RYA Competent Crew
A perfect introduction to sailing and chance to learn to sail in Greece

RYA Competent Crew

A perfect introduction to sailing and chance to learn to sail in Greece


Our RYA Competent Crew course is ideal for: dinghy sailors, those completely new to sailing or anyone who has already done some crewing but would like to learn 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 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.

What to expect

Busy but fun days – we have a large syllabus to get through so setting off by 9am is key, that means getting up early to have breakfast and preparing the boat for sea

Limited swim stops – although there will be times for a quick dip, you must remember you are on a course and we have limited time to get you through the syllabus. We don’t allow kayaks or paddleboards on courses as they get in the way when training

Provisioning – we recommend students to start a kitty between themselves at the beginning of the week, please remember the students are to provide food and water for your skipper during the course. We recommend provisioning the boat between you all for eating breakfast and lunch onboard, then plan on heading to a taverna in the evenings with maybe one evening meal being cooked aboard

Cabin arrangements – obviously there is a limited number of cabins, 2 or 3 on the training boats. Cabins are sold first come first served, with one cabin always reserved for our instructors. Please speak to the office when booking to see cabin availability

Your yacht will be in great condition and fully MCA coded for training

Read about A Typical RYA Course Week in our blog!


SEE OUR ENTIRE RANGE OF RYA COURSES HERE


How you can take the course.

Individual

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. The RYA Competent Crew course 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

Private

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

 

Prices: See our Reservation page

Note: Skipper will require a cabin

2020 GROUP COURSE AVAILABILITY:

12th, 19th, 26th April

3rd, 10th, 17th May

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th June

5th, 12th, 19th July

6th, 13th, 20th September

4th, 11th October

Not seeing dates that suit you? Email info@sailionian.com with your preferred dates to see what we can do for you!


What you will learn

  • Knowledge of sailing terms and parts of the boat
  • Knots and rope handling
  • Rigging and Sails, Points of Sail and Sail Handling
  • Helmsmanship under power and sail
  • Manners and Customs including Rules of the Road
  • Mooring techniques
  • Using of the dinghy
  • Safety – Fire Precautions and fire firefighting
  • Emergency and personal safety equipment
  • Man Overboard
  • Basic Meteorology

What your course includes

  • 7 days sailing (subject to arrival/departure times)
  • Log books & all Course Materials
  • Mooring fees
  • Certification
  • Fully RYA coded and equipped training yacht
  • Fuel
  • Patient and experienced Instructor
  • Yacht Insurance

Syllabus

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

Can

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

Understands

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

Can

  • 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

Understands

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

Can

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

Understands

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

Understands

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

Understands

  • How to launch and board a life raft

Can

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

Understands

  • 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

Can

  • Keep an efficient look out at sea
Tender Usage

Understands

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

Can

  • Handle a dinghy under oars
Meteorology

Knowledge of

  • The Beaufort Scale

Understands

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

Understands

  • The lbasic principles of sailing

Can

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

Can

  • 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.

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum age

8

No prior sailing experience is necessary.

This course is run over 6 days.

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