RYA Competent Crew Practical Course Syllabus

The RYA Competent Crew Sailing course  is taught on board a sail cruising yacht of 7-15 metres length of waterline (LWL).

This course introduces you to sail cruising.  You will learn about personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to a level that will make you a useful crew member of a sail cruising yacht.

No previous experience is required.

The course can be taken as

  • 5 days in duration if taken consecutively
  • 3 sets of 2 days
  • 2 days  followed by 3 days


1. Sea Terms and Parts of a Boat, her Rigging and Sails


  • Orders given concerning the sailing and day-to-day running of the boat

2. Sail Handling


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

3. Ropework


  • 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; rolling hitch; single and double sheet bend

4. Fire Precautions and Fighting


  • The hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent it
  • The action to be taken in the event of fire

5. Personal Safety Equipment


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

6. Man Overboard


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

7. Emergency equipment


  • How to launch and board a life raft
  • Distress flares and knows when they should be used

8. Manners and Customs


  • Accepted practice with regard 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

9. Rules of the Road


  • Keep an efficient lookout at sea

10. Tender Usage


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


  • Handle a dinghy under oars

11. Meteorology

Knowledge of

  • The Beaufort Scale


  • The forecasting services and where to obtain a forecast

12. Seasickness

Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness (delete as applicable)

13. Helmsmanship and Sailing


  • The basic principles of sailing


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

14. General Duties


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

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Office hours

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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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