This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers

Course format

The Competent Crew course consists of 5 days and intends to train the Candidate as a crew member and able to understand and carry out every order given by the Skipper.

There is no required previous knowledge into action: is the course that introduces the beginner to cruising and teaches how to move safely and steer to a level required for a crew member.


The sailing area is the Archipelago of Pontine islands, Ischia and Capri, around 15 miles offshore from our base which is on the island of Procida.

Training Boats

Elan 40, 12 meters, cruising racer with 3 cabins and two heads


5 days and half, boarding at 18:00 on Saturday – the day before the course starts – disembark on Friday at 14:00.


Courses start every Sunday from March to October

What you will learn
  • Knowledge of sailing terms and parts of the boat
  • Knots and rope handling
  • Rigging and Sails, Points of Sail and Sail Handling
  • Helmsmanship under power and sail
  • Manners and Customs including Rules of the Road
  • Using the dinghy
  • Safety – Fire Precautions and fire firefighting
  • Emergency and personal safety equipment
  • Basic Meteorology
What’s Included
  • 5 days sailing
  • Mooring fees
  • Fully equipped training yacht
  • Fuel

 For details of what you should bring please refer to the FAQ’s section.

There are two options with training courses: a private course (you hire your own yacht and have your own dedicated instructor) or the more traditional course structure of mixed individuals course. We are more than happy to teach different courses (Competent Crew & Day Skipper) on the same yacht if you have a crew of mixed experience. There are no prerequisites for this course

Recommended online Theory course “Essential Navigation and Seamanship

Course Fee Individual

Join a yacht with other students. We like to teach a maximum of 4/5 people at a time as we feel it gives each individual that extra attention and time from the instructor and also a comfortable space onboard the yacht. 

Fee € 1050 p.p.

Course Fee Private 

Charter a yacht for 5 days with partners, friends, or family. Training this way as a familiar small group gives more personalized tuition 

Fee 4400 Euro


Couple Discount – you get 10% OFF for two bookings  on “Competent Crew” and “Day Skipper Practical” courses.