Sailing school
Sailing School

Competent Crew - 552 per person

The Competent Crew course is designed for the newcomer to sailing and we deliver the fundamental skills and knowledge for personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship in a fun filled environment. Our ratio of 1 instructor to 5 students ensures plenty of attention to the development of individual students. This practical course is spent on board one of our modern yachts where you will not only complete the RYA Competent Crew syllabus but also experience the joys of life on the water. By the end of the course you will be a confident and capable crew member. Our Competent Crew courses can be run in conjunction with our Day Skipper course which benefits the students with shared knowledge and experiences. The Competent Crew students can gain a view on the skills required for the next level, whilst the Day Skipper candidates develop their new found skippering skills.

First Evening

Meet your Instructor and fellow crew members at Neyland Marina. Over the crews first supper together your instructor will explain the weather forecast and tidal conditions for the days ahead and discuss the course itinerary. Before jumping into sleeping bags for a good nights rest, you may wish to explore the marina facilities and pop into one of the local hostelries.

First Day

The boat orientation allows you to familiarise yourself with all with the working parts of a sailing vessel from stem to stern. Your instructor will take you through the aspects of sea safety and safety equipment. Each crew member will be carefully considered and fitted with all required safety gear. Now the sailing begins. Day one is spent in the estuary, which offers a huge expanse of relatively sheltered water. This is the ideal environment for you to familiarise yourself with how to work the boat ? putting sails up and down, reefing or reducing sail and of course steering the vessel. As the first day draws to a close we will navigate to a picturesque anchorage or mooring. Over a freshly prepared evening meal your skipper will review the achievements of the day. Evening course work for students may include the washing up and inflating the dinghy for a shore based refreshment.

The Rest

Exact itineraries are difficult to forecast due to varying weather and tidal conditions, however the full RYA Competent Crew syllabus will be delivered in this unique coastal location. Pembrokeshire?s waterways combine a large sheltered estuary with commercial shipping lines, spectacular coastlines, a host of marine nature reserve Islands , picturesque harbours and anchorages all set within the UK?s only Coastal National Park. Many of our students manage to capture some of our famous wildlife found around our shores from dolphins, seals, puffins and other rare seabirds. Check out our gallery board for some of our student experiences.

Before you arrive

A Start Yachting certificate is suggested, but not essential, prior to starting the Competent Crew Practical. And there is no need to go splashing out on the latest sailing gear, as we provide all the necessary wet weather garments and required safety equipment. A pair of waterproof gloves and a snugly fitting hat would be a good investment though. On arrival you can purchase your RYA Cruising Log Book which will be signed off by your instructor and be your personal log of sea miles and sailing experience you have gained.

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Flexible Courses and Dates The Competent Crew Practical course can be completed in the following ways.

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