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

Your RYA Start Yachting qualification 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.

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 this introductory course and go straight into RYA Competent Crew and begin your sail training in earnest.

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COURSE FEE US$545 – Currency Converter
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  • On board accommodation for the duration of the course. A private cabin may be booked. Please enquire
  • On board catering – Day 1 lunch to Day 2 lunch. Students may eat ashore in the evening but are not obligated to do so. All meals taken ashore are for the students account.
  • 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 with the possibility of a circumnavigation of Antigua, or sailing inter-island.
  • 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.

Student/Instructor Ratio: RYA 5/1 maximum allowed. We aim for 4/1 but cannot guarantee.

Course Schedule: 09:00 Day 1 to 17:30 Day 2.


  • 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!

If you wish to include any of the following in your package please Contact Us for availability

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

Start Yachting Syllabus

SY - Syllabus

Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat
Rope work
Sailing and helming on all points of sail and under power
Rules of the road (Collision Regulations)
Recovery of man overboard
Suitable clothing and equipment
Emergency equipment and safety precautions

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