East Sail - Sailing School & Sailing Trainings

02 9327 1166

Rushcutters Bay, Sydney Harbour

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Competent Crew Courses



Ready for more fun on the water?

Having learnt the basics in the Start Yachting Course and been captivated by the thrill of sailing, or if you have previous sailing experience, the next step is the Competent Crew course. This will help you build up your skills, confidence and experience. 

Competent Crew Inshore Course

Hone your sailing skills with the Inshore Competent Crew course on the beautiful playground of Sydney Harbour. This sailing course is
taught aboard our purpose built Sydne
y 36 sailing school yachts.

Pre-requisite: Start Yachting course or previous sailing


experience and the knowledge of: the difference between
tacking and gybing, basic rules, sailing on all points, steering around a triangular course.

4 x 3 hour lessons, this timing is flexible - 1 lesson a week, all 4 in one weekend or whatever suits your schedule, let us know your preference. Weekend lesson postponement must be made prior to 1pm on Wednesday.

Inclusions: Safety gear, use of spray jackets
See below            

Ability After Course: Useful Crew Member
Courses commence regularly

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Competent Crew Offshore Course

The course is designed for sailors who want to consolidate their skills and move to offshore and night sailing and RYA certification. The techniques and precise maneuvers you learn in this course will give you a deserved sense of accomplishment.  This course is taught aboard our Beneteau 40.7 and Beneteau First 40 yachts. These are well equipped, stylish performance yachts ideally suited to RYA offshore training.

Pre-requisite: Start Yachting course and/or Competent Crew Inshore or comparable experience.
Format: 2, 3 or 5 day live-aboard course*

Inclusions: All safety gear, use of wet weather gear, meals aboard
Syllabus: See below            
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*RYA certification: To achieve the RYA Competent Crew certificate you need:
1. A minimum 5 days of courses, including 3 days offshore. The minimum requirement is the Start Yachting Course and 1 x 3 day offshore. We recommend the Start Yachting Course, Competent Crew Inshore and either 1 x 3 day or 2 x 2 day Competent Crew Offshore courses.
2. You also need to demonstrate understanding and competence in the skills taught.
If you are able to achieve the skill level without completing 5 days of training we are able to endorse your log book but cannot issue the RYA Competent Crew certificate as 5 days training (course completion) is a requirement of certification.

Competent Crew Syllabus:

Reefing the mainsail                                    Personal safety equipment
Sail handling, rope work and knots             Emergency equipment
Man overboard procedure                           Dinghy towing and rowing
Poling the headsail & fore deckwork           Meteorology & basic chartwork
Safety and equipment                                 Living aboard
Headsail changes underway                       Docking, mooring & anchoring   
Knowledge of terms & parts of the boat     Victualling
Rules of the road RYA-competent-crew-course                                        Safety check lists
Helmsmanship and sail trim                        Stowage/pack up of gear

For more detailed info see pages 12-14 in RYA log book   
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You can check out the answers to questions that are regularly asked on our FAQ's page

For more information on our RYA learn to sail courses on beautiful Sydney Harbour and along the picturesque NSW coast please contact us on 02 9327 1166 or training@eastsail.com.au

Course payments are valid for 12 months, packages for 18 months. Refunds are not available. Click here to see postponement and payment information terms and conditions

Discover sailing and learn to sail with EastSail sailing school! Our marina is adjacent to the Cruising Yacht Club in Rushcutters Bay, our Competent Crew Offshore courses sail inshore and offshore on the adjacent coastline. We also run RYA learn to sail adventure courses up and down the NSW and Queensland coasts in July-September each year. If you would like more information on our sailing school or any aspect of learning to sail, please call Bryony on 93271166.

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