Competent Crew Syllabus

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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 fire. 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 rules. 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