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When choosing a Sailing School be sure to check the yachts are properly equipped. The following items are particularly important in the Caribbean:

  • Cockpit Bimini – essential for protection against sun burn and sun stroke. The Caribbean sun is strong.
  • Cooking Facilities – hot beverages are a must for most people and it proves expensive if meals have to be taken ashore every day.
  • Anchor Windlass – it is hard work and tiring to weigh anchor manually every day in the heat of the sun.
  • Dinghy with Outboard – apart from swimming this is the only way to get ashore to enjoy the beaches and restaurants.
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    Why Miramar Sailing School?

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    Theory & Practical Courses

    SHORE BASED COURSESPRACTICAL COURSES
    Essential Navigation & Seamanship



    Basic Skills
    Level 2


    Start Yachting

    Competent Crew
    Day Skipper
    Day Skipper
    Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore
    Coastal Skipper

    Yachtmaster Ocean
    Yachtmaster Ocean Passage Preparation

    Yachtmaster & Course Packages

    YACHTMASTER TRAININGCOURSE PACKAGES
    Yachtmaster Theory & Preparation Package with Exam
     
    Yachtmaster Preparation with Exam
     
    Yachtmaster "Xpress" Module 1
    16 weeks "Fast Track"
    Novice to Yachtmaster Offshore

     
    Yachtmaster "Xpress" Module 2
    2 weeks Yachtmaster Ocean Theory
    & Exam Preparation

     
    Yachtmaster Ocean Theory & Exam Preparation
    Course 'n Cruise

    Day Skipper Theory & Practical
     
    Day Skipper "Xpress"

    Coastal Skipper Theory & Practical

    Coastal Skipper "Xpress"
     
    Yachtmaster Theory & Preparation Package with Exam
     
    Yachtmaster "Xpress" Module 1
    16 weeks "Fast Track"
    Novice to Yachtmaster Offshore

    Power & Supplementary Courses / Mile Building

    POWER & SUPPLEMENTARY COURSES SKILLS CLINICS & MILE BUILDING
    Power Boat
    Level 1


    Power Boat
    Level 2


    SRC (VHF) Radio

    Radar

    Diesel Engine Maintenance

    First Aid

    Personal Survival Techniques

    PPR - Professional Practices & Responsibilities
    Sailing Skills Clinics

    Mile & Experience Building Options

    Mile Building - The Grenadines - Tidal

    Mile Building - Leeward islands - Non Tidal

     

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    Essential Navigation & Seamanship Theory

    This is a non residential course that provides an introduction to the basic skills required before taking a small boat to sea or taking an active part in running a boat.
    Course Cost US$495

    Includes: All RYA course materials / RYA Certificate / Loan of navigation equipment / Light lunch daily / Free Wi-Fi
    There is an Online option for this course delivered by Navathome. Cost is US$290.
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    Day Skipper Theory

    This is a non residential introduction course 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.

    Course Cost US$795

    Includes: All RYA course materials / RYA Certificate / Loan of navigation equipment / Light lunch daily / Free Wi-Fi
    There is an Online option for this course delivered by Navathome. Cost is US$565.
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    RYA Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster Theory

    Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Theory

    This is a single course for both Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore. Once this theory course is completed, candidates are able to progress to either the Coastal Skipper Practical, and achieve a Course Completion Certificate at that level, or move on to acquire Certificates of Competence, awarded for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster grades.
    Course Cost US$1,180

    Includes: All RYA course materials / RYA Certificate / Loan of navigation equipment / Light lunch daily / Free Wi-Fi
    There is an Online option for this course delivered by Navathome. Cost is US$595.
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    Yachtmaster Ocean Caribbean

    Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

    Yachtmaster Ocean is the pinnacle of the RYA Sail Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme.
    In addition to this theory course there are criteria to be met before sitting the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean examination but, once this is passed, you are considered to be a “Global Sailor” sufficiently qualified to take a yacht anywhere in the world in any conditions.
    A pre-course minimum experience level of coastal & offshore sailing is suggested, and it is assumed you have a pre-course experience level of navigation to Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Theory
    Once you have completed this theory course you may wish to add a further week with us taking our Yachtmaster Ocean Preparation course that puts all the theory into practice with experienced instruction on how to prepare for your non stop ocean passage.
    Course Cost US$945

    Includes: All RYA course materials / RYA Certificate / Loan of navigation equipment & sextant / Light lunch daily / Free Wi-Fi
    There is an Online option for this course delivered by Navathome. Cost is US$565.
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    RYA Basic Skills Level 2 caribbean

    Basic Skills

    This is a 2 day non-residential “taster” course that introduces the basics, and enjoyment, of sailing.

