Ondeck Antigua WI

Antigua WI


Learn to sail in Antigua - RYA / MCA Maritime Training | Ondeck Antigua

Maritime training and Sailing in Antigua and the CAribbean

Probably the best classroom in the World

Ondeck Antigua leads the way in the development of professional and leisure training courses in the Caribbean with an unrivalled range of course from complete beginner to improver to those wishing to pursue or develop a career in the marine industry.


Not only do we have first class instructors, a modern fleet of yachts and powerboats to learn on but we also have excellent classroom facilities and have invested heavily in the establishment of facilities to offer STCW safety training including fire fighting and personal-sea survival which are necessary for anyone wanting to work on commercial vessels as well as a new engineering training facility.


Use our Quick Course Finder page for a comprehensive list of all the courses we offer.




Professional and Advanced RYA Courses


Ideal for those wishing to advance their career or their personal skills including Yachtmaster Offshore theory, preparation and exams, Yachtmaster Ocean theory, qualifying passages and ocean exams, Radar, SRC VHF Radio

September 2016 sees the launch of our RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Fastrack Course which will finish in late December and put candidates in a strong position to look for work in the peak of the season.


Late 2016 sees the launch of our RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Fast track course which will finish late December and put candidates in a strong position to look for work in the peak of the season.


In addition we are launching a range of Motor Courses including RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep;  Sail to Power and Power to Sail conversions



Professional MCA Courses


Professional MCA  approved qualifications: including all modules STCW10 (formerly STCW95) including the PSA (Proficiency in Security Awareness) course. We are also approved to certificate PDSD (Proficiency in Designated Security Duties) course and the STCW10 Update or Renewal course which is required every 5 years.


Medical care Onboard Ship, Medical First Aid, EDH (Efficient Deck Hand and Engineering courses are coming soon.



Boatmaster Professional Caribbean Courses


Boatmaster: Ondeck has launched the Boatmaster courses that follow the International Maritime Organisation syllabus. These are primarily aimed at Caribbean based boat captains requiring Caribbean legal certification and are endorsed by ADOMS [Antigua Department of Marine Service] Structured prof crew programmes.



Live Fire Training


Ondeck has one of the best equipped live fire facilities in the Caribbean, one that is used for a range of informal and formally accredited courses. Its is used by cruise Lines, superyachts, government departments and individuals


Our offerings can be broadly divided into the following areas but please note that we can adjust our programmes for non accredited courses to suit your specific requirements


Click Here for full details of our fire training



Marine Engineering Courses


We have completed our new engineering training centre at the facilities of North Sound Marina and are running Boat Engineer and vessel maintenance and repair courses from September 2016. This is an ideal location providing clean workshop space as well as a working boatyard. Our Engineering courses are divided into four main areas:


Boat Engineer Course, Boat Owner's Course, RYA Diesel Engine Maintenence Course.



Learn to Sail for Leisure


A wide range of modular RYA courses that allow progression all the way to Ocean Yachtmaster including Start yachting Competent Crew, Day Skipper, own boat tuition, Powerboat L1 and 2, Instructional and milebuilding cruises.


New Motor courses include RYA Helmsman, a short 2 day beginners motor cruising course and Day Skipper a 4 day course both of which are available own boat or on our vessels.


You can start right now by taking the Online RYA Day Skipper Class with NauticEd so that your theory is complete before you start the practical training with us.


We can also issue your International Certificate of Competence (ICC) when you are qualified.



Training for Leisure Vessel Users in Antigua


The Small Craft Control Act 2015 applies to all small craft under 24 metres/ 78 feet in length. Ondeck supply training for Leisure Vessel Users in a course designed specifically for smaller vessels



Group and Family Packages


Group and family packages. a great way to get a group together for a few days learning to sail and seeing antigua and the neighbouring islands from a completely different perspective. special rates for private, whole yacht charters.



Online Training


RYA Day Skipper Theory course online via NauticEd.


This is RYA approved and truly a world class online training experience. Cost $US350


PPR Professional Practices and responsibilities now a necessity for anyone seeking to commercially endorse their license and Essential Navigation and Seamanship an excellent introduction course for those starting out.


SRC [VHF Radio] is also available online with a need for a face to face assessment at our base in Antigua


Milebuilding and Passages


Milebuilding and passages: 100- 300 mile passage making in the Caribbean and across the Atlantic just for fun or to build experience and miles to progress.



Our courses include:


> RYA Sailing courses, RYA/MCA Yachtmaster, Yachtmaster Ocean training, Yachtmaster examinations.
> MCA Deck crew qualifications for entry into the Superyacht industry including  STCW10, Powerboat Level 2 and SRC Radio
> International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
> Marine Engineering Courses
> Big boat mile building experience
> Fast track and Gap Year sailing opportunities
> Instructional cruises and blue water sailing for families and groups


We are also delighted to announce our first Online Interactive courses. Currently we offer the Essential Navigation and Seamanship course, Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR) and Marine Radio Short Range Certificate Course. You can complete the Essential Navigation and Seamanship course from the comfort of your own home - for full details click here.


Central to Ondeck's ethos is YOU. Our friendly, professional instructors will ensure that you get the highest possible standard of training.  All our training is accepted globally and is externally assessed on an annual basis. We ask the right questions to get you on the right course and our pre, during and post course support is always available.
Whether you just want to learn to sail in the Caribbean with family and friends, or need to get qualifications for progression in the yachting industry, Ondeck can offer a professionally run, enjoyable RYA/MCA course to suit you. 


Ondeck Sailing offer the following courses from our base in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua


Please click on the courses listed below for full details, dates and prices.



Practical Courses

Shorebased Courses

RYA Start Yachting
RYA Competent Crew
RYAPowerboat Levels 1 and 2
PWC (Personal Watercraft)

RYA Day Skipper - Practical

International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

Coastal Skipper

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail and Motor

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Preparation and Exam

Yachtmaster Power Sail Conversions


ADOMS/IMO Boatmaster Practical


Dinghy Sailing


RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

RYA Radio Operators License (SRC)

RYA Day Skipper - Theory

RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

Ocean Oral Exam


MCA STCW10 (formerly STCW95) includes:

> Personal Survival Techniques

> Elementary First Aid

> Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

> Personal Safety and Social Responsibility - PSSR

> Personal Security Awareness - PSA

> STCW MFAS Medical First Aid
> STCW MCOS Medical Care
> STCW MCOS Updating


MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)


RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities

Boatmaster Theory
MCA Sea Survival (MNTB)
MCA First Aid

MCA Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)

Marine Engineering Courses

Boat Engineer Course

Boat Owner's Course

RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance Course



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