Personal experience: What is the Yachtmaster Exam all about?

What is the Yachtmaster Exam all about? Simply put – the exam is your opportunity to demonstrate that you as skipper actually know what to do when things come up while running a cruising sailboat. Because – as they say s- – t happens! Perhaps you may have been sailing for your whole life or […]

Why take your Yachtmaster Preparation course and Exam in the Caribbean?

So, you are thinking about taking your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore preparation course and exam to obtain one of the most prestigious sailing qualifications in the world, and now you are deciding where to take it? Consider coming to the Caribbean, specifically here in Antigua and Barbuda, as a unique alternative experience: we have sunshine, wonderful […]

Commercial Endorsement

What is a Commercial Endorsement?  Do you really need it? And if so, how do you get it? As the RYA explains, a commercial endorsement is required to work on board British flagged vessels subject to the MCA’s codes of practice for small commercial vessels.  So yes, if you want to work on a red ensign vessel, […]

RYA Certification and jobs in sailing

One of the things that we often hear from our students after they have just completed their first sailing course is this: “This is amazing! I love sailing, I want to get a job working on a boat!  What can I do? Where can I work? What kind of experience is needed? What qualifications should […]