RYA Competent Crew – A comprehensive ‘hands on’ course for beginners
RYA Competent Crew Course on a Classic Wooden Boat
The RYA Competent Crew Course is very much a hands on course for complete beginners or for those with some experience of yachts and now wish to have a solid foundation of seamanship. If you are a dinghy sailor and wish to cross over to larger vessels the Competent Crew Course will provide that steppingstone.
We want you to develop a love of sailing, and the best way to make a start on any boat is to feel you are a vital and competent part of the crew. As you would expect from Classic Sailing, the teaching yachts we use are classic wooden boats that turn heads wherever they go! On the RYA Competent crew course, we will teach you the seamanship skills of steering, setting sails, reefing, and tying knots with conviction!
The course is about going places, so you can experience a wide range of sailing experiences: – anchoring in remote bays, mooring in sheltered rivers, coming alongside harbour walls or pontoons and night sailing. The skills you learn will be relevant for modern yachts, but after the RYA competent crew course you should also feel at home on traditional boats and tall ships with blocks and tackles.
There is a whole new language to learn and by the end of the week you won’t be fazed by terms like sheet, fender, windlass or ‘bear away’ and all the things that make going on board a yacht a bit bewildering and intimidating.
Previous experience required
You can be a complete beginner that has never stepped on a boat before.
It is also good for those who have done a bit of yacht, keel boat or dinghy sailing and want to be sure they have the basics to sail bigger boats where you can go cruising and live on board.
Assumed knowledge None
Minimum Age None
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.
RYA Practical Competent Crew on Moosk
Moosk has Competent Crew Courses from Plymouth which offers fantastic sailing waters, friendly ports and secluded locations to explore.
If you want to learn to sail a yacht, but like the look of our vessels, the following the Competent Crew Course would be the best all round option for a newcomer to sailing. The instructor to student ratio is officially 1 to 5 and on Moosk.
Moosk is a gaff yawl with 2 masts. She can sail with just a mainsail and staysail or spread her wings and set mizzen, mizzen staysail and a jib out on her long bowsprit. She has a long deep keel so sails well and her engine is mounted on the centre-line so she is well behaved under engine too. In her sail training role under instruction young people take charge of her and bring her alongside pontoons so she is already a proven sea school boat.
The charity that operates Moosk is also a full recognised RYA Training Establishment so she issues RYA certificates in her own right (assuming you have completed the syllabus).
These 6 day courses provide longer sea time and less pressure than those schools which offer a 5 day course. A four hour night passage is a compulsory part of the course but it is very often also the highlight of the voyage. It’s a great team effort with pilotage, communication, lookout duty and command skills.
Those studying for Competent Crew can if they have the ability complete sections of the Day Skipper practical syllabus and see what they need to do for the next step up the ladder to being your own skipper.