Course Info
  • Instructor: Student Ratio – 1:4

  • 7 day course

  • No previous experience

  • Age 12+

Competent Crew Course Summary

This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.

Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. 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 will have covered practical navigation, pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and watch skippering techniques. We combine this course with the Day Skipper course so students sail alongside each other to experience a wider range of sailing.

2024 Course Fees (Comp Crew)

All of our RYA courses are sponsored by the RAF Sports Charity, which allows Serving RAF personnel the opportunity to pay minimal fees. Students not currently serving can still attend, and pay a higher (but still extremely competitive) rate.

Membership Type Price
RAFSA Serving member £80
RAFSA Civilian £280
Non-RAFSA Civilian £580

During the course, additional costs will be incurred and shared among the students to cover on-board food, marina fees, and fuel. These costs will vary according to crew choices on victualing, instructor/crew choices on marina locations, weather and on how many crew are on-board but should be approximately £60 – £80 per person.

2024 Course Dates (Comp Crew)

* Courses assemble at 1600 on the first Sunday and Handover by 1300 on the last Sunday of the course.

Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 7th Apr – Sun 14th Apr 2024
Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 29th Apr –  Sun 5th May 2024
Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 19th May –  Sun 26th May 2024
Gosport – Sir Arthur
Sun 16th June –  Sun 23rd June 2024
Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 21st July –  Sun 28th July 2024
Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 18th Aug  – Sun 25th Aug 2024
Gosport – Sir Arthur
Sun 22nd Sep – Sun 29th Sep 2024
Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy is that full fees are due if cancellation is within 30 days of the course start date. Cancellation prior to that will result in loss of deposit, but this can be carried forward to another course with RAFSA(O).  For Serving personnel who are unable to attend for Service reasons, a full refund will be offered once confirmation is received from the individual’s chain of command.

Should the course be cancelled for reasons attributing to RAFSA, an alternative course will first be offered. If the student is unable to take this up, then the full cost of the course will be refunded. This will not include any additional costs relating to travel or subsistence.