RYA Yachtmaster Coastal

Yachtmaster Coastal Preparation and Exam

Yachtmaster Coastal follows a very similar process to Yachtmaster Offshore in that we offer a 5-day practical preparation followed by an externally examined practical exam, usually over 2 days assuming 3 or more candidates.

The minimum seatime is less than the Yachtmaster Offshore and is detailed below.

The Yachtmaster Coastal is often a stepping stone before YM Offshore but it is not mandatory. Many people choose to continue to build experience and skip the YM Coastal and step straight into the Yachtmaster Offshore

We run this concurrently with the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore so search for those dates on the booking system. Candidates can do the 5 days Preparation and then choose at the end of that period whether to aim for the YM Coastal or YM Offshore exam

A GMDSS Short Range Certificate (SRC) or higher grade of marine radio certificate is required as is First Aid

Duration: 5 preparation + 2 Days for the exam based on 3 + studentsMax students
Previous Experience:30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours (if you hold the Coastal Skipper course certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours). Half the qualifying sea time must be conducted in tidal waters. Minimum Age:17
Locations:AntiguaDates:All year

Course Dates and Prices $1450 + RYA Exam fee

RYA Coastal Skipper

RYA Coastal Skipper – more advanced sailing for those with good knowledge of sailing and navigation undertaking longer passages at day and night

This course covers more advanced skippering techniques for those with a good knowledge of sailing and navigation wanting to undertake longer coastal passages at day and night. 5 days , 4 nights and food for Day 1. After that students are encouraged to take part in the provisioning and planning for the week

Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

We would expect candidates to have completed the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory beforehand 

An RYA course brochure is available here

Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster™. 

Partner courses to consider would be VHF SRC Radio, STCW PST – Sea Survival & Elementary First Aid

Duration: 5 Days normally 9am monday to 5pm Friday Max students  5
Previous Experience:15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hoursMinimum Age:17
Locations:AntiguaDates:All year
Course Content:Passage planning, Preparation for sea, Pilotage, Passage making and ability as skipper, Yacht handling under power, Yacht handling under sail, Adverse weather conditions, Emergency situations, 

Course Dates and Prices: Monthly US $1145

Alternative dates are available for group bookings upon request, please call the office or use the enquiry form below

RYA Day Skipper

RYA Day Skipper Theory

The RYA Day Skipper Theory course is an introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and seamanship. You will learn how to figure out tidal heights and streams and how they affect your course.

You will also learn about how to identify the ‘give way vessel’ when there is a risk of collision, ‘dead reckoning’ and ‘estimated positions’ as well as buoyage, safety equipment, passage planning and much more.

The first time you successfully navigate to a destination will give you a fantastic sense of achievement.

You can do the course in our classroom in Antigua over 5 days and we will work with you to be flexible on timings
Alternatively you can do the theory class online before you arrive  RYA Day Skipper Theory course online via NauticEd This is RYA approved and truly a world class online training experience.

Before attending the RYA Day Skipper Theory course It is useful that you have had some previous sailing or motor cruising experience.

Duration: 5 Days [40 hours plus exam times] No. Students to Instructor:6:1
Previous Experience:None but some boating experience is useful Minimum Age:none
Antigua or online .
Dates:This course is run all year round

RYA Competent Crew

RYA Competent Crew course for beginners and novices

The RYA Competent Crew is for beginners or novices looking to learn to sail and is suitable for those who have not been on the water before

Ondeck run the RYA Competent Crew Course in Antigua most weeks of the year typically Monday to Friday. It includes 4 nights on board and food for Day 1. After that students are encouraged to take part in the provisioning and planning for the week

This course is aimed at beginners or occasional sailors without previous training. You will be taught elementary seamanship and become familiar with safety at sea, sail handling, rope work, steering on all points of sailing and much, much more besides.

