RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Motor

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Motor

The preparation method is normally 3 days onboard but as the examiner will expect a high level of mechanical knowledge of a general and vessel specific nature then completing one of the Engineering courses is highly recommended. We can build a 2 day maintenance course into the prep

During the exam you can expect to give the examiner a guided tour of your engine room. He/she will expect a detailed knowledge of your equipment and may ask searching questions about the operation of specific machinery and systems.

The same may be true of fuel switching systems between tanks and engines or the use of day tanks. Be aware of how much fuel you carry and your cruising range.  Make sure you can explain the oil, air, fuel, salt and fresh water systems and show the examiner where all the lines and hoses go. You will be expected to have an engineering knowledge in excess of the RYA one day course and attending a more detailed course such as the MCA AEC is highly recommended.

You will be expected to be able to handle the boat efficiently in a confined area and be able to berth in a variety of situations. This may well include berthing on one engine (in a twin engine vessel) and berthing without the use of the bow thruster if fitted.

Under way you will be examined on your high-speed navigation. Make sure you know where you are and where you are going at all times. The power exam may well have more emphasis than the sail equivalent on GPS and radar navigation so make sure you are familiar with the equipment on the exam vessel.

Cost US $1750 + RYA exam fees

Duration: 5 Days plus maintenance course
(3 Days preparation, followed by a 2 day exam)
Max students :
Previous Experience:VHF certificate, A Valid First Aid certificate, 
50 days Onboard, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles, 5 passages over 60 nautical miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper. 
Minimum Age:18
Locations:AntiguaDates:This course is run all year round

Yacht Maintenance

This is a modular 3 day course aimed at professional skippers, crew and private individuals who simply want to understand their vessels mechanics and systems in more detail. It is also ideal for anyone doing any advanced motor skipper courses.

Course content

Introduction to the Marine diesel engine, component parts and systems to include:
The fuel system
The cooling System
The lubrication system
Electrical systems

We will cover basic Diesel Engine servicing and maintenance
Daily care and checks
Fault finding


Outboard Engine servicing and maintenance
Changing waterpump impellers

Cost is US $495

RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival

This is a 2 day course comprising the one day RYA Sea Survival course and one day of training in seamanship and emergencies, including heavy weather seamanship, weather forecasting, fire fighting and man overboard recovery

At the end of the course you will have a good knowledge of the safety equipment carried on small boats and the seamanship techniques needed to survive at sea in heavy weather.

The certificate awarded conforms with the eligibility requirements of section 6.01 of the World Sailing Special Regulations for category 0, 1 and some category 2 offshore races.

These regulations require a percentage of the crew to have taken personal survival training. Full details of the Special Regulations can be found in the World Sailing website https://www.sailing.org/

RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance

Mechanical failure is the main cause of rescue call-outs to cruisers. Basic maintenance and engine care will help ensure that you are not part of this statistic.

Most engine problems can be avoided by taking simple precautions, and you don’t need a detailed mechanical knowledge.

This course teaches you how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown

You will get to work on a real engine in a workshop environment, learning all about the diesel engine, how it works, and what might make it stop. Your instructor will set up some faults, requiring you to fix them in a systematic manner. During the session you will learn how to bleed the fuel system, replace fuel, oil, and air filters, and replace a pump impellor.

This is hands on training at its very best.

For those wanting to go further we do offer a 4 day maintenance and fault finding course

Duration:1 DayNo. Students to Instructor:6:1
Previous Experience:None, but some boating experience is preferableMinimum Age: 12
Locations:AntiguaDates:This course is run all year round


A valid SRC is a legal requirement in most parts of the world for any skipper who needs to use a Marine radio. At Ondeck we use real equipment so you can get the best from our hands on training, getting used to real radio controls such as the press to talk button, the squelch, and DSC functions.

You will become familiar with how to send a Mayday, a Pan Pan and Securité Call. You will also cover all of the regulations and the need for a common radio language.

Before you attend the course, you will need to learn the Phonetic Alphabet.

This course allows you to gain confidence in using the handset and being able to get help quickly and efficiently in an emergency.

