RYA Competent Crew


The 5 day RYA Competent Crew course is designed to make you a capable member of a friendly sail cruising crew.

Course Content:

During the course you will take turns helming and trimming the sails, assisting in all manoeuvres, from leaving the dock to anchoring in one of our turquoise bays, learning knots, nautical terms and participating in a variety of exercises, from man overboard recoveries to picking up mooring balls under sail. 

In this live-aboard class in the Caribbean, you will begin at our base in Jolly Harbour on the west coast of Antigua and might sail both north towards our beautiful beaches or south to English Harbour and Falmouth, or possibly around the whole island of Antigua. There will be sightseeing, swimming and relaxing opportunities after a full day of sailing. There is also the chance to sail to gorgeous Barbuda depending on the weather.

There is no exam at the end of the course, as it is a continuous learning and evaluative experience during the week. 

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll receive the RYA Competent Crew Certificate.

Prerequisites for the course:

  • Minimum age – 12 years old
  • No previous sailing experience needed
  • You can order a RYA Competent Crew Skills book (paper or e-book) on RYA SHOP. It is not mandatory, but might be very useful before and during your course

Next Steps:

Following your RYA Competent Crew Course, and with maybe a little more experience, you will be able to move towards your RYA Day Skipper course, possibly first taking the RYA Day Skipper Theory course (online or in a classroom) and then joining us for the RYA Day Skipper Practical course – maybe at our base in Tuscany, Italy or again with us here in the Caribbean!


Included Safety equipment

Accommodation on board in a shared cabin

Sheets, pillow cover, quick dry towel

Docking fees

Fuel, water

Teaching materials

RYA Certificate

Not included Food provisioning to share with other students

Transport to and from the school

Duration 5 Days
Bring along Please download “Joining Instructions” below



Minimum rate of 3 Students – Maximum of 5

1330$ USD per person

414A Jolly Harbour, Antigua