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The RYA Competent Crew Course starts every Monday all year and is your leisure and professional introduction to sailing on cruising yachts. Board on a Sunday.

Five nights aboard and five days sailing. An ideal way to learn more about sailing in a safe and fun environment.

No previous experience required, you will be trained to be a useful member of the crew on any yacht.

You’ll work as part of a team and sail the yacht from day one, you will be encouraged to take an active role in the sailing of the yacht, helming, trimming sails, tying knots and working with the skipper to sail safely.

The course is designed for novices to progress quickly; our instructors are patient and friendly and are there to help you achieve a good level of competence.

Our base in Barcelona Palamos at Club Nautic Costa Brava Marina Spain, offers safe, challenging and warm sailing throughout the year.


A practical course: 5 nights & 5 days' sailing board on Sundays disembark Fridays from £695.

The course requirements are sailing away from home port, all accommodation is provided on board with a choice of 37 and 47 foot yachts to sail on.

The RYA 5 Day Competent Course costs £695 and is fully inclusive of accommodation, half board (breakfast and lunches) and beverages on board, fuel, moorings, bedding, RYA Instruction, RYA Course Completion Certificates, wet gear and all safety equipment. Our yachts have an Instructor pupil ratio of 1 - 5 maximum for RYA Courses.

Barcelona Palamos Base to the north of the City includes sailing in The Bay Of Rosas in the lee of the French Pyrennees, visiting Cadaques, Estartit, Rosas, Palamos, Port D'Aro, Barcelona Port Olympic all weather dependent obviously. Nearest airports to our base Barcelona - Girona or Barcelona El Pratt

You will be sailing on modern British and Spanish Flagged MCA RYA Inspected Coded Yachts. We have a range of yachts available up to our Beneteau 473 for mile building and performance sailing. Our fleet of Beneteau and Jeanneau Yachts all benefit from fully battened mainsails for extra performance. 

Additional weeks are as the above tariff and if students stay for two weeks they can stay on board our yachts over the weekend in the fully inclusive tariff, so nothing else to pay.

The RYA Competent Crew Course is an enjoyable introduction to sailing there is plenty of time to go ashore in the evenings, and remember our prices are fully inclusive breakfast and lunch aboard.

We are a fully Recognised RYA Tidal Training Centre and our company Blue Oyster Limited is incorporated in Gibraltar for your financial peace of mind. We aim to deliver sailing excellence and have Sailing bases in Barcelona Palamos (RYA Training), Gibraltar (Fast Track) and STCW 10 Training in the UK Barcelona Majorca and Antibes.

Blue Oyster SailingWhat to bring

  • Travel light no hard cases with wheels please.
  • Towel
  • Sunblock Sun glasses and a Sun hat
  • Deck or soft shoes
  • Warm fleece for the evenings
  • Wash kit
  • Comfortable sailing clothing
  • Travel Insurance recommended

RYA Competent Crew Courses from Barcelona Palamos CNCB Marina Spain. All Mondays.

5 nights & 5 days aboard from

£695 or €775

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