the RYA Competent Crew course is suitable for complete beginners and those with some crewing experience alike. 

Course Content:

The RYA Competent Crew course will equip students with basic seamanship and helming skills. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row the dinghy and assist in all the general day to day routines aboard a yacht. This course encompasses and expands upon skills taught in the two day RYA Start Yachting course (although completing this course before Competent Crew is not necessary).

For the five training days (across whichever format is selected), students will live aboard one of our training yachts. All meals will be taken onboard (except one evening meal to be taken ashore, which is not included in the package).

Competent Crew sail training with Stormforce Coaching is a practical, hands on, enjoyable and social introduction to yacht sailing.

What's Included:

Competent Crew yacht training at Stormforce Coaching is comprehensive. We aim to make life as easy as possible for our students and provide the following within the course:

  • Full instruction
  • Use of a suitable yacht, gas and diesel for the duration of the course
  • Accommodation onboard the training boat
  • Meals and snacks onboard
  • Loan of a life jacket
  • RYA Competent Crew Certificate
  • Free Parking at Shamrock Quay Marina ( Subject to terms & conditions )
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What's Not Included:

You may wish to bring your own:

  • Foul weather gear ( we can hire this out at £5 per day if required)

You will also need to make provision for:

  • Berthing fees when away from the home port
  • One evening meal (to be eaten ashore)

Recommended Pre-Course Reading and Useful Books:

Buy RYA Sail Cruising and Yachtmaster Scheme - Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA ShopBuy RYA Pocket Guide to Boating Knots at the RYA Shop


The RYA Competent Crew course is run frequently. If you can't find a suitable date from the list below, please telephone 02380 231122 as we will do our best to arrange a convenient date. 

We can also run the course 1:1 at a time that best suits you and even on your own boat, if you would prefer. Please contact us for details of own boat tuition.

Is this course for me?

This RYA beginner sailing course is suitable for a variety of people and there are many reasons that the RYA Competent Crew course could be for you. If you've always dreamed of getting out on the water but have never had the chance, you may wish to learn some basic sailing skills and practice the essentials under the guidance of an experienced skipper before setting sail by yourself for the first time.

Perhaps you've been around boats for a while, with family and friends taking the helm but have never been actively involved as crew? We understand that it can be difficult to take instruction from those close to you, so you may prefer professional lessons from a trained skipper! 

Or perhaps your ambition is a career in yachting and you would like some accreditation. This course is a good basic grounding in all the necessary skills and results in RYA certification. Whatever your reasons for pursing sail training, we're sure you'll enjoy the RYA Competent Crew course with Stormforce Coaching.

Why choose Stormforce Coaching for this course?:

Stormforce Coaching is a family run business with a strong ethos committed to delivering the best quality training courses. We want you to learn and get the skills you sign up for, but we also want you to have fun. We love sailing and hope that we can share our enthusiasm, passion and experience for the sport with you!

We've been in the business for over a decade and know what works best. We have a team of specialised, experienced Instructors on our full time staff, meaning we do not have to rely on external contractors and can offer our customers a consistently high quality course. It doesn't matter which course you book onto or on which date: you will be guaranteed to receive the best level of training possible. 

Dates & Booking

Dates & Prices will load below shortly, and you can book online, call the team in the office on +442380 231122, or e-mail coaching@stormforce.biz. If you cannot see dates you require, please do get in touch as we may still be able to assist. VAT is included in all our course/charter/race fees where it is applicable, most products are charged at the standard rate, however some are at the reduced rate, zero rate or not eligible for VAT at all. Any way the price below is the price you pay.


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