Super Yacht Training

Super Yacht Training

We offer a wide range of fully approved MCA STCW courses for superyacht crew of all levels, from basic safety training to professional short courses for the Master (Yachts), Chief Mate (Yachts) and Officer of the Watch (Yachts) Certificates of Competency.

I want to work on a superyacht – Basic Safety Training

Everyone wishing to work on a superyacht, regardless of position, needs to complete some basic safety training. Before you can be employed on board, you must complete the following STCW basic safety training courses;

STCW Personal Survival Techniques (Sea Survival)
STCW Elementary First Aid
STCW Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting
STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR)

Whilst it is not an MCA requirement, most yachts will require you to hold a security qualification. The basic security course is the STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness. However, If you take any kind of active role in the security of the boat, for example passerelle duty, you will require the STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties.

As well as your basic safety training, you will need an ENG1 medical certificate to prove your medical fitness which must be renewed at least every 2 years whatever your function on board or level of seniority. Full details on MCA medical fitness certificates can be found here.

Deckhands, Yacht Ratings and Able Seafarers

Deck crew only need the STCW basic safety training to be able to work on board, but larger yachts may require you to hold a Yacht Rating Certificate. From here you can progress to an Able Seafarer. Full details on how to achieve these can be found in MSN 1862 Sections 3 to 5.

Officer of the Watch – OOW(Yachts) less than 3,000GT, Unlimited area

To obtain an OOW (Yachts) certificate you must be 19 years old and meet the following training and sea service criteria before you can you sit your MCA Oral;

  • Hold RYA Yachtmaster Coastal OR IYT Master of Yachts Coastal
  • Complete the Yacht Training Record Book (Candidates with 36 months’ Actual Sea Service on yachts over 24m Load Line Length are exempt from this requirement)
  • Hold the following MCA qualifications in addition to your STCW basic training

Sea Service Requirements (Definitions of the different types of sea service can be found here)

  • Since the age of 16 you must have 36 months’ Onboard Yacht Service.
  • 365 days of this service must be made up as follows;
    • 250 days of Actual Sea Service (Minimum)
    • 115 days of any combination of the following;
    • Actual Sea Service
    • Stand-by Service
    • Yard Service – Up to a maximum of 90 days in total

Once all of these requirements have been met you can apply for your MCA OOW (Yachts less than 3,000GT) Oral examination, you can find the full syllabus here and we offer an OOW 3000 oral prep course.

You may apply for your Notice of Eligibility (NOE) before you have completed all of the courses but you should complete them before you apply for your exam date. In any case your CoC will not be issued until you have met all these requirements even if you pass your oral before this time. To apply for your oral exam, or for full details on the application requirements see MSF 4343.

Chief Mate (Yachts) less than 3,000GT, Unlimited area

The qualifying requirements for a Chief Mate are very similar to those for OOW 3000, the sea time requirements and oral examination syllabus are exactly the same but you need the following additional qualifications;

You can apply for your Chief Mate CoC at the same time as your OOW 3000 as long as you meet all the qualifying requirements. We offer a Chief Mate (Yachts) 3000 oral prep course.

Master (Yachts) less than 500GT, Unlimited area

To progress to Master (Yachts) 500GT you must have 12 months’ Onboard Yacht Service as a deck officer on vessels over 15m load line length. This must include at least 120 days of watchkeeping service and be served whilst holding your OOW 3000 CoC. (Sea service definitions can be found here).

You also need to complete the following STCW qualifications if not already held;

And complete the following training modules and pass the corresponding IAMI exam;

  • Seamanship and Meteorology (Master)
  • Stability (Master)
  • Business & Law (Master)
  • Navigation, Radar & ARPA Simulator
  • IAMI Celestial Navigation exam (exam only)

Once all of these requirements have been met you can apply for your MCA Master (Yachts) less than 500 GT Oral examination, you can find the syllabus here and we offer a Master (Yachts) 500 oral prep course.

You may apply for your Notice of Eligibility (NOE) once you have completed the relevant sea service. You need not have completed all of the IAMI and STCW qualifications but you should complete them before you apply for your exam date. In any case your CoC will not be issued until you have met all the requirements. To apply for your oral exam, or for full details on the application requirements see MSF 4343.

