RYA Competent Crew

Perfect for beginners, this course offers a supportive and immersive learning environment amidst Queensland’s stunning coastal landscapes. Unlock the door to sailing mastery with the RYA Competent Crew course. Whether you’re based in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, or exploring the pristine waters of Moreton Bay, this comprehensive program is your ticket to becoming a skilled and confident crew member.


By the end of the RYA Competent Crew course the successful Competent Crew will have sufficient knowledge and skill to be a useful and able crew member, and will be issued with the RYA Competent Crew certificate of course completion.


The RYA Competent Crew course is the perfect learn to sail course aimed for complete beginners who want to aim for more than the two day RYA Start Yachting course. It’s best for those who have spent very limited time or no time on sailing vessels, but want to be able to go sailing as a competent member of the crew onboard.

The course is planned to give you as much fun and enjoyment as possible, as you adventure and learn the fundamentals of cruising yachts. While you cruise you will learn about safety at sea and will be given lots of opportunities to master the seamanship skills of steering, changing sails, reefing and tying the essential knots as well as whats is like to live on a yacht for an extended period.

Course Duration


Start and Finish Times

0900 First Day – 1600 Last Day

Minimum Age

The recommended minimum age for this course is 12-years

Course Format

On-water aboard either a monohull or catamaran




The Competent Crew course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of crew of a cruising yacht.

  • 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
  • Manners and customs
  • Rules of the road
  • Dinghies
  • Meteorology
  • Seasickness
  • Helmsmanship and sailing

Living onboard throughout the course, each night is spent in a new place, allowing you to experience the delights of a real cruise. You will visit many of the quiet bays, anchorages and yacht harbour’s of Moreton Bay, Southeast corner of Queensland or the Whitsundays (depending on chosen course) and in the evenings there is time to relax and reflect on the events of the day.



Accommodation is on-board our yachts as you spend time out sailing the beautiful locations that we frequent.  You have the option of Shared Bunk, Single Bunk, or Own Cabin.  

Food and Dietary

Food is included in the price of the course, aside from one evening meal ashore at a local yacht club or restaurant. We will accommodate your dietary preferences including gluten free, vegan/vegetarian, lactose free, etc. You will receive a link to nominate your dietary preferences shortly after booking in for the course.