RYA Competent Crew

Course pre-requisite: None. This is a beginners practical sea based course and assumes no previous sailing experience.
Course duration: 5 days or two weekends.

During this course you will build your confidence and skills needed to crew a sailing yacht under the direction of an experienced skipper. This is a practical sailing course at sea, just some of the key skills you’ll learn include handling the sails, steering the boat known as helming, sail changing, rope work and safety.

Prerequisite: Start Yachting recommended not essential
Info: You may be asked to share a cabin with another participant
All inclusive
5 day live-aboard
Meals included
Gear included
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Course outcome

After successful completion of the Competent Crew course you will possess the ability and knowledge to confidently crew a yacht. You will be issued with either an Irish Sailing Association (ISA) or Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Competent Crew Certificate.

Additional information

This course is run with a max ratio of 5 students to 1 instructor ensuring individual tuition and comfortable living conditions. Our cruising ground is the spectacular West Cork coast from Cork to Bantry Bay. You may spend 4 nights on board and the price is inclusive of all meals on board the sailing yacht and all equipment needed.

Course Dates

5 consecutive days:

  • March 4th - 8th
  • April 29th - May 3rd
  • May 8th - 12th
  • May 22nd - 26th
  • June 12th - 16th
  • July
  • August
  • September

Split course over 2 weekends, one 3 day and one 2 day:

  • February 17th - 19th & 25th / 26th
  • March 17th - 19th & 25th / 26th (St Patricks Day inc)
  • April 8th - 10th & 15th / 16th
  • May 12th - 14th & 20th / 21st
  • June 3rd - 5th & 10th / 11th
  • July
  • August
  • September


  • More courses to be scheduled soon.. watch this space 🙂

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No experience or sailing knowledge is needed to participate in this course.
On the day of your course, we'll provide with all the essential sailing gear at no additional cost. We recommend you wear comfortable clothing under your sailing gear, wear sunglasses and use sunscreen, and to bring a warm hat, gloves, and socks. Prior to the day of your course, we'll send you an email with more details on what you should bring with you.
Yes, please leave us a note during the checkout process with details on any special diets and/or allergies.
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the UK national governing body for most forms of watersports activities. RYA certifications are the most internationally recognized yachting qualifications in the world. The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) is the national governing body for sailing, powerboating, and windsurfing in Ireland.
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