This course is aimed at those who have had previous sailing experience but would like to take their abilities to the next level. Your instructor will give you a full safety briefing to familiarise you with living and maneuvering on board to ensure your comfort throughout your stay with us.
From the start, you will be entirely hands on, ensuring that by the completion of your course, you will be able to act as a useful crew member, familiar with jargon, techniques and capable of contributing to the efficient sailing of a vessel. You will be put through your paces with knotting, on-board equipment as well as a man overboard recovery. Your instructor will also familiarise you with flares, life rafts, life jackets and harnesses. In addition, some night time sailing is always on the cards too!
By the end, you will find yourself working well with people you have never met before, with the emphasis on teamwork, fun and obviously, some great sailing with the goal of making you an knowledgeable crew member.
All our teaching staff are fully accredited by the RYA to teach RYA courses.
Knowledge of Sea terms and parts of a boat, rigging and sails.
Sail Handling – fitting, setting, reefing and general handling of sails, use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches.
Ropework – coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and to single and double bollards, handling mooring warps, ability to tie and know how to use the following knots: round turn and two half hitches, bowline, figure of eight, clove hitch, single and double sheet bend, rolling hitch, reef knot.
Fire Precautions and Firefighting – fire hazards, fire prevention, extinguishers and actions to take in event of fire.
Personal Safety Equipment – rules and use of safety harnesses and lifejackets. Prevention of man-overboard risk.
Man Overboard – actions to be taken to recover a man overboard.
Emergency Equipment – marine VHF radio, distress flares, life rafts.
Manners and Customs – flags, ensigns and burgess, courtesy to neighbouring yachts in harbour, responsibilities of yacht skippers to protect the environment.
Rules of the Road – maintaining an effective lookout at sea, assessing collision risk.
Dinghies – loading, safety, handling a dinghy under oars.
Meteorology – weather forecasts – where to get them, the Beaufort scale for wind speed.
Seasickness – can make an effective contribution to the crew even if affected by sea-sickness. (Note that sea-sickness is quite unlikely on the majority of weekend and 5 day courses which take place in relatively sheltered waters).
Helmsmanship and Sailing Skills – the principles of sailing and sail trim, sailing manoeuvres – going about and gybeing, points of sail.
Steering a compass course under sail and power, sailing close-hauled.
The RYA Competent Crew Course runs from our base at Manoel Island Marina in Gzira which is easily accessible by bus from the airport. Parking at our marina is free.
The course is delivered on our RYA accredited school boat, a Bavaria 36, which are fully equipped with all safety equipment.
Instruction, accommodation and linen on board, life jacket, fuel, hot and cold drinks, breakfast and lunch. Students will eat ashore if the boat is in the marina, otherwise we will provide the evening meal. The fee also includes mooring fees at home port. Mooring fees at other marinas will need to be split between students.
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We are a company specialising in delivering RYA tuition and the provision of yacht charters in Malta.
We deliver a range of internationally recognised RYA courses for both sail and power. So whether you're looking at a full-time job in the maritime sector or if it's just pleasure, we will guide and prepare...
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