RYA Competent Crew Course

Practical Sailing Courses in Gibraltar and Spain

RYA Competent Crew Sailing Courses in Gibraltar and Spain

Learn to sail with an RYA Competent Crew course at ROCK. Competent Crew is one of the most valuable sailing courses as it introduces the complete beginner to sailing, teaching personal safety and seamanship to the level required to be a useful member of crew on a small yacht.

From our base in Gibraltar you will experience tidal sailing in the warm waters of the Mediterranean and Atlantic visiting the Costa del Sol and Morocco. Real hands on sailing experience with RYA qualified instructors at one of the best sailing schools in Southern Europe.

Our RYA Competent Crew sailing courses take place over 5 days all year round.

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PRICE: £749 per person

£895 single occupancy private cabin
£1,450 double occupancy private cabin
£2,800 private yacht

If you choose not to guarantee your own cabin, you may be allocated one of the two saloon berths. Couples, friends or family can guarantee a double occupancy private cabin which can be set up as a twin, or double.

Experience None – This course is for beginners who would like to start learning to sail.
Course Outline This 5 day hands-on sailing course is about learning about yachts and sailing. We teach you rope work, boat terminology, sail handling and personal safety. By the end of the week you will a knowledgeable member of crew.
Duration Course schedule – 5pm on Sunday until 10am on Saturday. Includes accommodation on Sunday night and Friday night.
Includes Accommodation Onboard
Fresh bed linen
Continental breakfasts, light lunches, refreshments
Loan of quality wet weather gear, lifejacket and harness line
Mooring Fees
Numbers Max 5 students per yacht

Course Itinerary Competent Crew

Meet and greet:
Upon arrival at Ocean Village marina at around 5pm on Sunday evening, your Instructor for the week will introduce you to the yacht you will be sailing and your home for the duration of the course. You will be given a basic safety brief including how to work the heads, get on and off safely and turn on the gas for a cup of tea, and then everyone is free to settle in and get to know your fellow crew members. Decide among yourself what time you want to have dinner and we will book you in to a local restaurant.

Day 1
Wake up to the sunshine and, after a continental breakfast onboard, we begin at around 0930 with a full safety brief. We introduce you to nautical terms, parts of the yacht and how to handle the lines safely. We leave the berth later in the morning with one of our Day Skipper students taking the yacht out under the watchful eye of the Instructor. Hoist the mainsail, unfurl the headsail and practice some sailing manoeuvres in the Bay of Gibraltar. You will change crew positions so everyone has a chance to helm, as well as act as a crewmember. After a busy morning, lunch will be on board, usually at anchor.

After lunch, more sailing exercises like tacking, gybing and heaving to. As a Competent Crew, our focus will be on teaching you to be a competent crewmember so you will be handling lines while mooring up, learning which knots to use and how to tie a yacht up safely. You will be helming the yacht as well and keeping a good look out for the skipper. Finish is usually around 1800 on day one.

The evening is spent back in Ocean Village marina where you will have some free time to explore Gibraltar, soak up the sun and enjoy the local culture. We have many recommendations for dinner in the old town or around the marina.

Day 2
After breakfast today, someone will act as “Skipper of the Day” and will plan a passage to another port in ether in Spain or Morocco. Usually everyone watches the passage plan taking shape and might help with calculating the tides and preparing a pilotage into the next port under the guidance of your instructor. Morning will be spent on mooring up practice and some more exercises before setting off on the passage in the afternoon. The finishing time may be later than day one depending upon the destination. Upon arrival in the evening you will have time to explore the local area and, in summer, go for a swim. Every marina we visit has a beach or pool close by.

Day 3 and 4
These two days are much the same as day 2 with overnight stops at other ports. You may find yourself in Morocco or anywhere along the Costa del Sol. Every Day Skipper will have the chance to act as skipper for a passage and there will be time in the morning or afternoon to do some mooring up practice. The focus during the Competent Crew course is on becoming familiar with a yacht and it’s many workings so that you can safely sail with friends and know the correct nautical terms for common requests from the skipper. One evening you will do a night sail which will allow you to discover the many navigational lights on ships and on land.

Day 5
Today you will be returning to our home port of Ocean Village, Gibraltar. Depending on where the third passage took us, we will spend the day either on passage or in the Bay putting the final touches to your new skills. Once back in the berth, everyone gets involved in securing the yacht, switching the instruments off, tidying the chart table and hosing the deck down. Your Instructor will sign logbooks and award certificates as appropriate. The course will be finished by 1700 hrs.

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