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MCA Approved STCW Training and RYA Sailing Programs at English Harbour, St. John's in Antigua

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Located in English Harbour, St. John's in Antigua, Ondeck Maritime Training offers a range of activities including training courses approved by RYA and MCA from novice to Professional. They also offer individuals and groups the opportunity to race in all of the Caribbean Regattas including Barbados Race week , Grenada, RORC Caribbean 600, Heineken St Maarten, St. Thomas, BVI, Les Voiles de St Barth and of course Antigua Sailing Week

The sailing area is spectacular taking in Nelson's Dockyard, English and Falmouth Harbours and the beautiful coastline. They also arrange private charter for a day or half day.


Ondeck Sailing offers a wide range of modular RYA courses that allow progression from complete beginner looking to learn to sail or drive a motorboat all the way to RYA Ocean Yachtmaster.

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Training Programs




STCW Courses

  • STCW10 Basic Safety Training:  Personal Survival Techniques, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Fire prevention and Fire Fighting, and Personal Survival Techniques.
  • STCW10 Updating or Renewal Courses: Seafarers who hold an existing Personal Survival Techniques (PST) certificate and Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting certificate (FPFF) are required to complete this updating training course every 5 years to maintain proficiency under the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments (STCW Section A-VI/1 and table A-VI/1-1).
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness: Security awareness training must be undertaken by all seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on ships which are required to comply with the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974, as amended and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
  • Elementary First Aid: The Elementary First Aid course module combines theory and practical training for basic first aid and lifesaving skills.

RYA Practical Sail Programs

  • RYA Competent Crew: 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.
  • RYA Day Skipper Sail: The Day Skipper Practical is an introduction to taking charge onboard a yacht, allowing you to put your basic navigation, pilotage, and sailing skills into practice.
  • RYA Coastal Skipper: 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 with 2 meals supplied per day
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal: Yachtmaster Coastal follows a very similar process to Yachtmaster Offshore in that a 5-day practical preparation followed by an externally examined practical exam are offered, usually over 2 days assuming 3 or more candidates.
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore: The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore is one of the most highly respected and prestigious sailing qualifications in the world and we pride ourselves on training many high calibre Yachtmaster Candidates.
  • RYA Power to Sail Conversion Course: Holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore sail Certificate of Competence may take a conversion exam to obtain the equivalent power certificate of competence. Candidates may also convert from power to sail.

RYA Practical Motor Courses

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Day Skipper Motor
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Motor
  • Yachtmaster Sail to Power Conversion

RYA Theory Courses

  • RYA Day Skipper
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal Theory
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory
  • RYA SRC VHF Radio
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
  • PPR Professional Practices & Responsibilities and Commercial Endorsements

Caribbean & Boatmaster Courses

  • Boatmaster 1 & 2
  • Boatmaster 3

NauticEd Online

Ondeck is a NauticEd approves center for practical on-the-water training for the NauticEd online sailing courses. Take online theory sailing courses with NauticEd, then use the skilled in-house sailing instructors to gain practical sailing experience and confidence. Once you pass the courses and practical training, you'll be awarded with a NauticEd Sailing Certification with Verified Practical Competency.

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Recreational Training Courses

  • RYA Start Yachting
  • RYA Competent Crew
  • RYA Day Skipper Sail
  • RYA Coastal Skipper
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory
  • Milebuilding
  • ICC Certificate of Competence
  • RYA Start Motor Cruising
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Helmsman
  • RYA Day Skipper Motor
  • Yachtmaster Offshore Motor
  • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship
  • RYA Day Skipper
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal Theory
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
  • RYA SRC VHF Radio
  • Sea Survival
  • Elementary First Aid
  • Yacht Maintenance
  • RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival

Other Courses

  • General Fire Training
  • Jetski - PWC - Personal Watercraft