RYA Competent Crew

The RYA Competent Crew course teaches the basics of yachting in more depth than the Introductory course. Students live on board the yacht for the duration of the course as the yacht sails around the sheltered waters of Moreton Bay.


This is both a training trip and a holiday in one!

Duration: 3 x weekends (weekends do not need to be consecutive) or 5 day (Monday to Friday)

Previous experience required: None.

Course content: The yacht will visit different harbours and anchorages during the trip and students will enjoy the delights of spending the night on board at anchor and sailing at night under the stars. You will learn how to set the sails, steer the yacht, and live aboard a yacht whilst cruising. The course also covers the use of all safety equipment on board a yacht, the rules of the road, manners and customs, and how the weather effects the planning of a sailing trip. You will participate in “man overboard” drills, but don’t worry, we use a dummy, not a real person! Students are fully involved in all aspects of crewing on board the yacht from steering to cooking in the galley. 

The yachts are comfortably fitted out for cruising to make this trip an enjoyable experience. Your fully qualified Instructor will guide you through the mysteries of sailing and you will emerge from the course a competent and confident crewmember, welcome on any yacht.

At the completion of the course you will be awarded the Royal Yachting Association ‘Competent Crew course completion certificate.’

Whether you undertake the course as a 5-day trip or over 3 weekends, the course fee includes accommodation and meals onboard.  During the 5-day course, we aim for one meal ashore, dependent on weather and itinerary.  

Check our calendar for scheduled courses, course prices and then fill out a booking form