This is a 2 day non-residential “taster” course that simply takes you sailing along Antigua’s beautiful west coastline. The course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. No previous experience is required and there is a recommended minimum age of 12.

This Level 1 course, when followed by the Basic Skills – Level 2 course  may be carried forward to the RYA Competent Crew practical course, which would be achieved after a further 3 days or 2 weekends of training.

By the end of the course you will have a basic understanding of yacht handling under sail, including practical techniques and background knowledge. It is recommended that all participants consolidate this short introduction with the Basic Skills – Level 2 course.
If you have previous experience of sailing with family, friends or a holiday outing, and have already decided you have been “bitten”, you may skip Level 1 and Level 2 and go straight into RYA Competent Crew and begin your sail training in earnest.

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COURSE FEE US$520 – Currency Converter
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  • Light lunch daily
  • On Board Fridge /Freezer
  • On Board Gas Cooker
  • Free Wi-Fi on school premises
  • On Board Bluetooth music system
  • All relevant RYA course notes and training materials
  • RYA Certificate
  • 2 days of sail training in the warm Caribbean waters 
  • Top quality training. Read what our past clients think in our Client Reviews

Discounts / student:

  • 5% – 2 students on the same course.
  • 7.5% – 3 students on the same course.
  • 10% – 4 students, or more, on the same course.

Course Content: See Syllabus

Course Schedule: 09:00 to 17:30 daily.


  • All year round but usually Fridays and Saturdays subject to prior bookings. With 3 yachts and 3 instructors we are confident we can offer you what you want, when you want it.
  • Reserve your dates.

Consider our 1 or 2 day training courses that will enhance your training and make the most of your time in Antigua. Not only will you maximise the investment in your trip, you will depart with two RYA qualifications instead of one!

Please visit our USA Online Store, or UK Online Store for the following recommended pre-course study materials, and a selection of clothing, sailing and travel accessories.

  • International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea
  • RYA Weather Handbook
  • RYA Navigation Exercises
  • Competent Crew

To assist with your planning we offer some suggestions for Accommodation and Travel

Sailing Skills – Level 1 Syllabus

SS1 - Syllabus

Practical Sailing
Sailing Techniques & Manoeuvres
Slipping & Coming Alongside
Clothing & Equipment
Emergency Equipment & Precautions

Sailing Theory
Clothing & Equipment
Sailing Background

Miramar under full sail. Good!