RYA Competent Crew
A perfect introduction to sailing and the chance to gain an RYA qualification.

Our Competent Crew courses are ideal for dinghy sailors, those completely new to sailing or anyone who has already done some crewing but would like to know a little more! You will learn all the skills required to be a useful crew member aboard a yacht anywhere in the world. We will also incorporate some extras into your training and you will be helping to moor and navigating the boat each day. This all means you will come away from a fantastic and informative sailing holiday in the beautiful surroundings of the Greek Ionian Islands, with a wealth of knowledge that will serve as a solid foundation for any further sailing you chose to do.

How you can take the course.


Join a yacht with other people. We like to teach a maximum of 4 people at a time. We feel it gives you that extra attention and time from the instructor and also space on board the yacht. Courses last for 5.5 days with time to relax or practice with an instructor for the rest of the week.

Prices: From £660 per person, to book please get in touch.

Note: Cabin accommodation may be shared and saloon berths may be used


Charter a yacht for 7 days with partners, friends or family (Suggested Maximum 4 people). Training this way as a familiar small group gives more personalised tuition, more time in charge of the yacht and additional spaces and comfort. This is particularly good for those completely new to yachting.

Prices: See our Reservation page

Note: Skipper will require a cabin


6th, 13th & 20th May

3rd & 17th June

8th July

2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th September

7th & 14th October 

Or email info@sailionian.com with your preferred dates to see what we can do for you!

What you will learn

  • Knots and rope handling
  • Sailing terms, points of sail
  • Mooring techniques
  • Man overboard
  • Using the dinghy
  • Safety

What your course includes

  • 7 days sailing
  • Log books
  • Course materials
  • Mooring fees
  • Certification
  • Fully equipped training yacht
  • Fuel
  • Patient and experienced instructor


Knowledge of Sea Terms and Parts of the Boat

Knowledge of

  • Sufficient knowledge to understand the orders given concerning the sailing and day to day running of the boat.


Sail Handling


  • Bend on, set, reef and handle sails
  • Use sheets and halyards and their associated winches
Rope Work


  • How to tie a rolling hitch, single and double sheet bend, and knows their correct use.


  • Use sheets and halyards and their associated winches
  • Handle ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards.
  • Handle warps
  • Tie the following knots and knows their correct use: figure of eight; clove hitch; bowline; round turn and two half hitches; reef knot.
Fire Precautions and Fighting


  • The hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent it


  • Carry out the action to be taken in the event of fire
Personal Safety Equipment


  • How to comply with guidance for the wearing of safety harness, life jackets and personal buoyancy aids
Man Overboard


  • The action to be taken to recover a man overboard
  • How cold-water shock can be affect a casualty in the water
Emergency Equipment


  • How to launch and board a life raft


  • Operate distress flares and knows when they should be used
Manners and Customs


  • Accepted practice with regards to: use of burgees and ensigns: prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other berthed craft
  • The responsibility of the boating community to protect the environment
Rules of the Road


  • Keep an efficient look out at sea
Tender Usage


  • The loading rules and complies with them
  • The use and importance of the kill cord
  • Safety equipment for tenders


  • Handle a dinghy under oars

Knowledge of

  • The Beaufort Scale


  • The forecasting services and where to obtain a forecast
  • Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness
Helmsmanship and Sailing


  • The lbasic principles of sailing


  • Steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
  • Steer a compass course, under sail and power
General Duties


  • Carry out general duties satisfactory on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel

Course Details

RYA training center

This course is for individuals or families/groups.


Minimum age


No prior sailing experience is necessary.


This course is run over 6 days.

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