RYA Competent Crew Courses Brighton

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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 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 and the course syllabus will cover the following:

This RYA Competent Crew Course will include:

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

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.

Prerequisite: None

Course Information: The RYA Competent Crew courses are run either over three weekends or 5 continuous days. You will be heading to exciting destinations such as the Solent or France.

Venues: Lagoon Watersports run the RYA Competent Crew and RYA Dayskipper from Brighton, Gosport and Barcelona.

Choose from weekday or weekend courses & dates :

“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

Week Day Courses

Includes breakfasts, lunches

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.


Weekend Course

Run on Beneteau First 35 or 36

Run on Beneteau First 35 or 36

Available over 2 weekends

Flexibility to mix and match your weekends

Weekends start and finish from Brighton Marina.

Weekend 1 runs on a Saturday and Sunday

Weekend  2 runs from Saturday to Monday.

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.


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.


I would really recommend Lagoon Watersports Sailing to friends. I fully rate Karl as an instructor, he was friendly, positive and able to instruct at the right. I always felt safe sailing with him but had a buzz of excitement too! Many thanks”

Mark Anderson

Fun informative weekend. Looking forward to next course.
Caroline Hurst

A fantastic course, learnt so much more than I thought I would, can’t wait to do Day Skipper…Then who knows? Yachtmaster?

Helen Weatherell

I like splitting the course over two parts, there is time for information to sink in between the two parts and you definitely know what you forgot/didn’t understand after the first part.

Noora Vainio

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