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Competent Crew Syllabus

The Competent Crew course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of crew of a cruising yacht.

  • 1. 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 boat.
  • 2. Sail Handling
  • Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails
  • Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches
  • 3. Ropework
  • Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards
  • Handling warps
  • Ability to tie the following knots and to know their correct use: figure-of-eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot
  • 4. Fire precautions and fighting
  • Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fireb. Knowledge of the action to be taken in the event of fire
  • 5. Personal safety equipment
  • Understands and complies with rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids
  • 6. Man overboard
  • Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard
  • 7. Emergency equipment
  • Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used
  • Understands how to launch and board a liferaft
  • 8. Manners and customs
  • Understands accepted practice with regard to: use of burgees and ensigns, prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed
  • Aware of the responsibility of yacht skippers to protect the environment
  • 9. Rules of the road
  • Is able to keep and efficient lookout at sea
  • 10. Dinghies
  • Understands and complies with the loading rulesb. Is able to handle a dinghy under oars
  • 11. Meteorology
  • Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort scale
  • 12. Seasickness
  • Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness
  • 13. Helmsmanship and sailing
  • Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
  • Can steer a compass course, under sail and power
  • 14. General duties
  • Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel

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