Superyacht Training

Superyachting

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;Superyacht Basic Training

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;Chief Mate Yachts

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 

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;Master Yachts 500

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).Master Yachts 3000

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.

STCW'95 Training News

STCW'95 Training News (2)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 21:42

Sea survival pool drills

STCW 95 Sea Survival - Student make a Human Raft STCW 95 Personal Survival Techniques - Water Entry From A Height STCW 95 Sea Survival - A Student prepares a casualty for entering a liferaft
STCW 95 Sea Survival - A Student assists a casualty into a liferaft STCW 95 Sea Survival  - A Student brings a casualty on board a liferaft STCW 95 Sea Survival - A Student prepares to right an upturned liferaft
STCW95 Sea Survival  - A Student begins to right an upturned liferaft STCW95 Sea Survival - A Student righting the liferaft, mid-manoeuvre STCW95 Sea Survival - A Student turns the liferaft upright

We use the dive pool at the Plymouth Life Centre, as used for training by local olympic diver Tom Daley. During this session you will carry out a practical wet drill, including liferaft launching, boarding dry and wet, jumping from the poolside and diving board, methods to increase chances of survival once in the water, helping injured persons, raft capsize drill and final abandonment exercises.

Monday, 16 June 2014 21:41

STCW 2010 (Manila Amendments)

New updating training course requirements are being introduced for all STCW certificate holders to comply with STCW 2010 requirements. The following courses that WMT run are subject to updated training:

• Updated Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques

• Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

Under the new regulations, updated proficiency training for the above courses has to be undertaken every five years. Seafarers revalidating their UK Certification of Competency after 1 January 2017 will be required to submit documentary evidence of having completed MCA approved updated proficiency training with the last five years. Download the MCA’s MIN469 – Updated Training – http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/min469.pdf

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