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RYA Competent Crew Skills

RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques


2. Competent Crew

The RYA Competent Crew course in Ibiza is a highly regarded boating license program designed to provide individuals with the essential skills and knowledge needed to become a competent crew member on a sailing yacht. This comprehensive course is perfect for beginners or those with limited sailing experience who are looking to gain confidence and proficiency in sailing.

2 men smiling on a sailboat at sea on a cloudy day

biza's stunning coastal waters and favorable sailing conditions make it an ideal location to undertake this training. During the course, participants will learn essential skills such as boat handling, sail handling, helming, and basic navigation. They will be introduced to the various parts of a sailing yacht, including rigging, sails, and safety equipment. Participants will also learn about important safety procedures and emergency protocols to ensure a safe and enjoyable sailing experience.


The course is conducted both on land and on the water, providing a well-rounded learning experience. Participants will receive classroom instruction on topics such as knot tying, terminology, and basic navigation techniques. They will also have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice during on-the-water training sessions. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, participants will learn how to hoist and trim sails, steer the yacht, and perform basic maneuvers. They will gain hands-on experience in handling lines, tying knots, and working as part of a team. Participants will also have the chance to experience life on board a sailing yacht, learning about living accommodations, meal preparation, and general boat etiquette. The RYA Competent Crew course in Ibiza typically spans over several days, allowing participants to immerse themselves in the world of sailing. They will have the opportunity to explore Ibiza's beautiful coastline, practice their sailing skills in various wind and sea conditions, and enjoy the thrill of being out on the water.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive the RYA Competent Crew certificate, which is recognized and respected worldwide. This certification serves as a valuable boating license, demonstrating that the holder has acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to be a competent and valuable crew member on a sailing yacht.


The RYA Competent Crew course in Ibiza offers a comprehensive and enjoyable training program for individuals looking to gain a boating license and become competent crew members on sailing yachts. Whether you are new to sailing or have some experience, this course will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to confidently contribute to a sailing team.

With Ibiza's stunning coastal scenery and favorable sailing conditions, this course provides the perfect environment to learn and practice sailing skills while enjoying the beauty of the Mediterranean.



Sea Terms and Boat Parts

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Learning the language of sailing is a big part of learning to sail. You’ll become familiarized with fundamental nautical terms and learn all the critical parts of a yacht and how they work.

Rigging and Managing Sails

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Learn practical rigging and sail work during the RYA Competent Crew Course, understand sail selection, sail trim and reefing.

Sailing Etiquette

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Learn the rules of the road, as well as many sailing traditions such as ensign flags and burgees, courtesies toward other water craft, and how to prevent unnecessary disturbances while in the harbor.

Rope Work

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Basic ropework and fundamental knots are important skills for every sailor, even beginners.

Emergency Equipment

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earn how to operate distress flares, life rafts, and the importance of other safety equipment onboard.

Fire Hazards and Prevention

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You’ll learn how to prevent fires at sea and what to do in the unlikely case that one happens on board.

Man Overboard Handeling

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Everyone onboard a yacht, especially the crew, should be knowledgeable about man-overboard procedures.

The RYA Competent Crew course gives you the skills you need to be able to handle the crisis in the unlikely event that one occurs.

Handling Seasickness

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Even the most experienced sailors sometimes suffer from seasickness. You’ll learn some tricks of the trade to help you prevent seasickness and to help you handle the uncomfortable phenomenon if you fall victim.


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Get comfortable taking a watch while learning to steer, trim the sails, steer a compass course, operate the yacht under sail and under motor, and other practical sailing skills.

Crew Communication

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As you learn more onboard duties, you’ll also learn how to work well as a team while having a fantastic time with your yachtmates.

General Duties

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There is always something to do on a yacht. While spending five days onboard, you’ll get an introduction to the many tasks and responsibilities of crewing a sailing voyage.


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RYA Competent Crew teaches basic weather forecasting, the Beaufort Scale, and how to map a course while keeping the weather conditions in mind.


Duration & Experience Required

The RYA Competent Crew course takes 5 days to complete. After each day we will come back to our mooring spot in the Marina Santa Eulalia, and you will be able to either stay onboard, or you can explore the beautiful Island Ibiza.

No experience required. It can be helpful, if you already had some experience on a sailboat, or took part in the RYA Start Yachting course, however, don't worry if you're a novice. At Helmsmen Academy, we will teach you everything you need to know to become an active crew member.

What should you bring

At Helmsmen Academy, the RYA Start Yachting course takes place in the beautiful Ibiza. Depending on the time of the year, recommend to bring the following: Waterproof Clothing, Sunhat & Sun blocker & Sunglasses (Summer), Wind jacket & trousers (please check with us, we have some in our sailing school).

What's included

  • Accommodation on the yacht 

  • Drinks and lunch, which you can have in one of our beautiful coves in Ibiza, if the weather permits

  • Fuel costs and mooring

  • Insurance while onboard

  • Fresh towels, bed linen, pillow and a duvet

  • Training from one of our highly qualified and certified instructors 

  • Travel insurance, accommodation offboard, and any other expenses will be covered by the student.

  • For any questions or special requirements, please feel free reach out to us.​

Join now and get your RYA boat license in Ibiza


1. Start Yachting

Are you new to sailing and want to learn what it's like? This sailing course is the perfect 2 day introduction to cruising sailing for beginners.

 3. Day Skipper

If you already have some experience and want to get certified to be able to take charge of a sailing yacht, the Day Skipper course is perfect for you.

4. Coastal Skipper

The RYA Coastal Skipper course is ideal for all sailors, who have considerable sailing experience, and want to be able to take a sailing yacht through coastal passages for day and night 


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