    On completion of this course you will have a basic knowledge and be capable of sailing a yacht in light winds as crew and helm with a skipper on board. No previous experience is required and there is a recommended minimum age of 12.

    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 Basic Skills and go straight into RYA Competent Crew and begin your sail training in earnest.
    Course Cost US$520

    Includes: Light lunch daily / All safety equipment to RYA standards / On board fridge – freezer / On board gas cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / On board Bluetooth music system / All relevant RYA course notes & training materials / RYA Certificate / 2 days of sail training in our warm Caribbean waters.
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    RYA Sailing Skills Level 1 Caribbean

    Start Yachting

    This is a 2 day residential “taster” course that simply takes you sailing along Antigua’s beautiful west coastline and introduces a night of living on board. 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 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.
    Course Cost US$555

    Includes: Live-a-board with on board catering / All safety equipment to RYA standards / On board fridge – freezer / On board gas cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / On board Bluetooth music system / All relevant RYA course notes & training materials / RYA Certificate / 2 days of sail training in our warm Caribbean waters.
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    RYA Competent Crew Caribbean

    Competent Crew

    The 5 day Competent Crew course is a comprehensive introduction for novice sailors. It will bring you to the point where you will become an effective member of any sailing yacht crew. It is perfect for complete beginners who have decided they wish to pursue sailing. No previous experience required and there is no age rule.

    The RYA Competent Crew course is ideal for those wishing to progress to skippering. You cannot skipper a yacht unless you know what to expect of your crew, and manage them.
    Course Cost US$935

    Includes: Live-a-board with on board catering / All safety equipment to RYA standards / On board fridge – freezer / On board gas cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / On board Bluetooth music system / All relevant RYA course notes & training materials / RYA Certificate / 5 days of sail training in our warm Caribbean waters.
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    RYA Day Skipper Practical Caribbean

    Day Skipper Practical

    This is a comprehensive skipper training course and the next grade up from RYA Competent Crew for those who wish to manage a yacht. There is a suggested minimum pre-course experience of 5 days sea time; 100 nm logged and 4 night hours. There is a minimum age of 16 before a certificate can be issued, however, the course my be taken earlier.

    Prior to taking this course it is assumed students have knowledge of navigation to Day Skipper Theory and basic sailing ability.

    Please Note: From January 2107 the RYA have ruled there will no longer be a distinction between Day Skipper non tidal and tidal.
    Course Cost US$935

    Includes: Live-a-board with on board catering / All safety equipment to RYA standards / On board fridge – freezer / On board gas cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / On board Bluetooth music system / All relevant RYA course notes & training materials / RYA Certificate / 5 days of sail training in our warm Caribbean waters.
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    RYA Coastal Skipper Caribbean

    Coastal Skipper Practical

    This is a further advanced skipper training course and the next grade up from RYA Day Skipper for those who wish to manage a yacht in coastal waters by night rather than local waters by day. There is a suggested minimum pre-course experience of 15 days sea time (2 days as skipper); 300 nm logged and 8 night hours. There is a minimum age of 17 before a certificate can be issued.

    Prior to taking this course it is assumed students have sailing ability to Day Skipper Practical standard and knowledge of navigation to Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Theory.

    Please Note: From January 2107 the RYA have ruled there will no longer be a distinction between Coastal Skipper non tidal and tidal.
    Course Cost US$935

    Includes: Live-a-board with on board catering / All safety equipment to RYA standards / On board fridge – freezer / On board gas cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / On board Bluetooth music system / All relevant RYA course notes & training materials / RYA Certificate / 5 days of sail training in inshore and offshore Caribbean waters.
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    Mile Building Caribbean

    Mile Building – non tidal & tidal

    Our location in Antigua allows us to offer several options for Mile & Experience Building around the Caribbean. Our association with our Race Charter Partners introduces further exciting opportunities to sail on some fantastic race yachts, not only in the Caribbean but also in Europe, the Mediterranean and Transatlantic.

