Course Information

  • Price: Low Season (November - April) - 650 Euro
  • Price: High Season (May - October) - 745 Euro
  • Experience Required: None
  • Minimum Age: None
  • Experience required: None
  • Minimum 5 Days Duration

Key Facts

  • Perfect for beginners - No experience is needed
  • 3:1 Maximum Student - Instructor Ratio
  • A 5-day course
  • Bring your family
  • No previous knowledge required
  • Provides a relaxed learning experience

Maximum 3 students per instructor, course will be delivered in English. Start / finish Ayamonte unless otherwise specified.

Course content

Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions and fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, meteorology, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road, dinghies.


  • To provide an introduction to Sailing & Seamanship and to give Basic Sailing Experience

Ability after the course

  • Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines

Next Steps

After completing the Competent Crew course, you can prepare yourself for the Day Skipper course. You will need some practical experience:

  • Complete at least 5 days sea time
  • Cover at least 100 Nm
  • Complete at least 4 Night Hours.

You will also need to complete the Day Skipper Theory element and exam. This can be completed online with our partners Navathome, a recognized training centre specializing in online training. Courses are fully comprehensive making sure you are ready for the examination. The course and examination is 100% online.

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Then you are ready!

More Information

Good crew are extremely hard to find – our 5 day Competent Crew sailing course is aimed at beginners and designed to help you learn the ropes and get to grips with the essential skills required to help crew a larger yacht.

During your learn to sail holiday in Spain you will be actively encouraged to take full part in all aspects of sailing a cruising yacht and gain a comprehensive understanding of sail handling and basic sail trim in conjunction with the points of sail. Also you will learn how to turn the yacht around by tacking/gybing and steering a steady course on the helm, whilst keeping a lookout for other craft.

Around the marina, fenders need to be put in the right places, lines need to be ready and knots such as the bowline, clove hitch and round turn and two half hitches will become second nature.

It has been mentioned by previous students that using the correct nautical terminology is comparable to studying a second language with the bizarre selection of warps, sheets, halyards, lines and guys when all the novice sailor can see is a ‘Rope’. The good news is that with a little perseverance, it all makes sense in the end.

To help you along, check out the beginners guide to Yottie lingo.

Learn to sail at our sailing school in Spain, learn new skills, meet like minded people and expand your horizons.

This 5 day practical sailing course really gives a feel for life aboard a cruising yacht. Not only will you be living aboard, but you get to experience some great sailing whilst visiting new destinations, making it the perfect learn to sail holiday. By the end of the week you will leave us, having gained in confidence and feeling ready to sail with friends or as race crew at your local yacht club, dazzle them with your new skills and those invites to go sailing will come flooding in.

This is a very hands on course with many people agreeing that they learn and retain more knowledge when taught with this approach, for that reason we only ever teach 3 students per yacht on our learn to sail weeks.

We really do try harder to help you achieve your goals.

If you already hold RYA qualifications or just fancy a week’s sailing holiday, you are welcome to join us in Spain or Portugal, if you’re looking for even more adventure why not enquire about our adventure sails visiting Cadiz, Lisbon and even Morocco.

Next step after Competent Crew…. more sailing followed by the Day Skipper navigation theory and practical sailing course. The adventure is just beginning!

Take your first steps into the nautical world and turn your sailing dreams into reality. Contact us to book your place or request more information

Recommended Reading

Reeds Crew Handbook

The Reeds Skipper's Handbook, now in its 6th edition, has been a bestseller since first publication 20 years ago. Now for the first time, here is the Reeds Crew Handbook for skippers to hand to new and aspiring crew. It will give them all the essential knowledge they need to undertake the tasks traditionally handled by crew aboard any size of yacht, including:

Steering (both with a tiller and a wheel)

Raising, dropping and reefing a sail

Boat handling (using tide, wind, etc)

Handling lines (throwing, coiling, lassoing, etc)

Tying up a boat on a pontoon and against a quay wall

Attaching bow and stern lines and springs

Handling an anchor

Using the radio

Basic first aid

Essential knots

Presented in bite-sized topics in a very accessible and undaunting fashion, and packed with colour illustrations to guide crew through each task, the Reeds Crew Handbook will prove an invaluable primer for new crew before going to sea, and a handy pocket-sized aide-memoire for experienced crew when under sail.

Buy Reeds Crew Handbook

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