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Course Overview

Duration: Typically run over 5 consecutive days or 3 weekends

Previous experience required: None

Content: to experience being at the helm, helping with the sails, dealing with ropes, learning about being safe on the water and being a competent crew member. This introductory course is ideal for anyone new to sailing. Topics covered include:
  • Yachting Terms - Understand what everyone is talking about from ‘you’re in irons’ to ‘tack’ to ‘mind the boom’ and being able to respond to any orders given
  • Rope Work - How to tie the yacht up securely, learn to tie a few knots and to safely hand ropes.
  • Steering - Experience helming the yacht under different sail settings, including under power, setting the sails and dealing with ropes attached to the sails.
  • Fire - Awareness and actions required.
  • Emergency Equipment - What’s on board and what to do with it.
  • Highway Code - Just helping the more experienced know what to be aware of.
  • The Weather - Where to obtain the weather and a little bit of understanding.
  • Man Overboard - No volunteers necessary just learn to help out.
  • Personal Safety - Learning to make use of the safety aids to keep the sport a fun safe pleasure experience.
  • Dinghies – Oh yes, some one has to know how to steer and be safe. How else can you get to the remote island pub?
  • Manners and Responsibilities - Don’t forget tradition and the environment.
On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the RYA Competent Crew Course completion certificate.

Course Summary

This course is for you if you...
  • Are becoming involved in sailing
  • Are totally new to the sport
  • Are inexperienced
  • Want to see if sailing is for you
  • Want to become a helpful crew member
The course
  • The aim of this course is to give you a basic introduction to sail cruising for novices to a level competent as a useful crew
  • There is no assessment for this course just student participation and a certificate awarded for completion
Topics covered
  • Yachting Terms / Rope Work / Steering / Fire / Emergency Equipment / Highway Code / The Weather / Man Overboard / Personal Safety / Dinghies / Manners and Responsibilities
Course duration
  • Over five days or three weekends
Minimum requirements
  • None - no experience necessary
Course cost includes
  • Full board - on the yacht
  • Gas - for cooking
  • Fuel - hopefully you will be doing more sailing than motoring
  • Mooring fees - all covered
  • Certificate

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Buy RYA Sail Cruising and Yachtmaster Scheme - Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop
RYA Sail Cruising & Yachtmaster Logbook

Buy RYA Competent Crew at the RYA Shop
RYA Competent Crew Handbook

Buy RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques at the RYA Shop
RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques

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