RYA Competent Crew Courses

The RYA Competent Crew course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members, rather than just passengers.

NZD $2595 (fully inclusive)

Experience living on board, really get to know the boat and become a competent crew member. This is a hands on course where you are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered

Your friendly instructor is always there to help and guide you and by the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board. We’re pretty sure that you will also have visited some beautiful scenic anchorages and had a very enjoyable holiday.

Alternatively, if you really don’t want to learn anything, and a sailing holiday is all you are after, contact us and we’ll try and find a suitable trip for you to join us on. If there is a group of you, and you’d like to charter the whole boat with a skipper to look after the sailing, check out our skippered charter page and contact us for availability.

Pre-course experience:
  • None
Assumed knowledge:
  • None
Minimum duration:
  • 5 days
Minimum age:
  • None
RYA Competent Crew course content:
  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
  • sailhandling
  • ropework
  • fire precautions and fighting
  • personal safety equipment man overboard
  • emergency equipment
  • meteorology
  • seasickness helmsmanship
  • general duties
  • manners and customs
  • rules of the road
  • dinghies
Ability after the RYA course:

Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day-to-day routines

What people have said about our Competent Crew Course

A very good course

A very good course; Jiri was to the point, so there was no misunderstanding as to what you would achieve from the course, depending on experience…… he also could cook! Lol

Craig F, UK
Competent Crew Course

Great quality instruction

Great quality instruction. Jiri really helped explain issues clearly and with enthusiasm

Howard R, UK
Competent Crew Course

Great tutor, extremely patient

Excellent, full content, great tutor, extremely patient. Great course. Spending time/sleeping on the boat allowed for great ability to gain confidence

Chris D, New Zealand
Competent Crew Course

We saw Hectors Dolphins

It was an amazing adventure. Lots of different things to see and do. I can’t wait to start sailing again. We saw Hectors Dolphins which was incredible!

Ella D, age 12
Competent Crew Course

A huge amount of knowledge

Gained a huge amount of knowledge, good course structure. Good teamwork on board. Kat was an excellent instructor

Fabian A, Germany
Competent Crew Course

Great mix of fun and sweat

Was a great mix of fun and sweat. We learnt a lot, both theoretical and practice. Felt well supported through the whole experience. Dave was fabulous. Easy company and also an excellent instructor who was always in control. Dave was magic with the kids. This was such an amazing experience. I was really worried, but keen. After the course I feel so confident in my ability to learn more and I have fallen in love with the ocean.

Lee B-D, New Zealand
Competent Crew Course

Dave inspired confidence

I really appreciated Dave’s calm, cheerful and positive approach. He inspired confidence. I felt free to ask lots of questions, his experience is obvious and his enthusiasm for what we were doing felt genuine. I’d definitely recommend this course and look forward to more.

Bridget C. New Zealand
Competent Crew Course

Expectations exceeded!

Expectations exceeded! Highly knowledgeable instructor & the course was the ideal experience to get a taste of the sailing lifestyle. Highly recommended

Terry, Switzerland:
Competent Crew Course

Great instruction

…Many thanks to David for his great instruction & excellent teaching & to Chris for his help with our pre-course questions. Meals, particularly dinner were great…

Caitlin, USA
Competent Crew Course

Safe learning environment

…a safe learning environment, practical experience gained was wonderful & there was much time for practice and repetition to practice all the skills, leaving me wanting to sail more and learn more.

Lawrence, USA
Competent Crew Course

Sailing in some stunning locations

Had a great time this week sailing in some stunning locations…. Dave has excellent teaching methods and made the whole week a fun experience.

Charlie, UK
Competent Crew Course

Brilliant!! Awesome 5 days! Good food! Good company!

Awesome!! First time sailing, loved it! Chris was awesome. Learnt heaps!! He made everything easy to understand. Brilliant!! Awesome 5 days! Good food! Good company!

jade, New Zealand
Competent Crew Course

Great experience

Gave myself a better knowledge of sailing… very good… very patient, great experience of sailing the world’s oceans, great teacher. I feel the course covered everything I needed to make me a better sailor.

Ashley, New Zealand
Competent Crew Course