RYA Competent Crew - 5 Day Sailing Course

From AUD $2,095.00
  • Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Port Geographe Marina, Busselton, WA

Previous experience required - None!  (Recommended minimum age - 12)

The RYA Competent Crew course is an essential comprehensive introductory course for beginners to sailing and for those with some experience of sailing dinghy's or keel boats. 

What will I learn?

You will learn how to steer the yacht and handle the sails, understand the different parts of the boat, her rigging and sails. You will practice sail handling and using ropes and winches. We will look at personal safety and how to recover a person from the water. During the week we will visit different ports and anchorages where we will practice anchoring and picking up a mooring.  You will also experience sailing at night under the stars. We will look at weather forecasts and understand how the weather influences our plans. We will also look at the rules of the road and the manners and customs associated with sailing a yacht.

What is the programme for a typical 5 day sailing course?

You arrive at the yacht for a 9 am start on the first day and the instructor will be there to welcome you, show you around the yacht and give you a safety brief.  Then it is out into the harbour to try your hand a steering the yacht before heading out into the Bay to hoist the sails.  During the week, the days will be spent sailing around Geographe Bay, visiting places like Quindalup, Castle Rock, Meelup, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay.  We can also sail north to visit Koombana Bay in Bunbury. Lunchtime is normally spent on a mooring or we can drop anchor in one of the beautiful bays, and there is always time for a swim.  Evenings are spent either in the marina, on a mooring or at anchor and one evening we will be out on the water for a few hours to experience sailing at night.

What do I get?

You will receive a complimentary RYA logbook and at the end of the course, you will have reached the level required to be a useful member of the crew and you will be awarded the RYA Competent Crew certificate to go in your log book. 

What do I need to bring?

The course includes accommodation onboard and all meals and we will send you a copy of our joining instructions when you book.  These tell you what to bring and where our yacht is located.  Please click the following link if you would like to read the joining instructions now Joining Instructions 

Is there anything I need to do before the course?

The RYA Competent Crew course does not require anything to be done beforehand, but you can buy the RYA Competent Crew Skills handbook as a reference. 

This course can also be completed over three weekends, please contact us for this option.

Sailing courses operate with a maximum of 5 students and one instructor.

Next steps: - RYA Dayskipper Theory then RYA Dayskipper Practical

For multiple courses, please check out our Sailing Course Discounted Packages page

Contact us on 0412 060 130 or email sailing@oceanwest.net.au