    Whatever your levels of skill and knowledge are you will never stop learning when it comes to sailing. The only way to learn is to get out there and do it!

    It is, of course, beneficial to go out on your own or with friends and learn from your mistakes. However, it is even more beneficial when you are being guided by a highly qualified Yachtmaster Instructor or Professional Racing Skipper. They have years of experience they are only too happy to pass on.

    These sailing adventures are offered to give more experience, and build miles in logbooks, to enable the progression through the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme to achieve recommended mileage criteria.
    Course Cost US$895 / 5 day period

    Includes: Live-a-board with on board catering / All safety equipment to RYA standards / On board fridge – freezer / On board gas cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / On board Bluetooth music system / 5 days of sail training in inshore and offshore Caribbean waters with inter-island passages.
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    Yachtmaster preparation and exam

    Yachtmaster Preparation with Exam

    Each of our RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Preparation weeks are open to both Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore candidates. We also offer a Yachtmaster Ocean Course Package for those wishing to reach the pinnacle of global skippering.

    These are the levels that most students aspire to, but they can only be achieved through independent examination. As you would expect, it is a tough examination and some pre-preparation is highly recommended. A “Preparation Week” is not an official RYA course. There is no obligation to undergo one prior to examination.

    Our preparation weeks target candidate’s strengths and weaknesses on the first day. Over the next 4 days, weak areas are focused on and honed to examination standard. This offers our examinees the best possible chance of success. Please see our recommended Yachtmaster Theory & Preparation Package. This provides an even better chance of success as it brings theory knowledge right to the front of the brain. Confidence with theory is equally as important as practical skills when it comes to examination.
    Course Cost US$1,545 plus exam fee.

    Includes: Expert Yachtmaster Instructor guidance / Live-a-board with on board catering / All safety equipment to RYA standards / On board fridge – freezer / On board gas cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / On board Bluetooth music system / 2 days yacht charter for examination.
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    RYA Yachtmaster Fast Track Caribbean

    Yachtmaster “Xpress”

    We offer an intensive training programme broken down into 2 Training Modules that target both levels of RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence  for Leisure Sailing.

    Each Module has the potential to open a door to employment in the industry after Commercial Endorsement.

    These levels of qualification are:
    Module 1 – RYA//MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore – 16 weeks
    Module 2 – RYA//MCA Yachtmaster Ocean – 2 weeks
    We have further improved the options for our students by introducing all of our Supplementary Courses to make the final qualification achieved more comprehensive, and beneficial, in terms of the knowledge gained.
    Course Cost:

      • Module 1 US$14,760
      • Module 2 US$1,880

     

    Includes: Expert Yachtmaster Instructor guidance / Live-a-board with on board catering / All safety equipment to RYA standards / On board fridge – freezer / On board gas cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / On board Bluetooth music system / Supplementary RYA Courses / All courses in the RYA Yachtmaster (Sail) Scheme / 10 weeks of Mile Building throughout the Caribbean Island chain.
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    Yachtmaster Ocean Caribbean

    Yachtmaster Ocean Preparation

    At Miramar Sailing we believe that candidates preparing for their Ocean Yachtmaster Examination need practical training, in addition to the theory course.
    This training aims to highlight the practical requirements of the examination criteria, by preparing Yachtmaster Offshore holders for the qualifying ocean passage they will subsequently make for their Yachtmaster Ocean examination.
    During the preparation week, which should ideally follow a Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course, you will put into practice:

    Food Provisioning / House Keeping / Spares Supplies – Engine & Rigging / Tool & Bosun’s Kits / Watch Selection / Sail Selection – Downwind Sailing / Safety Equipment / First Aid Kit Contents / Communications / Weather Forecasting & Routing / Astro Navigation at sea
    Course Cost US$1,035

    Includes: Expert Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor guidance / Live-a-board with on board catering / All safety equipment to RYA standards / On board fridge – freezer / On board gas cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / On board Bluetooth music system.
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    RYA Power Boat Caribbean

    Power Boat – Level 1

    This course is an introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, boat preparation, terminology, safety, engine checks, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment.

    There is also an introduction to the theory and requirements for Power Boat Level 2.

    The Level 1 course completion certificate will be endorsed for coastal waters and is an essential starting point for those wishing to take up leisure power boating.

    No previous experience is required. Candidates under 16 will receive an endorsed certificate appropriate to their age.

    Please Note:. There is a difference between a Power Boat and a Motor Cruiser. For simplicity a Motor Cruiser has below decks accommodation, and could also be referred to as a Cabin Cruiser. Miramar Sailing School does not offer the RYA Motor Cruising Scheme.
    Course Cost US$365

    Includes: Light lunch daily / All safety equipment to RYA standards / Fuel  / RYA course notes / RYA Certificate / Free Wi-Fi on school premises.
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    RYA Power Boat Caribbean

    Power Boat – Level 2

    This course teaches the necessary skills to drive a powerboat in daylight and coastal waters. Ability to Power Boat Level 1 is assumed. It offers eligibility for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) coastal for power up to 10m.

    You will learn many boat handling skills including close quarter handling, man overboard recovery, picking up a mooring buoy, high speed manoeuvres, anchoring and control of the boat in a sea. Some theory is also taught but it is assumed that you have knowledge of terminology and conduct with regard to other vessels in confined waters.

    RYA minimum age 12. Candidates under 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate.

    Please Note:. There is a difference between a Power Boat and a Motor Cruiser. For simplicity a Motor Cruiser has below decks accommodation, and could also be referred to as a Cabin Cruiser. Miramar Sailing School does not offer the RYA Motor Cruising Scheme.
    Course Cost US$535

    Includes: Light lunch daily / All safety equipment to RYA standards / Fuel  / RYA course notes / RYA Certificate / Free Wi-Fi on school premises.
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    RYA VHF Course Caribbean

    SRC (VHF) Radio

    Owners of hand held, or fixed, marine radio sets are required by law to hold an operator’s licence.

    The SRC(VHF) licence awarded is a pre-requisite for any RYA/MCA Yachtmaster qualification.

    It is also a very important qualification before you tackle the Day Skipper Practical qualification or intend to bare boat charter, or apply for Commercial Endorsement

    If you hold a licence issued pre 1999 you will need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase SRC(VHF) equipment with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) facility

    You will need to learn the Phonetic Alphabet before you take this course.
    Course Cost US$240 for both Classroom & Online options.

    Classroom Course includes:  Open air waterfront classroom with beautiful views across the Antiguan hillside / Light lunch / Use of Fridge – Freezer & Gas Cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / All relevant RYA course notes / Training radios / Course Completion Certificate

    Online Course includes: SRC (VHF) eBook redemption voucher / Comprehensive logon instructions / Course Completion Certificate / Free Wi-Fi on school premises during assessment.
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    RYA Radar Course Caribbean

    Radar

    This course gives an understanding of radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.

    Cruising boats increasingly have radar on board. The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS) require that if you have radar you must know how to use it.

    Radar is probably the most versatile of all electronic navigation aids, but the best results are only obtained when you know how to use all the functions correctly. It is not an “all seeing eye”, and can easily mislead those who do not understand its controls, allow for its limitations, or interpret its screen accurately.

    Course Cost US$240 

    includes: Open air waterfront classroom with beautiful views across the Antiguan hillside / Light lunch / Use of Fridge –  Freezer & Gas Cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / All relevant RYA course notes and training materials / RYA Certificate.
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    RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance Caribbean

    Diesel Engine Maintenance

    The aim of the course is to give awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine and the ability to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea by rectifying defects which do not require workshop support.

    Course Cost US$240 

    includes: Light lunch / Use of Fridge / Freezer & Gas Cooker / Free Wi-Fi on school premises / All relevant RYA course notes and training materials / RYA Certificate.
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    RYA First Aid Caribbean

    First Aid

    Please Note: We are not able to offer this course at Miramar Sailing School, but can arrange for it to be taken as a one day course as an individual module within the STCW 10 at our associate MCA Training Centre in Antigua. These courses are held regularly.

    First Aid is a pre-requisite for any RYA/MCA Yachtmaster qualification.

    The RYA/MCA do not accept any First Aid Certificate. Please see here for a list of Unacceptable certificates.

    This course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, and estuaries, or on cross channel passages.

    In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.

    Course Cost US$195

    includes: Free Wi-Fi on school premises / All relevant RYA course notes and training materials / RYA Certificate.
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    RYA Basic Sea Survival Caribbean

    Personal Survival Techniques

    Please Note: We are not able to offer this course at Miramar Sailing School, but can arrange for it to be taken as the equivalent STCW Personal Survival Techniques one day course as an individual module within the STCW 10 at our associate MCA Training Centre in Antigua. These courses are held regularly.

    This course gives you the introduction of what to do should you ever need to abandon ship and take to the liferaft. The course covers basic survival afloat, what to take with you, and how best to survive whilst awaiting rescue. The practical part of the course takes place in the pool where you will don a lifejacket and practice your skills getting in and out of the liferaft. You will be required to wear your swim suit, shorts and T shirt or track suit bottoms whilst completing the pool session. Please bring a towel.

    RYA Basic Sea Survival or STCW Personal Survival Techniques are a pre-requisite for a Commercial Endorsement

    The aim of this course is to give an understanding of how to use the safety equipment carried on small boats, including a practical session in launching and boarding a life raft.

    The course is recommended by the RYA & MCA.

    Course Cost US$245

    includes: Free Wi-Fi on school premises / All relevant RYA course notes and training materials / RYA Certificate.
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    PPR Caribbean

    PPR – Professional Practices & Responsibilities

    PPR is a compulsory Online course for new and revalidating RYA Commercial Endorsement applicants.

    Each year approximately 4,500 people apply to the RYA for a commercial endorsement in order to use their RYA qualifications professionally as skipper or crew. You could be doing anything from delivering a new 35’ yacht or driving a workboat with lifting and towing gear, to running a super yacht in the Med. Whatever your job is on board, in the commercial world you are a professional seafarer. As such, you are no different from the captain of a cruise liner – you have a duty of care to crew, passengers, and other water users, and you will be held to account if things go wrong.

    This Online courses is delivered by Navathome.

    Course Cost US$55

    includes: Course login /  Certificate.
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    Cruising in the Caribbean

    Course ‘n Cruise – 2 Weeks

    A selection of options that all incorporate either Competent Crew Practical training or Day Skipper training with a Caribbean Cruise around Antigua & Barbuda.
    Course Cost From US$1,642 / student
    Inclusions are the same as for individual courses.
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    RYA Day Skipper Caribbean

    Day Skipper Theory & Practical

    2 consecutive 5 day training courses with a weekend off in between to enjoy our beautiful island. Ideal for those wishing to progress from Competent Crew to eligibility for the International Certificate of Competence required for bare boat chartering.
    Course Cost US$1,495
    Inclusions are the same as for individual courses.
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    RYA Day Skipper Caribbean

    Day Skipper “Xpress”.

    This 3 week package is for those who have had a taster of sailing and are hooked! It takes students from the complete novice level of RYA Competent Crew through to Day Skipper Practical and eligibility for the International Certificate of Competence for Bare boat chartering.
    Course Cost US$2,360
    Inclusions are the same as for individual courses.
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    RYA Coastal Skipper Caribbean

    Coastal Skipper Theory & Practical

    Complete Coastal Skipper training for those Day Skippers who decided they wish to take their leisure sailing to the next level. This training is essential for anyone focusing on the ultimate goal of RYA / MCA Yachtmaster.
    Course Cost Online Option US$1,410 – Classroom Option US$1,695
    Inclusions are the same as for individual courses.
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    RYA Coastal Skipper Caribbean

    Coastal Skipper “Xpress”

    An extremely comprehensive package of RYA training from novice Competent Crew through to Coastal Skipper Practical. The package includes 5 weeks of training courses plus 1 week of Mile & Experience building around our neighbouring islands.
    Course Cost US$4,625
    Inclusions are the same as for individual courses.
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    RYA Yachtmaster Caribbean

    Yachtmaster Theory & Preparation with Exam

    Your Coastal Skipper training is complete, you have built the necessary miles and skippering experience, and you are ready for Yachtmaster. This 2 week package prepares you with up to the minute theory training and practical preparation. Both are essential if your examination is to be successful.
    Course Cost US$2,395
    Inclusions are the same as for individual courses.
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