Competent Crew


Course Title: Competent Crew Course

Course Fees: €785

Duration: 5-days, either Monday to Friday OR Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the subsequent Saturday and Sunday

Our Competent Crew course is designed to give you the ability to effectively and safely crew on a modern cruising yacht. The course is 5 days long. Not sure you want to commit to 5 days? Then we recommend taking the Start Sailing course on our Keelboats prior to this course.

This course is hands on. You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered.

Course Outcome

By the end of the course you should be able to

  • Steer the yacht
  • Handle the sails
  • Keep lookout while underway
  • Assist in all the day to day duties on board.
  • You will have also enjoyed scenic passages along the East Coast of Ireland and had a memorable holiday!

Sleeping arrangements & berthing port overnight 

We will aim to berth overnight in Dun Laoghaire each evening, so that you will be free to head off home and re-join the boat in the morning.

Alternatively, if you do not live locally you are welcome to stay on board. We do not supply sleeping bags or sheets for the bunks, we require clients to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow for all courses.

There will be one late evening sail, the day of which will be agreed with the Skipper at the beginning of the week.


The course covers the RYA Competent Crew syllabus.

  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Safety on board
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Man overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Manners and customs
  • Rules of the road
  • Dinghies & tenders
  • Metrology
  • Seasickness
  • Helmsmanship and sailing
  • General duties

There are two options for the 5-day courses.

Option 1: Weekdays from Monday to Friday

Option 2: Over two weekends. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the following Saturday and Sunday.

All courses meet at Dun Laoghaire Marina at 9.30am on first day of course.  The finish times of the course each day will vary depending on destinations and weather conditions.

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

To book this course:

Step 1:  Online payment, after which you will receive an email confirmation with a link to an online form.

Step 2:  Submission of the online form.

Your course booking will only be secured once both steps are completed.


This course is held on board either our Elan 36 ‘Beaufort Venture’ or our First 36 ‘Lulla Belle’. Both are 36-foot cruising yachts with 6 berths, full kitchen including stove and fridge, as well as toilet and shower facilities.

We provide foul weather waterproofs and lifejackets.

Courses Calendar

Course Date Spaces Left?

Course 30: 22 September - 1st October 2023

Friday 22nd September 2023 - Sunday 1st October 2023


Course 31: 25-29 September 2023

Monday 25th September 2023 - Friday 29th September 2023


Course 32: 6-15 October 2023

Friday 6th October 2023 - Sunday 15th October 2023


Course 33: 9-13 October 2023

Monday 9th October 2023 - Friday 13th October 2023


Course 34: 20-29 October 2023

Friday 20th October 2023 - Sunday 29th October 2023


Course 35: 23-27 October 2023

Monday 23rd October 2023 - Friday 27th October 2023


Course 36: 10-19 November 2023

Friday 10th November 2023 - Sunday 19th November 2023


Course 37: 24 November - 3 December 2023

Friday 24th November 2023 - Sunday 3rd December 2023


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    star rating  Came here with my mom for a stand up paddle board rental, the staff went above and beyond to be super friendly and the experience was great and good value!

    July 28, 2020

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    Gary C
    October 8, 2022

    star rating  Very friendly staff and great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend for a day out or lessons. Paddle board and kayak rentals are lots of fun.

    June 1, 2020