This is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. This course is aimed at newcomers to yacht sailing. You are the crew and without you the sails won`t go up and the boat won`t be steered. Virtually all of the course is hands on and you form an integral part of the crew.
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 routines on board. You will also have had a fantastic holiday with some great sailing.
No previous experience is necessary at all! This course is a six day live aboard course and you will receive an official RYA certificate at the end of the week. This is a real introduction to sailing and living aboard a yacht and will also give you confidence for flotilla holidays in the future.
There is no minimum age limit to the course, so a perfect introduction to family sailing, enabling all of the family to walk away with an official qualification.
If you are looking for a family holiday or just your first introduction to sailing and living aboard a yacht, then this is the course for you.
Competent Crew Syllabus
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 crew of a cruising yacht.
Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
Sufficient knowledge to understand orders given concerning the sailing and day to day running of the boat.
Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails
Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches
Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards
Ability to tie the following knots and to know their correct use: figure-of-eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot
Fire precautions and fighting
Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fireb. Knowledge of the action to be taken in the event of fire
Personal safety equipment
Understands and complies with rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids
Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard
Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used
Understands how to launch and board a liferaft
Manners and customs
Understands accepted practice with regard to: use of burgees and ensigns, prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed
Aware of the responsibility of yacht skippers to protect the environment
Rules of the road
Is able to keep and efficient lookout at sea
Understands and complies with the loading rulesb. Is able to handle a dinghy under oars
Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort scale
Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness
Helmsmanship and sailing
Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
Can steer a compass course, under sail and power
Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel