Option 1: 5 Day Classroom course 

Option 2: 40/50 hour Online Home Study option

Option 1: Classroom US$795.
Option 2: Online US$550.
Discounts available for group bookings. See below.

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This is a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. The course is invaluable if you want to learn how to start skippering and make decisions on board. The course will give you a broad insight into the theoretical aspects of sailing and help you decide if it is for you.

No previous experience is necessary, but some practical sailing experience is desirable. The RYA Competent Crew course is ideal for this.

Many students have difficulty with some elements of this syllabus. At Miramar Sailing School we have produced some “aide memoires” to help simplify some of the calculations:

day skipper theory notes
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.

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Course Content: See Syllabus

Course Schedule:

  • Option 1: Classroom: 09:00 Sunday – 17:30 Thursday.
  • Option 2: Online: 40/50 hours of home study with an online tutor. Course completion should be within 6 months of registration but this is extendable for a small additional fee.

Classroom Course Fee to include:

  • All course materials.
  • Loan of navigation equipment.
  • Course completion certificate.
  • Waterfront classroom.

Online Course Fee to include:

  • All course materials delivered to a UK address. Please add US$50 (UK£30) for secure DHL delivery outside UK.
  • Online tutor to guide and assist throughout the course.
  • Course completion certificate.
  • Course is delivered by Navathome.


  • Option 1: All year round Sundays to Thursdays subject to prior bookings
  • Option 2: Online course available anytime.
  • 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 our 1 or 2 Day Courses 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
  • Day Skipper Theory
  • Day Skipper Handbook

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

Day Skipper Theory Syllabus

DST - Syllabus

Nautical terms
Rope work
Anchor work
International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCS)
Definition of course, position and speed
Navigational charts and publications
Navigational drawing instruments
Chart work
Tides and Tidal Streams
Visual aids to navigation
Passage planning
Navigation in restricted visibility
Marine environment

What does Competent Crew and Day Skipper mean?

Sailing School Theory
RYA Theory Class