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Course overview

An introduction to yacht terminology and the deck skills required to work as a yacht steward / stewardess. This course covers the fundamentals of sailing a moderate size cruising yacht and by the end of the course you should have the confidence and ability to keep a lookout, handle sails, steer, row a dinghy and assist in all other day-to-day activities. During the course you will cover approximately 100 miles, plus 4 night hours on watch.

Pre-requisite experience: none

Duration: 5 Days


RYA Competent Crew Certificate


Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails

  • Sufficient knowledge to understand orders given concerning the sailing and day-to-day running of the boatç

Sail handling

  • Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails
  • Use of sheets and halyards and their associated bollards


  • Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards
  • Handling warps
  • Ability to tie the following knots and to understand their correct use; figure of eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot


  • Learn the various ways of tying them on
  • Different knots including quick release
  • The use of a 'wandering fender'

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 a fire

Personal safety equipment

  • Understand and comply with the rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids

Man overboard

  • Understand the action to be taken to recover a man overboard

Emergency equipment

  • Operate distress flares and know when they should be used
  • Understand how to launch and board a liferaft

Manners and customs

  • Understand accepted practice with regard to; the use of burgees and ensigns, prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other berthed craft
  • Awareness of the responsibility of yacht skippers to protect the environment

Rules of the road

  • Ability to keep a lookout at sea


  • Understand and comply with loading rules
  • Ability to handle a dinghy under oars


  • Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort scale


  • What is it?
  • Tell-tale signs
  • How to avoid it
  • How to overcome it when you are suffering
  • How to care for others effectively


  • Understand the basic principles of sailing and steer and trim sails on all points of sail
  • Steer a compass course, under sail and power

General Duties

  • Carry out general duties satisfactorily on and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel

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