The RYA Competent Crew Course is an excellent way for people of all ages to learn to sail. If you’re going to learn habits, why not make them good ones? It is also a good one for friends and families to sail together privately either all doing Competent Crew or with Day Skipper candidates

The online RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is an ideal partner for this course and can be completed before you arrive to ensure you get even more from the course. In addition it may be useful to build some wind awareness sailing on dinghies. Sessions and and lessons can be booked at the National Sailing Academy

Like all of our courses this is available to join with others or to book privately

Next Steps – Once you have completed the RYA Competent Crew Course you may wish to try your hand at learning to skipper a yacht in which case the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course and RYA Day Skipper Practical Course would be an ideal next step.

Duration: 5 Days normally 9 am Mon to 5 pm Fri with 4 nights on board Max students 5
Previous Experience:NoneMinimum Age:16 + or any age if with parent or guardian .
Locations:Antigua, Caribbean Dates:All Year

MCA Security Courses


Ondeck is working with MUSC to deliver the advanced Security courses for the first time in Antigua.

MUSCs credentials in this field are second to none, with delivery by  Mr Richard Hussey who is an acknowledged subject matter expert in his field. He has a world wide portfolio of Port and ships security surveys, assessments and provision of security.

We are running the CSO and SSO as a combined 3 day course so you will receive both linked certifications.  

STCW10 Basic Safety Training


STCW Basic Safety Training is the standard for emergency, safety and survival training which is mandatory training for all crew working on board ships.

This is also a requirement for holders of a commercially endorsed Yacht Master Offshore or Ocean looking to work towards the MCA STCW Master Yacht 200GT (OOW 500GT). The training requirements also include masters and deck officers on workboats of over 24m and less than 500GT, but strongly recommended to be taken by all Seafarers.

Ondeck provides MCA approved STCW Basic Safety Training courses exceptionally delivered by qualified and experienced maritime instructors across the 4 modules

 PST – Personal Survival Techniques (often referred to as Sea Survival)

> Elementary First Aid

> PSSR – Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

> Fire prevention and Fire Fighting

PST – Personal Survival Techniques 

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) 

Fire prevention and Fire Fighting

This module provides you with basic, but essential information for fire safety on board. Through a mixture of theoretical classroom sessions, demonstrations and practical exercises you will learn how to minimise the risk of fires on board, personal safety requirements in fire situations and the effective use of portable and fixed firefighting equipment including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). 

Subjects covered in this module include:

Dangers of fire on board 

On board safety and good housekeeping practices 

Flammable materials 

The fire triangle

Common causes of ignition sources

Fire spread and Containment

Fire and smoke detection systems 

Classes of fires that may be encountered on board

Methods used to extinguish fires

Typical shipboard design features and equipment

Fixed firefighting systems commonly found on board

Fire teams and their associated equipment 

Firefighting organisation and related procedures

Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)

Training and drills

On successful completion of this course the student will receive an MCA approved STCW certificate in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (STCW Regulation A-VI/1-2).

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)

PSSR – Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

The Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR) module provides a basic introduction to the safety, emergency procedures and accident prevention on board ships. This course also provides the new seafarer with knowledge of their responsibilities and duties while aboard or ashore as well as the working conditions, responsibilities and duty of care provided by their employer, Master and management.

Subjects covered in this module include:

Types of emergencies that may occur while on board

Knowledge of shipboard contingency plans for responses to emergencies

Personal safety equipment used in emergency situations

Training, drills and emergency preparation.

Escape routes and internal communications

Complying with emergency procedures 

Environmental awareness, protection and emergency response procedures

Safe working practices and personal protective equipment

Enclosed spaces, hot works, working aloft and other hazardous shipboard activities

Understanding orders and being understood in relation to shipboard duties

Effective verbal and non-verbal communications 

Contributing to effective human relationships on board

Importance of maintaining good human working relationships aboard ship

Social responsibilities, employment conditions, individual rights and obligations

Dangers of drug and alcohol abuse

Effects of fatigue

On successful completion of this course the student will receive an MCA approved STCW certificate in Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (STCW Regulation A-VI/1-4)

Duration:5 days in totalNo. Students to Instructor:12:1
Previous Experience:None, but some boating experience is preferable Minimum Age:16
Locations:AntiguaDates:This course is run all year round