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RYA Essential Navigation Theory & Competent Crew Practical

The RYA Essential Navigation Theory & Competent Crew Practical course is based in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote. You will do 1 day theory in the classroom (shore phase) followed by 5 days sailing (sea phase).  

At the completion of the 1 day shore phase  and 5 days sailing you will have a basic awareness and understanding of navigation and safety.

The Essential Navigation and Safety course gives a basic introduction to navigation and safety for anyone new to boating:

  • Sailors
  • Power boaters
  • Sea Anglers
  • Divers
  • Boat Masters

Also useful for experienced dinghy and keel boat sailors and inshore racers.

The course topics includes

  • Charts and Publications
  • Safety
  • Buoyage
  • Tidal Awareness
  • Basic Navigation and Pilotage
  • Rules of the Road
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Anchoring
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Passage Planning

Upon successful completion you will be awarded the Essential Navigation and Safety Certificate.

The sea phase, Competent Crew course, introduces you to the practical aspects of yachting including basic seamanship, helming skills under sail and power, sail handling and maintaining a lookout. At the end of the course you will have become, as the name suggests, a competent (and confident) member of the crew. The course is designed to provide as much fun and enjoyment as possible in a safe and reassuring environment.

Course Overview

You will be taught the fundamentals of crewing such as knots, nautical terms, sail handling and helming, as well as how to "live" in the environment of a cruising yacht. During the sea phases section of the course you will spend all your days aboard the yacht visiting many of the beautiful harbours and anchorages around Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.. With a maximum of 5 students per course, your fully qualified instructors devote plenty of time to your individual needs. Safety is paramount in all RYA courses and you will learn 
how to operate flares, lifejackets, safety harnesses, liferafts, how to assist the recovery of a man overboard and participate in night sailing during the course.

Upon successful completion you will be awarded the RYA Competent Crew Certificate and be an asset to any crew you join.


  • 6 days - Sunday 09.30 until Friday 17.00

Previous Experience Required

  • None


  • RYA Essential Navigation Theory Packs including charts, course work and course notes book and plotter
  • Note paper, pen, pencil and eraser
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts and lunches for duration of course
  • Tea and coffee
  • 1 evening meal with wine during sea phase of course
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Wet weather gear
  • Life jackets

Not included

  • Flights
  • Insurance


  • 4th November 2018
  • 2nd December 2018

Price Per Person

Low Season

29/10/2018 - 31/12/2018 £640
01/01/2019 - 23/03/2019 £650
26/10/2019 - 31/12/2019 £650

High Season


24/03/2019 - 25/10/2019 £670

Bookings & Info

For more information & bookings please contact Stephanie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recommended RYA Books

To help you in your personal preparation for the course we can advise the following book/s. 

If you click on the link it will take you directly to the RYA website to the appropriate page where you can order it and have it despatched directly to you.

Buy Competent Crew at the RYA Shop Buy Competent Crew at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA Competent Crew at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA Competent Crew at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA Sail Cruising and Yachtmaster Scheme - Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA Sail Cruising and Yachtmaster Scheme - Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop


You will also need an RYA log book which you can also order direct from the RYA using the link below or direct from us upon arrival for a cost of seven euros.

Get in touch

Office hours

Mo - Fr 9.30 - 16.30
Sa 10.00 - 14.00

Out of office contact

Mobile 0034 628 478 400


Edifico Antiguo Varadero
Bloque D No 15 - 2nd Planta
35571 Puerto Calero Marina
Lanzarote - Canary Islands


Email stephanie@endeavour-sailing.co.uk
Phone 0034 928 849 670
Mobile 0034 628 478 400

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