RYA Competent Crew
CREW COURSES are an ideal
introduction to cruising. They teach personal safety,
seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required
to be a useful member of crew of a cruising yacht.
The course will cover basic boat handling skills,
helmsmanship, sail handling, mooring and ropecraft.
The Competent Crew course is perfect
for beginners. It is intended to teach the skills
and techniques required to crew an offshore yacht.
No previous experience is necessary and a complete
novice can attend this Course. The Syllabus is broken
down into sub paragraphs showing the subjects and
skills taught on the Course.
Knowledge of sea terms and parts of the boat,
her rigging and sails
Sufficient knowledge to understand
orders concerning the sailing and day to day running
Bending on, setting, reefing and
handling of sails.
Use of sheets and halyards
and their associated winches.
Handling ropes, including coiling,
stowing, securing to cleats and single and double
Ability to tie the following knots and know their
correct use: figure of eight, clove hitch, rolling
hitch, bowline, round term and two half hitches, single
and double sheet bend, reek knot.
Fire precautions and fighting
Awareness of the hazards of fire
and the precautions necessary to prevent fire
Knowledge of the action taken in the event of fire.
Personal safety equipment
Understands and complies with the
rules for wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets
personal buoyancy aids.
Understands the action to be taken
to recover a man overboard.
Can operate distress flares and
knows how they should be used
Understands how to launch and board a liferaft.
Manners and customs
Understands the accepted practice
with regard to: use of burgees and ensigns, prevention
unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including
courtesies to other craft berthed
Aware of the responsibility of yacht skippers to protect
Rules of the Road
Is able to keep an efficient lookout
Understands and complies with loading
Is able to handle a dinghy under oars.
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