The Competent Crew course is to provide an introduction to the world of sail cruising in a positive and structured manner. The course is as much about getting to grips with living aboard a cruising boat as it is about learning to sail. By the end of the course the sailors should be able to take their place as a competent, safe member of the crew aboard a sailing yacht. At Sailing Ireland we pass on our love of sailing in a relaxed practical manner with the emphasis being to enjoy yourself and gain the confidence to take your sailing on to the next level.
Previous experience / knowledge necessary
No previous experience or knowledge of sailing is required or assumed. Suitable for all ages (15+) and levels of fitness.
Your never too old to learn a new skill.
5 days tuition. These days do not have to be consecutive but each of the days tuition must be a full day.
Participants may return ashore at the end of each day. At Sailing Ireland we recommend that the student live aboard
which allows us to visit other ports in the area and enjoy them.
Assessment is continuous through the course. Competent Crew certificates may only be awarded following the successful
completion of the course.
How to book your place
To book your please contact us by phone on +353 (0) 53 913 9163 or by mobile on +353 (0) 86 171 3800;
The Competent Crew course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety,
seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of crew of a cruising yacht.
Competent Crew Syllabus
1. Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
Sufficient knowledge to understand orders given concerning the sailing
and the day to day running of the boat.
2. Sail Handling
Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails
Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches
Safe use of equipment with an understanding of possible loads and common errors
Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards
Ability to tie the following knots and to know their correct use:
figure-of-eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches,
single and double sheet bend, reef knot
(have a look here:http://boatsafe.com/marlinespike/knots.htm)
4.Fire precautions and fighting
Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fire.
Knowledge of the action to be taken in the event of fire
5. Personal safety equipment
Understands and complies with rules for the wearing of safety harnesses,
lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids
6. Man overboard
Understands the actions to be taken and your role to recover a man overboard
7. Emergency equipment
Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used
Understands how to launch and board a liferaft
8. Manners and customs
Understands accepted practice with regard to: use of burgees and ensigns,
prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed
Aware of the responsibility of yacht skippers to protect the environment
9. Rules of the road
Is able to keep and efficient lookout at sea
Understands and complies with the loading rules. Learn to handle a dinghy under oars
Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort scale
Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness.
Methods to offset/overcome Mal de Mere.
(If concerned that this may be a problem we would be delighted to offer advise or how to prepare
and prevent seasickness)
13. Helmsmanship and sailing
Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
Can steer a compass course, under sail and power
14. General duties
Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks
in connection with the daily routine of the vessel