RYA Competent Crew Courses Brighton

RYA Competent Crew Courses

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.

RYA Competent Crew course includes:

  • Helmsmanship
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Essential safety procedures
  • Rules of the road
  • Meteorology
  • Man overboard
  • Manners & customs

Choose from weekday or weekend courses:

Weekend Competent Crew Courses

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.

Weekday Courses

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 highlights of the course were: Very clear instruction. Growth in confidence in handling the boat. Great team work and team spirit

Liam Byrne

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

Gerard Philips,

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!

Harold Brun

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!

Sophie Cotton

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

Nancy Pickford

Outstanding course. Content delivered in a efficient, effective and friendly way

Alex Moody

Course Objective:

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.

Prerequisite:

None.

Duration:

Run over 5 continuous days or two weekends (the second weekend is a long weekend).

Where:

Brighton Marina, BN2 5UP

Availability:

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.

Booking:

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.

Map / Directions
What to Bring
Membership
Cancellation Policy

Lagoon Watersports @ Brighton Marina
Pontoon 6
Western Concourse
Brighton Marina
BN2 5UP
UK

We have two centres in Brighton. This activity take place from Lagoon Watersports in Brighton Marina DO NOT go to Lagoon Watersports, Hove Lagoon. If you are taking a taxi please make this clear to the driver.

Finding Lagoon Watersports once you are in 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.

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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.

By Bus
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.

By Bike
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.

On foot
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.

By train 
The nearest main line station is Brighton with regular connections to Chichester, Portsmouth and London is under an hour away. nationalrail.co.uk

By Air
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.

What to Bring

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.

Weekend Part 1, Saturday & Sunday

  • Be prepared for changeable weather, bring plenty of layers
  • Quick drying clothes can be very practical, avoid jeans
  • Gloves for warmth and rope friction protection
  • Sunglasses, sunhat and suncream for summer months and woolly hats, thermals and layers for winter months
  • Deck boots and non-slip deck shoes or trainers that don’t mark
  • We can supply waterproofs for hire, Musto BR1s. You will need to order these in advance so we can have them ready for your arrival. If you have your own waterproofs, please bring them, they are a necessity
  • If you are worried or unsure whether you suffer from seasickness then pills and wrist-bands work well. Don’t arrive on an empty stomach and take tablets with breakfast if you have never been sailing on the sea before, sometimes the motion takes a while to get used to
  • Packed lunch so you have the option to stay out on the water

Weekend Part 2, Saturday – Monday

  • Quick drying clothes can be very practical, avoid jeans
  • There is limited space on board, only bring one large bag
  • Gloves for warmth and rope friction protection
  • Sunglasses, sunhat and suncream for summer months and woolly hats, thermals and layers for winter months
  • Deck boots and non-slip deck shoes or trainers that don’t mark
  • We can supply waterproofs for hire, Musto BR1s. You will need to order these in advance so we can have them ready for your arrival. If you have your own waterproofs, please bring them, they are a necessity
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and towel
  • If you are worried or unsure whether you suffer from seasickness then pills and wrist-bands work well. Don’t arrive on an empty stomach and take tablets with breakfast if you have never been sailing on the sea before, sometimes the motion takes a while to get used to
  • Over 3 days and 2 nights we supply: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner. Meals will be nutritious with a few treats thrown in. Feel free to bring any extra food you may want.

5 day continuous course, Monday – Friday

  • Be prepared for changeable weather, bring plenty of layers
  • Quick drying clothes can be very practical, avoid jeans
  • There is limited space on board, only bring one large bag
  • Gloves for warmth and rope friction protection
  • Sunglasses, sunhat and suncream for summer months and woolly hats, thermals and layers for winter months
  • Deck boots and non-slip deck shoes or trainers that don’t mark
  • We can supply waterproofs for hire, Musto BR1s. You will need to order these in advance so we can have them ready for your arrival. If you have your own waterproofs, please bring them, they are a necessity
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and towel
  • Passport as you may go to France
  • If you are worried or unsure whether you suffer from seasickness then pills and wrist-bands work well. Don’t arrive on an empty stomach and take tablets with breakfast if you have never been sailing on the sea before, sometimes the motion takes a while to get used to
  • The marina fees are not included and vary and are shared during the week. Please allow £25 for the week.
  • Over 5 days and 4 nights we supply: Four breakfasts, five lunches and one dinner. Meals will be nutritious with a few treats thrown in. Feel free to bring any extra food you may want.

 

Our Coastal Membership Club gives you unique and exciting opportunities out on the sea from Brighton Marina. Our aim is to offer people easy access to boating without all the hassles and fees of owning a boat.

  • Practice sailing on a regular basis and improve upon your skills
  • Access to yachts, keel boats and jet skis
  • Attend our weekly RYA Instructor led clinics and social events
  • Partake in mile building, yacht trips or racing events
  • Meet new people that you can sail with
  • Get out on the water independently or as part of a team
  • Introduce friends and family to the sport
  • 15% Discount on RYA Training Courses

 

Changing Bookings

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 Insurance
You 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.

Our Advice

  • If you pay by credit card your cancellation may be covered by your credit card provider.
  • Consider taking out course cancellation insurance.
  • Your holiday insurance may cover you for course where you stay on our boats.

Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation charges
You 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 £20
2 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £50
3 days notice this will cost you an additional £100
24 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150

Postponement by us due to bad weather
On 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%.

Weekdays

RYA Competent Crew Courses Over 5 Consecutive Days – Monday to Friday

  • Includes breakfasts and lunches

This 5 day practical course will give you a fantastic introduction in to the yachting world. 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.

For more information please download our pre course information pack.

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Weekend 1
Weekend 2

Weekend 1 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.

For more information please download our pre course information pack.

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Weekend 2 starts at 09:00 on Saturday and finishes 16:00 on Monday.

You will stay onboard the yacht for the long weekend and the course will include a night sail.

Includes :
2 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
1 Dinner

Potential destinations will be Eastbourne, Littlehampton or Chichester.

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Yacht Courses at Lagoon Watersports

  • Well maintained yachts with expert tuition
  • Brighton Marina is the perfect gateway to the open sea
  • Less than 3 miles from Brighton Pier right on the sea front at Brighton Marina
  • Suitable for beginners to advanced sailors
  • Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 5 people to ensure individual attention
  • Run by highly experienced, qualified and friendly RYA instructors
  • All specialised equipment is provided, including lifejackets
  • Great marina facilities with changing rooms and hot showers as well as restaurants, bars, shops, cinema and even a casino!