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 constant breezes, crystal-clear blue seas, and we are surrounded by a stunning tropical backdrop and 365 beaches – one for every day of the year – not to mention our fantastic, and experienced, RYA Yachtmaster Instructors!

During the Yachtmaster Prep Courses and the exams, in both the UK and the Caribbean, you will be presented with their own set of unique challenges:

  • In the case of Antigua, you might find yourself managing your yacht and crew tacking down a narrow channel in-between reefs, navigating to a nearby island and learning to deal with the customs clearing procedures, or arriving at a buoyed channel of superyachts at night while dealing with unlit fishing nets…
  • In the UK, you will not have the hazards of coral reefs, but you will undoubtedly have to deal with heavier shipping traffic and rather colder conditions both day and night and larger tidal ranges…

For those considering their RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence for future commercial work, here in Antigua you are ideally positioned in the hub of the Caribbean yachting industry. From crew placement agencies to concierge services, the superyacht industry makes its Caribbean home in Antigua.

The historic Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour are surrounded by skilled tradespeople, concierge services providing crew and services for the superyachts. Jolly Harbour Marina is also home for the charter market in Antigua, and has Tradewinds and Dream Yacht Charter bases, and it is adding a brand-new large Catamaran lift.

There is a good reason that Antigua Sailing Week is the culminating event of the Caribbean Regatta season… it’s the place to be!