Master (Yachts) less than 3,000 GT, Unlimited area

To progress to Master (Yachts) 3,000GT you must have 24 months’ Onboard Yacht Service as a deck officer on vessels over 15m load line length. This must include at least 240 days of watchkeeping service. Of this 24 months, either 12 months must be completed on vessels over 24m load line length OR 6 months must be completed on vessels over 500 GT. All of this must be served whilst holding your OOW 3000 CoC. (Sea service definitions can be found here).

You must also hold an MCA Master (Yachts) less than 500 GT CoC and an IAMI Celestial Navigation exam pass certificate.

If you do not hold the Master 500 qualification, then you must complete all the relevant STCW short courses and IAMI module as listed above.

Once all of these requirements have been met you can apply for your MCA Master (Yachts) less than 3,000 GT Oral examination, you can find the full syllabus here and we offer a Master (Yachts) 3,000 oral prep course.

You may apply for your Notice of Eligibility (NOE) once you have completed the relevant sea service. You need not have completed all of the IAMI and STCE qualifications but you should complete them before you apply for your exam date. In any case your CoC will not be issued until you have met all the requirements. To apply for your oral exam, or for full details on the application requirements see MSF 4343.

Sea Service Definitions

The below terms will be counted in days and months. A day is defined as at least 4 hours of working duty in the deck department in a 24-hour period. A month is a calendar month or 30 days if made up of shorter periods.

Onboard Yacht Service – The time spent on board a yacht from enlistment to discharge regardless of the vessel’s activity.
Actual Sea Service – Time spent at sea, including time at anchor or river and canal transits associated with a passage.
Stand-by Service – Time immediately following a voyage while the vessel is being prepared for the next voyage. Your period of stand-by time cannot be longer than the previous voyage and you cannot count more than 14 days in any one period of stand-by activity.
Yard Service – Time spent during the construction, refit or repair of the vessel.
Sea Service – Includes Actual Sea Service, Stand-by Service and/or Yard Service.
Watchkeeping Service – Actual Sea Service spent in charge of a navigational watch. 4 hours of watchkeeping in a 24-hour period counts as 1 day. You cannot count multiple watches in a single 24-hour period as more than 1 day.

Superyacht Course List

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Available courses

Seafish Navigation and Bridge Watchkeeping

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

This course is for skippers of vessels less than 16.5m.   The course forms part of the under Seafish Under 16.5m Skippers Certificate. The Seafish 5 day Navigation and Watchkeeping course is intended for anyone taking a navigational watch and skippers of vessels less than 16.5m operating beyond 20nm miles of a safe haven.

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BASIC HEALTH & SAFETY

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

The Seafish Basic Health and Safety course aims to provide new entrants to the commercial fishing industry the knowledge and skills required to work safely onboard a commercial fishing vessel. It is a mandatory requirement for everyone before working on a commercial fishing vessel. The course includes an understanding of the language used in the industry, individual roles and responsibilities, the dangers of the job and which skills are required to operate safely on board. 2 Years after completing the Basic Health and Safety course, all candidates must then attend the Seafish Safety Awareness and Risk Assessment course. Both of these courses are a legal requirement to work in the Commercial Fishing Industry.

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STCW Elementary First Aid

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

The STCW Elementary First Aid course forms part of the mandatory basic safety training for all seafarers. The Elementary First Aid STCW A-VI/1-2.1.3 certificate is awarded at the end of the course on the basis of continuous assessment. Click on BOOK NOW to continue with your booking. Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way. Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email us.

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NAEST (NAVIGATION AIDS, EQUIPMENT AND SIMULATOR TRAINING) – OPERATIONAL LEVEL

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

The NAEST (Navigational Aids, Equipment and Simulator Training) operational level course is designed to provide candidates with the skills to maintain safe navigation through effective use of electronic navigation systems. This is a 4 week course, please nor it does not include ECDIS. NAEST training is a mandatory requirement for all MCA Certificates of Competency above OOW 500GT inclusive.

