A worthwhile qualification on your way up the ladder
The Certificate of Competence at Yachtmaster Coastal level is an extremely worthy qualification that tends to be overlooked in the nautical industry.
Not everyone is ready for the Yachtmaster offshore straight away. This is a great way to understand the yachtmaster exam process and the standards to be attained.
The Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence is for mariners who have the knowledge and experience required to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but do not, as yet, have the experience for longer offshore passages.
The requirements for the coastal level of assessment are less than that of the Offshore candidates and can be more realistic for young deck crew working their way up in the industry. For the level of Coastal, the candidate should have around 30 days of experience at sea with two days acting as skipper, 800 sea miles logged and 12 night hours. These pre-exam experience requirements can be reduced to 20 days at sea, two days as skipper, 400 miles and 12 night hours if the candidate holds a Coastal Skipper course certificate. As with all Yachtmaster exam pre-requisites, half the qualifying sea time must have been in tidal waters.
We train Yachtmaster Coastal students alongside the Yachtmaster Offshore training course candidates and provides all the support necessary to help the candidates achieve their goal.
The exam will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS (collision regulations), meteorology and signals.
The examiner is flying in from outside the island, the exam candidates are to share the expenses between them. these will be detail the flights/travel expenses and advise din advance.
Each exam candidate contributes to the flight/travel expenses of the examiners.
Exam fees are to be paid directly to the RYA on your exam application form.
Full details of the exam syllabus and requirements are shown in the RYA Yachtmster Scheme and Logbook (G158).
Yachtmaster™ Coastal practical exams can be taken under sail or power and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly. The candidate or a training centre provides the boat and the RYA provides an examiner.
The exam will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS (collision regulations), meteorology and signals. Candidates will be set tasks to demonstrate their ability and may also be asked questions on any part of the syllabus for all practical and shorebased courses up to Yachtmaster™ Coastal level.
YACHTMASTER™ COASTAL EXAM PRE-REQUISITES
|Minimum seatime||30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours (if you hold the Coastal Skipper course certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours). Half the qualifying sea time must be conducted in tidal waters.|
|Form of exam||Practical|
|Certification required||A GMDSS Short Range Certificate (SRC) or higher grade of marine radio certificate. A valid first aid certificate – click here for a list of acceptable first aid certificates.|
|Minimum exam duration||6-10 hours for 1 candidate, 8-14 hours for 2 candidates|
|Exam||Between 7m LWL and 24m LOA
(less than 80gt)
|Over 24m LOA up to 500gt|
|RYA Yachtmaster Coastal||Yes||No|
|RYA Yachtmaster Offshore||Yes||No|
|RYA Yachtmaster Ocean||Yes||Yes|
|Exam||Between 7m LWL and 24m LOA
(less than 80gt)
|Over 24 metres and Less than 200 gross tons||200 to 500 gross tons|
|RYA Yachtmaster Coastal||Yes1||Yes (Up to 50 per cent of the qualifying mileage and days)||Yes (Up to 50 per cent of the qualifying mileage and days)|
|RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Conversion||Yes1||Yes (Up to 50 per cent of the qualifying mileage and days)||Yes (Up to 50 per cent of the qualifying mileage and days)|
|RYA Yachtmaster Offshore||Yes1||Yes (Up to 50 per cent of the qualifying mileage and days)||Yes (Up to 50 per cent of the qualifying mileage and days)|
|RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Conversion||Yes1||Yes (Up to 50 per cent of the qualifying mileage and days)||Yes (Up to 50 per cent of the qualifying mileage and days)|
1 At least 50 per cent of qualifying mileage must be completed on this size of vessel
2 With supporting testimonials or a Seaman’s Discharge book
The boat used must be between 7m (23ft) and 24m (78ft) LOA and be in sound, seaworthy condition, equipped to the standard set out in the RYA book Cruising Yacht Safety (code C8). The boat must be equipped with a full up to date set of charts and navigational publications and be efficiently crewed, as the examiner will not take part in the management of the boat during the exam.
Before you book your exam please check that you:
- can provide a boat
- have completed the required mileage and experience as skipper
- hold an SRC (Short Range Certificat) or higher level GMDSS radio operators qualification
- hold a valid first aid certificate click here for a list of acceptable first aid certificateshave read the syllabus in RYA publications; G15 (sail) or G18 (power)
- have read and comply with the pre-requisites above.
If you need a Yachtmaster™ Coastal Certificate of Competence in order to work on board a commercial craft subject the MCA’s codes of practice, you will need to get it commercially endorsed – see left. You can then work on commercial vessels up to 24m in length, operating in category 3, 4, 5 and 6 waters – that is up to 20 miles from a safe haven.