RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper Sailing Practical

Course Duration :  5 days 
Course Cost : From £399
course ratio: 4 students to 1 instructor 
Course Location :  Shamrock Quay Marina, Southampton
Joining Instructions :Download here
Recommended Reading : RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques G84 ( £15 )
Course Prerequisite : No assumed knowledge
Minimum Age 12+ accompanied by adult. 18+ unaccompanied 
Who Is This Course For ? Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, 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

The RYA Competent Crew Sail Cruising Course is one of the most popular sailing course in the UK. Running over 5 days it brings students with no experience of yacht sailing up to the level of being a very useful member of the yachts crew.  We run courses during the week and at weekends,  just check our live course calendar here

Our courses have only 4 students with just 2 being competent crew.

Other sailing schools run courses with 5 students, so much less helm time per student.

Course Formats & Details

Courses run in a choice of 2 formats :-

5 consecutive days - Monday to Friday costing from £399 (low season) to £899 (high season) 

5 consecutive days - Wednesday to Sunday costing from £399 (low season) to £899 (high season) 

We may not offer the Cheapest courses, but with our low student to instructor ratios and all inclusive pricing, we do believe we offer the best value for money. 


During this RYA competent crew practical course you will cover practical navigation, pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and watch skippering techniques. We combine students taking their Day Skipper course along side students on the Competent Crew course, so you experience a wider range of sailing.  Our course fee is from £399 per student with a maximum of 4 students per course. This includes shared accommodation aboard with onsite parking available. We also include all fuel, mooring fees and waterproofs. Every student beds their own bed.

Minimum student age is 12. Under 18`s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


RYA Competent Crew Low Ratio Sailing Course

The RYA allows a maximum of 5 students on the competent crew practical course, with the course based totally on board the yacht this can usually mean sharing a cabin with a stranger. At Solent Boat Training we run a lower student to yacht ratio course and so offer you your own bed for the 4 nights of the course.

Why not book the whole yacht for a private course for up to 4 students from just £1596 at low season.


Bavaria 37 Competent Crew Cruising Yacht

Our trio of Bavaria 37ft cruising yachts have 3 double cabins and 2 single berths in the saloon. Their large galley and bathroom ensure your time on board is enjoyable at every point as we travel around the Solent.

Our  RYA competent crew practical course runs from our Shamrock Quay marina base in Southampton. Every course is different, but you will enjoy nights on board several of the following marinas : Ocean Village marina, Port Hamble marina, East Cowes marina, Haslar marina and Lymington Yacht Haven marina. Each of these marinas have excellent facilities such as bars, bistros, laundry, shops and showers that compliment the yacht own facilities.

RYA Competent Crew Practical Course

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