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Pre Qualifying Criteria:
These criteria vary according to the grade of RYA/MCA Yachtmaster required. However, in all cases the independent examiner will usually want to see evidence – normally in the form of a personal log – that these have been met, and the supporting qualifications are in place.
The Examination Application Form ensures this is the case.
If there is any doubt regarding the acceptable level of qualifying experience, the examiner will point this out and give the candidate the opportunity to withdraw the application.
Criteria and supporting Qualifications:
- 50 days sea time.
- 5 days as skipper.
- 2,500 miles logged of which 1,250 must have been in tidal waters.
- 5 passages over 60 miles, including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper.
- Restricted (VHF only) Radio Operator’s certificate.
- First Aid Certificate – See herefor a list of unacceptable certificatesUnacceptable certificates
- Basic First Aid Course -1st aid +
- Basic Life Support and Defibrilator - Italian Resuscitation Council
- Beach Lifeguard Safety Training Award
- Emergency Care Personnel Basic Ambulance Assistant – HPCSA
- EMERGENCY FIRST AID AND CPR/AED-C/HCP (8 Hours)
- Emergency First Response – EFR Primary care (CPR) & Sec Care (1st) w/ AED
- First Aid in the workplace certificate Hampshire Constabulary
- Further Offshore Emergency Training (Including EBS and First Aid) OPITO Approved
- Global Supply Systems Aircrew First Aid
- Heart Saver First Aid – American Heart Association
- International Yacht Training First Aid (other than STCW approved)
- National Pool Life guard qualification
- National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
- National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers & Coaches
- PADI First Aid
- PADI Rescue Diver
- Practical Diving First Aid
- Russian Federation
- St John Ambulance Sports First Aid
- Training First Aid Worker
1. All experience must have been gained within 10 years of examination.
2. Qualifying Passages – must have been on vessels between 7m and 24m length LOA (less than 80gt).
3. Qualifying Seatime
- at least 50% of qualifying mileage must be completed on vessels of between 7m and 24m length LOA (less than 80gt).
- up to 50% may be completed on vessels over 24m and less than 200gt. Requires supporting testimonials or a Seaman’s Discharge book.
- up to 50% may be completed on vessels between 200gt and 500gt. Requires supporting testimonials or a Seaman’s Discharge book.
Form of Examination
- One examinee – 8 – 12 hours.
- Two examinees – 10 – 18 hours.
- It is the examiner’s task to give the candidate the opportunity to show that he/she is a competent skipper.
- At the end of the exam the candidate should feel, whatever the outcome, that he/she has had a full, fair, and searching test.
- GB£210 in 2017 (approximately US$330) paid to the RYA when the examination application is submitted to the examiner. If a Preparation Week is taken prior to examination, examination fee is included in the course fee
- Yacht charter costs are US$150 / day / student. If a Preparation Week is taken prior to examination, yacht charter costs are included in the course fee.
- We try to schedule examinations during the Antigua sailing season when we should have an examiner on island in order to minimise examiner travel costs. However, we may have to bring in an examiner from overseas. In either case travel costs shared equally between the candidate(s).
- We feed and board the examiner so there are no subsistence costs.