RYA Competent Crew

Ideal place to start. You will be worth your weight in gold on any yacht!

Course information

A very thorough five full days introduction into the sport of yacht sailing.

Students live on board one of our modern, well maintained cruising yachts, and experience all aspects of sailing.

Our professional and friendly instructors will ensure you not only complete the Competent Crew syllabus but also introduce some boat handling under sail and power.

By the end of the course you will be both competent and confident to sail with others and have learnt all that is required to crew effectively. Accommodation is on board for the week.

Successfull completion

Successful candidates will be awarded an RYA Competent Crew certificate. Successful completion of a course will give you the confidence to be a member of cruising or racing crew.

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

Ability after the course

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

Other information

Age requirements: 11 to 17 accompanied by parent or guardian. Over 18 – no guardian required!

Minimal experience: None

Duration: 5 days. Start time of the course 18.00, end time of the course 15.00

Maximum number of students per boat: 4 or 5

What’s included: All food on board, fuel, marina fees, pillow and pillow case

Not included: Sleeping bag hire (available at £15 per 5 days), wet weather gear hire (available at £25 per 5 days). For details of what you should bring please have a look here.



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Available dates

  • 02 – 07 March
  • 07 – 12 March
  • 06 – 11 April
  • 11 – 16 April
  • 27 April – 02 May
  • 02 – 07 May
  • 01 – 06 June
  • 06 – 11 June
  • 13 – 18 July
  • 18 – 23 July
  • 17 – 22 August
  • 22 – 27 August
  • 07 – 12 September
  • 12 – 17 September
  • 05 – 10 October
  • 10 – 15 October
  • 02 – 07 November
  • 07 – 12 November

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Not sure about paying online? No problem, call us and we can take payment over the phone. Or if you have any questions, we are here!

01273 987 087 or 07980 213 020

I came for a 5 days course and it was freeezing! I did come in February though, so serves me right. There was a proper heater onboard though, so we we fine. The course structure was excellent, Aubrey [instructor] really knew his stuff and it was fun. Lots of mooring, which is what I was after. Feel much more confident now, and thanks for the pies, v. good 🙂

James Clover

IT Consultant

Staying in a different marina every night was the highlight for me. This is what cruising is about, I guess, so not coming back to Mercury was ideal, I got to know the Solent pretty well. Lee [instructor] was good at stepping back and letting us do it ourselves, which was very useful. Thanks again, and see you next year!

Dan Collier


Hi guys, just a quick note to say THANKS! I was really nervous, but it was all good in the end. We just practiced every day and little by little I figured it out, I can moor! Still a little nervous, but the basics are there now, I understand what needs to be done. I’ll come back for the mile building, I think. All in all, the course was well structured, very much hands on and I liked the boat, very plush :J Thanks for a great week!

Elena Godfrey

Projects director, WorldVision UK