RYA Competent Crew Sail

Train to be an active crew member on a sailing boat

The 5-day RYA Competent Crew course is a sail cruising course for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members of a sailing yacht rather than just passengers. The course lasts 5 days. Open group courses normally run from Monday to Friday. If you have done the Start Yachting course, you can complete the Competent Crew course in 3 days.

Taught in English

All RYA courses are taught in English. We recommend a minimum level of B1 for 1-day and 2-day courses and a minimum level of B2 for longer courses, theory courses and specialised training, such as SRC (VHF) radio.

Quick facts

Here’s what you need to know about The Boat School RYA Competent Crew courses..

5-day intensive practical course

The Comp Crew course is taught over 5 days

All teaching takes place on-board

This is a practical course with all teaching aboard

Expect to sleep aboard

Accommodation aboard during the course

Taught by a qualified RYA Instructor

Taught by a qualified RYA Cruising Instructor

Not a skipper's qualification

You will need Day Skipper / an ICC to act as skipper

Our boats

The sailing boats we use for training on Competent Crew courses are specially equipped for sail training. Their sail plan means we can run sail courses even in light winds.
All our vessels are commercially coded and inspected by the RYA.

The details

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The 5-day RYA Competent Crew course is a sail cruising course for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members of a sailing yacht rather than just passengers. The course lasts 5 days. Open group courses normally run from Monday to Friday. The Boat School course to obtain the RYA Competent Crew certificate is taught in small groups with a maximum of five students.

Is this course for me?

The Boat School’s five-day RYA Competent Crew course aims to provide beginners with a thorough introduction to sail cruising. This course requires no previous sailing experience. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered! By the end of the course you should have all the basic skills you need to be an active and useful crew member on a sailing yacht. When you finish 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. Please note that this is not a skipper’s licence; with the RYA Competent Crew certificate, you won’t be able to charter or skipper a yacht without a qualified person on board.

You can choose to complete the course either as part of an open group or you can rent a boat for the day and complete the course with family and friends.

Open groups

With an open group booking, you book a place on a course and we’ll admit up to a maximum of five students onto that same course. This is the most economical option; however, it’s also the least flexible option if your availability is limited. The price of a seat on an open course includes fuel and mooring fees away from our base.

We publish regular course dates all year round and you can book the course directly online. If you don’t find the dates you’re looking for on our training calendar, please contact us; we schedule courses in accordance with the availability of students interested in the course.

Price per person in open group: €995

Rental & course pack

With this option, you charter a sailing yacht and we provide the instructor and teaching materials. This option gives you the maximum flexibility in terms of dates and the kind of boat we’ll use in training (subject to availability). With the rental and course pack, you’ll also have more say in the itinerary. As with any charter, you’re responsible for paying the fuel for the boat as well as mooring fees away from our home port.

The RYA Competent Crew course can be combined with other RYA courses in the sail cruising scheme. This means that you can choose a rental and course pack and have, for example, two participants preparing for the Competent Crew certificate and two candidates preparing for Day Skipper.

Please contact us for a quote for own boat tuition.

Own boat tuition

If you already own a yacht, or if you have a friend who owns a sailboat, we’re more than happy to run an RYA Competent Crew course on your own boat. This option is significantly cheaper than open groups and charters; however, you do need to make sure that your boat is up to the standard required by the RYA for training.

Please contact us for a quote for own boat tuition.

What’s included?

Your RYA Competent Crew course with The Boat School includes:

RYA Competent Crew certificate and materials
Use of light-weight inflatable life jackets
Cold water on the boat
Fuel and mooring fees (open groups only)
This course includes accommodation aboard; however, we cannot guarantee that you will have your own cabin (this depends on the type of yacht used for your course). We do guarantee:

  • Couples (or friends) will have their own cabin
  • Female participants will only share a cabin with other female students
  • Please contact us if you have any questions about accommodation

 Practical skills, including…

  • Steering under sail and power
  • Sail handling & ropework
  • Keeping a lookout at sea
  • What to do in emergencies (man overboard and fire fighting)

& just the right amount of theory, including…

  • Sea terms and parts of a sailing boat
  • The Rules of the Road
  • Weather information

We only run this course for under 18’s if the parent or guardian is taking the course at the same time.

You won’t need a medical certificate but you should be in reasonable physical shape.

Book your RYA Competent Crew course

1180€ per person in an open group

If you choose to book a place on an open group, we’ll put a maximum of three people on your course. We need two people booked onto a course before we can confirm your reservation.

To book the RYA Competent Crew  course with the Boat School, please follow these steps:

1. Choose Your Start Date: From the calendar, select your preferred start date for the five-day course.
2. Pick a Location: Based on the date you’ve chosen, select from the available locations.
3. Specify Participants: Indicate the number of people attending the course.
4. Fill Out the Form: Complete the reservation form with contact details and, if booking for others, ensure you have their personal details ready.
5. Payment: Finalize your booking with an online payment.

Remember, the course duration is five days, starting from the date you select on the calendar. Prices may vary based on the course date and the number of participants.

With The Boat School, you can choose to book your RYA Competent Crew course in an open group, charter a sailboat and get training on the boat you rent or even run the course on your own boat.

Rental with Course Pack or Own Boat tuition

The Competent Crew Own Boat / Rental option gives you maximum flexibility whether you’re looking for a small group (up to 5 students) or you want one-to-one training. You can choose between:

  • Renting a sailboat and doing the course on this boat
  • Running a course on your own boat

If you’d like a personalised quote for a rental with course pack or for own boat tuition, please use the contact form below to tell us what you’re looking for.

What our students think

Real reviews from our students..

The Boat School is part of Greenwich Náutica, a well-established sea school operating in Madrid and the Valencian Community. With a Google rating of 4.9 out of 5, Greenwich Náutica is renowned for its dedicated team of instructors, premium boats, and a wide range of courses that cater to all levels of sailors. As the only RYA school in the Valencian Community that also operates within the Spanish system, we possess unparalleled local knowledge, which adds significant value to our international students’ learning experience.

Todo genial , excelente instructor Simon!
Realice con ellos el curso de radio-operador, Guillermo fue el instructor, nos amenizó mucho el curso y aprendí mucho con el. Muy recomendable
Muy contento con la escuela... muy serios y realmente aprendes mucho. Repetiría de no ser porque he aprobado el PNB, nos vemos para el PER.
Great academy and great treatment from all those involved in the process. Highly recommended
I have had an excellent experience with the Greenwich School, last year I took the PER course and passed the exam with a good grade, and now I am doing the Yacht Skipper course, I absolutely recommend this school
Very efficient when processing my degree. They did everything for me as soon as I requested it and the little that I had to do was explained to me perfectly in an email.

Ready to book? Got any questions?

If you’re interested in this course, please complete the form below and we’ll get back to you.

Or give us a call on:

Call an RYA Boat School instructor on: 639202297

We'd be delighted to talk you through different course options and send you a personalised proposal if you need a package of courses.

The Boat School

Recognized by the Royal Yachting Association to conduct Powerboat Training, Sail Cruising courses in the Yachtmaster (sail) scheme and Shorebased (theory) courses.

Recognized by the Spanish Directorate General for Merchant Shipping, the Comunidad Valenciana and the Region of Murcia to conduct sail, motor, powerboat and VHF training.

Recoggnised by the Spanish Merchant Marine service
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