This course is a pre-requisite for Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore. It is also essential should you wish to Bareboat Charter and strongly recommended for anyone having completed the

You can take this course at our training centre or online as explained in the video below

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course provides an introduction to the elementary skills required before taking a small boat to sea, or taking an active part in running a boat.

It is normally offered online and takes around 8 hours

Before you go to sea it is essential that you understand how to practically run your boat so that you don’t get into difficulties. During this course you will cover a basic introduction to charts and associated publications, so that you can make an informed decision about where to go. You will learn about buoyage, so that you can get out of, and back into the harbour, the basics of navigation, and a lot about boating safely.

You will also learn how to find out what the tide is doing, how to avoid collision situations and how to obtain a relevant weather forecast, so that when you leave us, you know how to safely get between two nearby harbours, during the day in good weather.

This is also a great foundation course to compliment anyone interested in taking the Sailing Competent Crew, Motor yacht Helmsman’s or Powerboat Level 2 courses.

Duration:Normally OnlineNo. Students to Instructor:n/a
Previous Experience:None,Minimum Age:none
Locations:Antigua or at home

Elementary First Aid

Elementary First Aid (1 day)

Elementary First Aid

The Elementary First Aid course module combines theory and practical training for basic first aid and lifesaving skills. The course aims to provide an introduction to the principles of first aid and details how to respond to common medical emergencies.

Subjects covered in this module include:

Types of accidents and emergencies on board that may require first aid

Methods of raising the alarm

Immediate actions when accidents or medical emergencies occur

Minimising risk of further harm

Body structure and functions

Emergency first aid equipment and its use

Priorities of treatment (Triage)

Casualty positioning and transportation

Basic Life Support (CPR)

Shock management




On successful completion of this course the student will receive an MCA approved STCW certificate in Elementary First Aid (STCW Regulation A-VI/1-3)

Sea Survival

Personal Survival Techniques (PST)

This is a one day course and 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 to best survive whilst awaiting rescue. The practical part of the course, takes part in the sea where you will don on a lifejacket and practice your skills in and out of the liferaft.

It is one of the modules of the MCA Basic Safety Training and relevant for both professional and leisure vessel users

You will be required to wear your swim suit, shorts a, whilst completing the pool session. Please also bring a towel.

The aim of the sea survival module is to provide seafarers with the essential education and training in personal survival techniques to maximise the chances of survival in the event of an emergency or abandonment

Subjects covered in this module include:

Emergency situations such as collision, fire and flooding.

Different types of life-saving appliances carried on ships

Equipment in survival craft

Location of personal life-saving appliances

Principles concerning survival at sea.

Donning (putting on) a life jacket

Immersion suits

Safely jumping from a height into the water

Righting an upturned life raft while wearing a life jacket

Swimming while wearing a life jacket and keeping afloat

Boarding a life raft from a ship or the water while wearing a life jacket

Taking initial actions on boarding a survival craft to enhance chance of survival

Streaming a sea anchor

Recovering an injured person to a survival craft

On completion of this course the student will receive an MCA approved STCW certificate in Personal Survival Techniques (STCW Regulation A-VI/1-1) 

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal Theory

RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

The  course builds on the navigation and other theory knowledge acquired on the Day Skipper Course. It is intended for cruising yachtsmen, motor boaters, and who are looking to undertake more complex passages, perhaps offshore or at night.

It is a demanding theory course covering advanced navigation techniques such as – Position Fixing, Course to Steer, Passage Planning, Pilotage, Meteorology, IRPCS, Stability and Buoyage. By the end of the course the successful student will have a comprehensive knowledge of what is required to navigate to Yachtmaster standard, and will have passed 3 exams on chart work, passage planning, and IRPCS.

It is highly recommended that you revise the collision regulations before attending the course and have acquired the Day Skipper Theory knowledge before doing this course, to ensure successful completion.

The course is 6 full days but candidates can choose to continue their study before taking the final exams

If you are planning to follow this course with the Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore practical preparation and exams do ensure that you have an acceptable First Aid and VHF certificate – if not these can be booked with Oneck

Duration: 6 DaysNo. Students to Instructor:6:1 
Previous Experience:Day skipper theory or similar  Minimum Age:none
Locations:AntiguaDates:This course is run all year round