The RYA Competent Crew course is for beginner yacht sailors and those who would like to become an active member of the crew rather than just a passenger.
This is a five day hands on course will teach you how to crew a yacht and on completion you should be able to assist in all the day to day duties onboard. On this course you will stay aboard the yacht so that you really do live and understand the whole yachting experience. Your course will be onboard our fantastic performance Beneteau yachts, with our experienced and professional skippers.
Part 1 - The first weekend starts at 09:00 and finishes at 17:00 from Brighton Marina on Saturday and Sunday. You will be sailing in the Brighton area and will not need to stay onboard.
Part 2 - The second weekend starts at 09:00 on Saturday and finishes 16:00 on Monday from Brighton Marina. You will stay onboard the yacht for the long weekend and the course will include a night sail. Potential destinations will be Eastbourne, Littlehampton or Chichester.
For more information please download our pre course information pack.
5 Day Continuous - If you are taking the five day continuous course it will be Monday-Friday. You will stay onboard the yacht and depending on weather conditions you will be sailing across to France or heading towards the Solent. You will be staying in different ports to give you as much sailing experience as possible whilst covering all the syllabus of RYA Competent Crew. In either direction you will have a fantastic sailing experience, visiting great locations with a professional experienced skipper to guide you through your course.
The Competent Crew course will enable you to become a valuable crew member. You will be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout and be able to assist in all the daily routines. After completing your Competent Crew course you will have enough experince to embark upon your RYA Dayskipper Course.
Run over 5 continuous days or two weekends (the second weekend is a long weekend).
Brighton Marina, BN2 5UP
Courses are run weekends from Febuary to the end of November. If you cannot find a date please contact us. Private tuition and own boat tuition is also available.
Book online from the dates below or call 01273 42 48 42 option 1 or email us.
If you cannot find a date please contact us.
Booking terms and conditions apply and rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.
Lagoon Watersports @ Brighton Marina
Head towards the waterfront where you will see all the cafes and restaurants. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large bridge heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.
To Brighton Marina by car
Approaching the marina from the A27 take the B2123. Turn right at first set of traffic lights, signposted Brighton Town Centre, Racecourse and Marina Village. Turn left at second set of traffic lights, pass the Racecourse and follow the signs for the Marina Village where there is free parking for 1500 cars in the multi-storey car park. From the car park you can either go across a linking bridge on level 6 or from the ground floor of the car park towards all the waterfront cafes and bars. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large ramp heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.
Brighton and Hove bus service operates a number 7 bus approximately every 15 minutes 24 hours a day, from Brighton Town Centre (North Street or Queens Road), to the Marina Village.
Brighton Marina has a bike share station which is either pay per minute or a yearly membership, go to https://www.btnbikeshare.com for more information. For your own bike, racks are available on the main concourses of the pontoons. You must use the racks and not leave bikes on the pontoons otherwise Premier Marina will take them away.
Brighton Marina is a pleasant walk along the seafront from the centre of Brighton, it is 20 minutes walk from the main West Pier. During the summer you will also find the Volks electric railway operates along the front.
The nearest main line station is Brighton with regular connections to Chichester, Portsmouth and London is under an hour away. nationalrail.co.uk
Brighton is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick international airports. Follow the A23 from Gatwick to Brighton. Shoreham airport is also available for private light aircraft.
If you are taking weekend yacht courses the first weekend will be Part 1, Saturday & Sunday, the second weekend will be Part 2, Saturday - Monday. If you are taking the five day continuous course it will be Monday-Friday. Below is a useful list of what to bring for these courses.
On our yacht courses we use either our Beneteau 36.7 or Beneteau First 35, these are cruiser/racers with great performance – perfect for learning and RYA courses. They are commercially coded with safety equipment to the highest standard.
We also offer sailing courses in our smaller Delphia 24 keelboats, These 8 metre performance boats are used for racing and day sailing, very responsive boats for our RYA sailing courses.
If you would like more practice after your yacht courses or RYA Sailing Level 2 we offer:
When you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking. That means we are unable to offer that space to anyone else.
If you cancel that space we are likely to incur a loss. We will have already made commitments to staff and we may have turned away other bookings. We are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss.
We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations. If we did not do this we would have to put up our prices for everyone.
Our cancellation policy applies in all circumstances including no shows, illness, relocation, transport failure and bereavement.
Course Cancellation InsuranceYou can take out insurance to cover the cost of your course against cancellation through CancelSure. Guide cost is £12 for the first £100 of cover and then £6 per additional £100 of cover.
Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions
Cancellation chargesYou may cancel your course/event at any time. Written notification from the Lead Name in your group is required. Cancellation will only be accepted on payment of the cancellation charges as set out below. The following cancellation fees apply :
• More than 8 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit• Less than 8 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event
At our discretion, we may allow a forfeited deposit to be used towards an alternative course/event run by us or the same course on an alternative date. In each case, such a booking will be at the price prevailing at the time of re-booking and subject to an admin charge of £25 for courses over £150 and £10 for courses under £150. In these circumstances we offer significant discounts on rebooking within 12 months.
The discount is based on how much notice was given for the booking cancellation and non discounted course rates:
• More than 4 weeks before course/event – 90% discount on full brochure rates• 2- 4 weeks before course/event – 75% discount on full brochure rates• 13 days – 72 hours before course/event – 50% discount on full brochure rates• 72 hours or less – 25% discount on full brochure rates
For example if you book a course worth £200 and need to change the date of that course:
4 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £202 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £503 days notice this will cost you an additional £10024 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150
Postponement by us due to bad weatherOn some occasions courses may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates, no refund will be available.
On some occasions group events may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates.If you are unable or unwilling to accept these new dates then we will refund you the full cost of the course less 15%.
The highlights of the course were: Very clear instruction. Growth in confidence in handling the boat. Great team work and team spirit
Our instructor Jo is brilliant. Excellent teacher. Very knowledgeable and capable. The highlight of the course was the sunrise as we sailed out of Gosport
Steve was a fantastic instructor and I had a great 5 days onboard with the rest of the crew. Great company and lots of fun!
The instructors were really helpful and aware of our individual needs. I loved this weekend, I want to do more! Lovely instructors and great fun!
I was dreading 5 days sailing, but I knew it was sensible as we have a boat. In fact I absolutely loved it! Ollie was a superb instructor and it was great to have different crew of varying abilities
Outstanding course. Content delivered in a efficient, effective and friendly way