Skipper and Crew Licences

/Skipper and Crew Licences
Skipper and Crew Licences 2017-10-10T10:51:11+01:00

To work on Small Commercial Vessels which are under 24m and carrying less than 12 passengers, the type of qualification you need will depend on the area you are operating in. The main qualification is an RYA Practical Certificate which then needs to be Commercially Endorsed.

Category 6
To sea, within 3 miles nominated departure point in favourable weather and daylight.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 (12 months experience required)

Pre-requisites: None, RYA Essential Navigation may be useful
Cost: £300 or £400 including Essential Navigation
Duration: 2 days

Category 5
To sea, within 20 miles nominated departure point in favourable weather and daylight.

RYA Day Skipper practical course
RYA Day Skipper theory course (online)

Pre-requisites: 2 days seatime
Cost: £1020
Duration: 4 days plus online learning

Category 3 & 4
20 miles from a safe haven

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal prep course (can also be used as Mate qualification for Category 1, 150 miles).
Pre-requisites: Theory to Yachtmaster level, First Aid and VHF/SRC licence.
30 days seatime, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours. Reduced to 20 days, 2 as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours if you have the Coastal Skipper course completion certificate.
Cost: £800 (excluding exam fee)
Duration: 5 days

Category 3 & 4
20 miles from a safe haven

RYA Advanced Powerboat course
Pre-requisites: Theory to Yachtmaster level, First Aid and VHF/SRC licence.
2 years relevant experience including night pilotage, as a guide 30 days seatime, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours. Reduced to 20 days, 2 as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours if you have theAdvanced Powerboat course completion certificate.
Cost: £350 (excluding exam fee)
Duration: 2 days

Category 1 & 2
150 or 60 miles respectively

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore prep course
Pre-requisites: Theory to Yachtmaster level, First Aid and VHF/SRC licence.
50 days seatime, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles, 5 passages over 60M including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper.
Cost: £800 (excluding exam fee)
Duration: 5 days

To Commercially Endorse any of the Skipper certificates you will require these additional qualifications:

MCA STCW Personal Survival Techniques 1 day, £120
MCA Elementary First Aid 1 day, £120
RYA VHF/SRC Radio Operator  online or 1 day, £80 – £110 (additional £60 exam fee)
RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities online, £39
ENG 1 or ML5 Medical typically £80