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Practical and seamanship courses guide

Course    Start
Yachting   
Competent
Crew 
 Day Skipper     Coastal Skipper    
 
Suggested
minimum
experience
None None 5 days sea time
100 miles
4 night hours
15 days sea time
(2 days as Skipper)
300 miles
8 night hours
Assumed Knowledge None None Navigation to Day Skipper shorebased and basic sailing Navigation to Coastal Skipper 
theory standard, sailing to Day Skipper practical standard or above
Course
Content
Introduction to sailing and seamanship Basic seamanship, Helmsmanship, navigation and meteorology Basic pilotage, boat handling and watch organisation Skipper techniques and
passage planning
Ability after 
course
Basic sailing experience Useful crew member Skipper small yacht in familiar water by day Skipper a yacht on Coastal
passages by day and night
Minimum duration 2 days 5 days 5 days 5 days

Certificates of Competence courses guide

Course Yachtmaster
Coastal
Yachtmaster Offshore practical Yachtmaster Ocean practical
Previous experience & 
minimum sea time
30 days at sea
(2 days as Skipper) 
800 miles 
12 night hours   
50 days at sea
(5 days as Skipper)
2500 miles
5 passages > 60 miles
2 overnight & 2 as Skipper
Ocean passage as Skipper or mate of the watch
Form of examination Practical exam Practical exam Oral assessment of sights taken at sea & passage overview
Certification required before 
examination
VHF SRC licence
First Aid certificate
VHF SRC licence
First Aid certificate
RYA/MCA certificates
Yachtmaster Offshore
Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased courses 
Minimum duration 8/10 hours for 1 candidate 
8/14 hours for 2 candidates 
8/10 hours for 1 candidate 
 8/14 hours for 2 candidates 
Normally around 1½ hours
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