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 from Competent Crew

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 learn to sail training.

NOTE – all our RYA courses are taught in English.

Read about A Typical RYA Course Week in our blog!


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. 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.


LOW season – £1070 per person

MID season – £1280 per person

HIGH season – £1400 per person

To book please get in touch

As of 12th July 2024 we have the following availability, if these dates do not fit in with your plans please contact us as we can sometimes add dates. All dates are for Day Skipper or Competent Crew unless otherwise stated:

28 July – 1 x cabin & 1 x saloon
4 August – 1 x cabin & 1 x saloon
8 September – 2 x saloon berths on different yachts
15 September – 1 x cabin & 1 x saloon
22 September – 1 x cabin & 1 x saloon
29 September – 1 x saloon
6 October – 1 x saloon
13 October – 2 x cabin & 1 x saloon
20 October – 2 x cabin & 1 x saloon
27 October – 2 x cabin & 1 x saloon
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 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.


This is the price of the RYA training yacht PLUS the cost of one of our RYA Instructors. Contact Us for details

Note: Skipper will require a cabin


Enquire for dates


We can schedule courses, depending on yacht availability, from April until the end of October

Please feel free to email us if you have a specific date request

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 (dependent on arrival time)
  • Access to Course Notes and Log Book (available to purchase)
  • Charts & Navigation Equipment
  • Mooring fees
  • Certification
  • Fully RYA coded and equipped training yacht
  • Fuel
  • Patient and experienced Instructor
  • Yacht Insurance


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

This course lasts 6 days

Student ratio is 4 students to 1 instructor


Minimum age


No prior sailing experience is necessary.

This course is run over 6 days.

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