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Competent Crew Practical Syllabus

Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails - able to understand orders given concerning the sailing and day-to-day running of the boat.

Sail Handling - Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails - Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches.

Ropework - Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards.

Knots - Can tie the following knots,: Figure-of-eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot and understand their usage

Fire Precautions - Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fire - Knowledge of the action to be taken in event of fire.

Personal Safety Equipment - Understands and complies with rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids.

Man Overboard - Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard.

Emergency Equipment - Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used - Understands how to launch and board a liferaft.

Manners and Customs - Understands accepted practise 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 environment.

Rules of the Road - Is able to keep an efficient lookout at sea.

Dinghies - Understands and complies with the loading rules- is able to handle a dinghy under oars.

Meteorology - Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort scale.

Seasickness - Working efficiency is unaffected/severely affected by sea sickness.

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.

General Duties - Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with daily routine of the vessel.