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.
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.
Weekday courses : Maximum of 5 people per courseWeekend courses : Maximum of 5 people per 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.
Maximum of 4 people per course
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.
Course Objective: These skills 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.
Course Information: The RYA Competent Crew courses are run either over three weekends or 5 days.
Alterations to Bookings at Hove Lagoon
Customers are able to rearrange course dates up to two times with no charge when Lagoon Watersports is given :
48 hours notice for courses under £75 per person
7 days notice for courses priced between £76 – £300 per person
14 days notice for course over £301 per person
If Lagoon Watersports is given less than the required notice period this considered to be a cancellation.
In circumstances when a customer requests more than two changes of a date, a rebooking fee of 50% of the course fee will be charged.
In circumstances where the customer is unable to choose new dates or Lagoon Watersports is unable to offer suitable alternative dates a credit will be applied to the customers account that is valid for 24 months.
Customers may cancel a course with written notification from the lead name in your group.
The following cancellation fees apply when Lagoon Watersports is given :
Course Cancellation by Lagoon Watersports
In circumstance where Lagoon Watersports cancels a course (Excluding Force Majeure) the customer may choose a new date or a full refund.
Postponement due to COVID-19
If you are required to self isolate via government guidelines you can reschedule you booking to a later date within our schedule availability. No refunds are available due to COVID-19.
In circumstances out of our control we will endeavour to rebook and hold credit for any activity in the future valid for 24 months. This includes cancellation by us due to COVID-19. No refunds will be given in these circumstances.
Due limited availability you can only reschedule up to 14 days prior to the course start date to give us time to fill your place, within 14 days and up to 48 hours it will cost £99 to reschedule. Within 48 hours you will need to rebook at full cost of the session/Course
Zero to Dayskipper and Learn to Sail packages are allowed a maximum of 2 changes to dates without penalties, this must be at least 7 days prior to the course date otherwise a penalty fee of £75 will be incurred
Boating experiences trips, Powerboat ride, Jet Ski Safaris
Individuals booked onto boating experiences may reschedule up to 48 hours prior to the activity, within 48 hours you will loose your booking and given a 25% discount on rebooking
You may cancel with written notification from the lead name in your group.
The following cancellation fees apply :
Group bookings confirm numbers 4 weeks prior to the event with the final balance. Any changes in numbers we will endeavour to accommodate, the following applies
Numbers increases up to 24 hours prior to the event will be accommodated as much as possible, priced per head
Number decreases up to 7 days prior to the event will be accommodated, but where this reduce your group size below 6 persons you will need to pay for 6 persons. Session durations might vary depending on changes to group sizes
If we need to cancel due to Instructor availability, damaged equipment or engine failure or weather conditions/Sea State we will give you as much notice as possible and offer new dates to complete the course.
Boating experiences trips, Powerboat ride, Jet Ski Safaris
If we need to cancel due to Instructor availability, damaged equipment, engine failure or weather conditions/Sea State we will do all we can to arrange another suitable date, if we cannot provide suitable availability then you will be offered a full refund
Force Majeure – In circumstances out of our control we will endeavour to rebook and hold credit for any activity in the future with a two year expiry
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