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SAFETY AWARENESS

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

The Seafish Safety Awareness course is a mandatory requirement for all fishermen with six months or more of experience, regardless of other qualifications held. Combining lectures, films, demonstrations and practical sessions, this course covers the day to day practical safety issues on board commercial fishing boats, reinforcing the knowledge needed and action to be taken in certain critical situations.

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STCW Elementary First Aid

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

The STCW Elementary First Aid course forms part of the mandatory basic safety training for all seafarers. The Elementary First Aid STCW A-VI/1-2.1.3 certificate is awarded at the end of the course on the basis of continuous assessment. Click on BOOK NOW to continue with your booking. Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way. Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email us.

Book Now! £150.00 10 tickets left

SEA SURVIVAL (PERSONAL SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES)

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

The STCW Sea Survival Personal Survival Techniques course forms part of the mandatory basic safety training for all seafarers. Also, Seafarers who hold an existing personal survival techniques (PST) certificate are required to complete this updating training course to maintain proficiency under the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments (STCW Section A-VI/1 & table A-VI/1-1). The purpose of this STCW sea survival techniques training is to provide the essential knowledge and experience of personal survival principles to maximise the chances of survival in the event of an emergency, including practical training in the use of life jackets and inflatable life rafts.  

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GMDSS GOC – GENERAL OPERATORS CERTIFICATE

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

The GMDSS GOC (General Operator’s Certificate) is the highest level of radio operator’s licence available to the professional mariner. It meets all STCW conditions and is a requirement for unlimited MCA Certificates of Competence. The GMDSS GOC permits the holder to operate the radio installation on board any vessel operating in any Sea Area, with additional responsibility for equipment testing and undertaking any emergency communications.

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ECDIS OPERATIONAL

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

The aim of the ECDIS Operational course is to train Bridge Watchkeeping Officers and other interested personnel in the use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems. The essential legal and theoretical background to the use and carriage of ECDIS is covered in sufficient detail to allow the student to use the systems correctly and safely. Regulation II/1, II/2 and II/3 of the STCW Convention, 1978, as amended, and Tables, A-II/1, A-II/2 and A-II/3 of the STCW Code. This training meets the learning outcomes of IMO Model Course 1.27, delivered over a period of at least 40 hours.  Successful completion of this course will result in the issue of STCW certification for generic ECDIS training (to IMO 1.27) and Transas Navi Sailor 4000 ECDIS Type Specific equipment training.

Book Now! £1,000.00 6 tickets left

BASIC HEALTH & SAFETY

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

The Seafish Basic Health and Safety course aims to provide new entrants to the commercial fishing industry the knowledge and skills required to work safely onboard a commercial fishing vessel. It is a mandatory requirement for everyone before working on a commercial fishing vessel. The course includes an understanding of the language used in the industry, individual roles and responsibilities, the dangers of the job and which skills are required to operate safely on board. 2 Years after completing the Basic Health and Safety course, all candidates must then attend the Seafish Safety Awareness and Risk Assessment course. Both of these courses are a legal requirement to work in the Commercial Fishing Industry.

Book Now! £130.00 16 tickets left

SEA SURVIVAL (PERSONAL SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES)

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

The STCW Sea Survival Personal Survival Techniques course forms part of the mandatory basic safety training for all seafarers. Also, Seafarers who hold an existing personal survival techniques (PST) certificate are required to complete this updating training course to maintain proficiency under the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments (STCW Section A-VI/1 & table A-VI/1-1). The purpose of this STCW sea survival techniques training is to provide the essential knowledge and experience of personal survival principles to maximise the chances of survival in the event of an emergency, including practical training in the use of life jackets and inflatable life rafts.  

Book Now! £160.00 16 tickets left

GMDSS GOC – GENERAL OPERATORS CERTIFICATE

Western Maritime Training Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Rd, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

The GMDSS GOC (General Operator’s Certificate) is the highest level of radio operator’s licence available to the professional mariner. It meets all STCW conditions and is a requirement for unlimited MCA Certificates of Competence. The GMDSS GOC permits the holder to operate the radio installation on board any vessel operating in any Sea Area, with additional responsibility for equipment testing and undertaking any emergency communications.

Book Now! £1,405.00 2 tickets left