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Competent Crew

  • Part-time


    Duration: 5 consecutive Sundays

    09h00 to 17h30


    • 21 Mar
    • 02 May
    • 06 Jun
    • 08 Aug
    • 12 Sep
    • 17 Oct
    • 21 Nov
  • Full-time


    Duration: 5 consecutive weekdays

    09h00 to 17h30


    • 01 Mar
    • 22 Mar
    • 12 Apr
    • 03 May
    • 24 May
    • 21 Jun
    • 05 Jul
    • 09 Aug
    • 06 Sep
    • 20 Sep
    • 18 Oct
    • 15 Nov
    • 06 Dec

The comprehensive Competent Crew course is designed for beginners who wish to obtain a more advanced ticket when sufficient mileage and experience have been logged. Many of our students who have completed this course and the STCW 95 course are now sailing overseas or crewing on luxury yachts, confirming our motto: Our students sail the world. The course is taught on a Muira according to SA Sailing's syllabus and is therefore internationally accepted.

During this course you will learn:

  1. General nautical terminology
  2. Theory of sailing
  3. Hoisting, lowering, reefing and adjusting sails
  4. Sail control
  5. Points of sailing
  6. Steering according to the wind and to a compass course
  7. Properties of ropes in common use, knots, anchors
  8. International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea
  9. Safety equipment
  10. Flags
  11. VHF radio urgency and distress calls
  12. Table Bay Harbour Regulations

Meet at 10h00 at the Good Hope Sailing Academy's classroom, Royal Cape Yacht Club. The course is taught on our yachts including the final practical examination. Only the final theoretical examination is in our classroom. Certificate of Competence and a logbook is issued on completion.



The course is taught to SA Sailing’s syllabus. It is internationally accepted.
A certificate of competence and a log book is issued on completion.


Please deposit R1000 into Good Hope Sailing Academy.

Current account No. 1371410011. ABSA Bank, Adderley Street, code 312-109.

NB: Please don’t forget to advise Poul-Ejnar Hansen either by e-mail or SMS to Mobile 0834430706 when you have paid the deposit, stating:

1) Your name 2) The amount 3) The course you wish to do 4) The date.

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A comprehensive manual, a membership to the prestigious Royal Cape Yacht Club for the duration of the course including secure parking, members’ discount in the bars and restaurants and free wifi.



  • Warm clothing
  • Non-marking, soft shoes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunglasses (string tie)
  • Cap or hat (string tie)
  • Sunscreen
  • Packed Lunch
  • Drinks (non-alcoholic)