RYA Competent Crew


This is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. By the end of the course, you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout and assist in all the day-to-day routines.

Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire fighting and precautions, personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners are all covered.

This course can be taken either as a 5-day immersive live-aboard experience or three weekendsThe weekend selection does not have to be consecutive.  If you have completed the Start Yachting course, this counts towards weekend one of the three.


Book and pay for 3 weekends upfront and pay special price of $2100 to complete your RYA Competent Crew, including the RYA course booklet and logbook.

  • Previous Experience


  • Course Duration

    5 days
    3 weekends

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Competent Crew

A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala

We cannot express how wonderful our experience was with Jamie . He is very professional and patient in teaching us how to handle our new acquisition. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a novice, it’s well worth spending time with a calm and knowledgeable instructor from Southern Cross. Thanks Jamie

Lee-Anne Savin 2021
Lee-Anne Savin

What you will learn:

  • How to prepare a yacht for sailing
  • Helming a yacht
  • How to be a useful crew member
  • How to set sails
  • Understanding the influence of apparent and true wind upon a yacht
  • Uses of winches, clutches, cleats and jammers
  • How to tack and gybe
  • Ropework & knots
  • Rules of the road
  • Man overboard recovery techniques
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Navigation & Buoyage
  • Safety equipment
  • Distress signals
  • Meteorology
  • Sail trimming