Dinghy Sailing


Combine your course with Ondeck with some dinghy sailing at the National Sailing Academy just a couple of hundred yards away from our office. 

The Sailing Academy is an accredited RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Training Centre offering courses for both dinghies and keelboats by RYA Instructors.

A 1-day informal course or a 2 day RYA Level 1 Dinghy sailing course can be arranged privately or in very small groups to fit in with your itinerary and is invaluable for all levels of sailor looking to improve skills on one of our larger boats. The principles of points of sail are the same and your wind awareness will improve hugely.

For bespoke/on demand courses the prices are:

1 day course with lunch US $150
2 day RYA Level 1 course with lunches US $250

All proceeds go to supporting the Academy which is a charity teaching sailing to Antiguan kids.

They are open all year round and offer both Youth and Adult Sailing Courses:

They also have a good restaurant (Island Fusion – see Facebook) and affordable accommodation 

onsite – please see www.thelodgeantigua.com for details 

See www.nationalsailingacademy.org for more detail 

Contact info@nationalsailingacademy.org to book directly 

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