RYA Competent Crew

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For all of our RYA sailing courses, Devon and Cornwall provide the backdrop of stunning scenery. This RYA Competent Crew Course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.

As part of your competent crew training, you will experience onboard living aboard one of our high quality, modern and spotlessly clean yachts. With your own double cabin*, this hands-on, active sailing course will provide you with a real taste of the skills required to successfully crew a yacht. By the end of the course, you will be able to helm, manage sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board.

When training with us, not only will you be working to achieve your RYA Competent Crew qualification in Devon, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful locations in the west-country. Throughout our RYA sailing courses, Devon and Cornwall guarantee fabulous sailing ground with immediate access to stunning locations. Imagine leaving Plymouth Sound, training throughout the day on the yacht, then arriving at the quaint town of Salcombe. After mooring the yacht in Salcombe Harbour, head ashore to explore the local pubs and to plan the next day at sea with your crew mates. Perhaps you would prefer to heading west, where the beautiful and picturesque Cornish town of Fowey beckons you for your overnight stay aboard the yacht? Either way, whether you choose to head to Salcombe or Fowey, there are plenty of good reasons to complete your RYA sailing courses in Devon.

Our base location, King Point Marina in Plymouth, is conveniently located close to Plymouth mainline train station – less than 5-minutes away in a taxi. With private, clean and well-maintained showering facilities, this modern marina offers high-quality amenities for you to use. With local pubs and restaurants all within walking distance, it is an ideal location to begin your west-country based sailing adventures.

Rated as a 5-star sailing company on TripAdvisor, we are confident that you will have the best sailing experience available when you choose to take your RYA sailing courses in Devon with Devon Sailing Experiences.

For the comfort of all of our guests, our yachts are designated non-smoking to maintain their high-quality.

Key RYA course information can be found under the Additional Information tab.

Plymouth is the starting location for our RYA Day Skipper, Devon. Arrive at 18:00 the evening before you set sail.

Competent crew courses can be added to our sailing experiences of 5 days or more.

Typical student to instructor ratio is 3:1. Maximum student ratio is 4:1. Maximum single purchase online is for 3 attendees. Please contact us if you would like to book more places.

* Couples share unless separate cabins are requested. Please discuss your requirements at the point of your booking.

RYA official Competent Crew Page

Additional information

Pre-course experience and assumed knowledge


Minimum duration

5 days.
If you have completed the Start Yachting course, this course can be completed in 3 or 4 days.

Minimum age

Although there is no minimum age, we recommend 12 years. This is due to physical strength required for some of the tasks students will be expected to complete.
Under 18s MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Course content

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, meteorology, seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road, dinghies.

Ability after course

Able to helm, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines.


Price stated is per person. If opting to pay a deposit, full payment must be received 8 weeks prior to your sailing date. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.


5 nights accommodation aboard the yacht, your own double cabin, freshly laundered sheets, pillows and pillowcases, meals aboard the yacht, mooring fees, gas and fuel, fully-qualified Yachtmaster instructor.


King Point Marina, Plymouth, Devon.
Arrive 18:00 the evening before you set sail.

Car Parking

You are welcome to enter the marina car park to drop off passengers and bags but will need to relocate your car to the nearby pay and display car park. This is the Western Approach car park (an 11-minute walk away from the marina).


Please refer to the Terms and Conditions on our website. You are strongly recommended to take out insurance in the event of your cancellation outside our Terms and Conditions.

Devon Sailing Experiences may need to cancel upon advice received from the Skipper based on forecast sailing conditions. You will be notified 3 days prior to your sail. In this case, please refer to our Terms and Conditions which can be found on our website.


We are only able to run our RYA courses with a minimum of 3 students.