Competent Crew - 5 days

Start date: Multiple dates
Location: Mosman, NSW Australia
Supplier: Flying Fish Sail Academy (/flying-fish-sail-academy)
Price: $1,695.00 incl. GST

This live-aboard course provides a comprehensive introduction to yachting and leads to a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) certificate. The course is designed for novice sailors who would like to become useful and active crew members.

The week will be broken into short passages and skills and drills.

You will learn essential boat handling skills, how to steer and trim the sails and how to manage safety and seamanship issues on board. 

By the end of the week you will be a confident crew member ready to join a crew on a short passage.

Course dates

Please submit enquiry and we'll let you know upcoming dates & availability.

Course content

  • Knowledge of sea terms, parts of the boat etc
  • Sail handling (bend on, set, reef, trim, flake)
  • The use of winches, clutches and halyards 
  • Ropework (coiling, stowing, use of cleats, knots)
  • The points of sailing, upwind and tacking, downwind and gybing
  • The five essentials of sailing
  • Helming and sail trimming on all points
  • Steering to a compass under power and sail. 
  • Crew duties during mooring, berthing, and anchoring. 
  • Personal safety, Man overboard and other emergency situations
  • Rules of the road, basic meteorology and chart-work
  • Cooking and living on board
  • Night sailing 

Location and sailing conditions 

Sydney Harbour  

You will sail around Sydney Harbour, north to Pittwater or south to Port Hacking. We plan the itinerary on the first day to take best advantage of the weather. The sailing conditions are generally excellent. 

Whitsunday Islands 

During July and August we run a small number of courses from Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. The scenery and anchorages are magnificent and the weather is generally excellent for sailing. You can expect to see dolphins, whales and of course Flying Fish!

The yacht and the instructor 

This course will be run on board one of our Beneteau yachts by an accredited RYA Instructor. You live on board with your fellow students and take part in all aspects of running the boat. 

Private charter

If you book this course as a private charter for a crew of five you pay for only four places.

What's included

Tuition, certification and logbook (if required). 

Life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided. We can loan you wet weather clothing if required. 


Single sex shared cabin accommodation for 4 nights. All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.


We provide all meals on board from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. 

You should expect to eat, at your own cost ashore, for one night.  

We do our best to cater for both vegetarians and meat eaters.  


  • RYA Competent Crew
  • 150 sea miles logged

Before you start

No experience is needed. This course is designed for beginners.

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