You will all be aware that Covid 19 is a 1918 Spanish Flu like epidemic. It can be fatal to all age groups if caught. It is transmitted by coughing or sneezing and is particularly dangerous to those over 60 and those people with underlying health conditions.
We are constantly listening carefully to the latest Government advice regarding this viral outbreak. This states that it is particularly important, that anyone showing symptoms of fever or a constant dry cough, no matter how mild, should self-isolate (including family – if any) for 7 days and refrain from social or official contact. This includes not attending any courses booked with us or any other external activity involving proximity to other people. Additionally, and in any case, close social contact, which many of our course require, is advised against.
Our duty at Western Maritime Training Ltd is to ensure that you (or your employees) and our staff attend training events that are as safe as possible within the latest official guideline’s enforcements to date.
Accordingly, and in order that we all remain as safe as possible, we are mothballing our services until Government advice changes. Covid 19 is such a generic threat to the population that running face to face training is not an acceptable risk. Colleges and Universities are taking similar action.
With immediate effect our payment portals are now closed, and no further bookings will be taken. Customers already booked to courses will be offered alternative dates as soon as the situation becomes clearer. We will still be able to offer career and qualifications advice over the telephone. Please be aware that this may be limited access to this facility at times. You will be able to leave telephone messages if we are unable to talk to you immediately.
We regret having to take this action, we have operated under the same ownership and management for 24 years continuously, providing first class and value-for-money training and education. However, the safety of you and us and all our loved ones is paramount.
We look forward to being of service to you again soon.
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.
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;
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.
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.
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
- Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) (Can be taken from the age of 17 and must be held for 18 months before an OOW CoC can be issued, visit the EDH page for a full list of pre-course requirements)
- Navigation & Radar
- General Ship Knowledge (Syllabuses for Nav & Radar and GSK can be found here)
- HELM (O)
- GMDSS GOC (ROC may be sufficient depending on your areas of operation)
- STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats
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
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.
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;
- RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and shorebased course completion certificate OR IYT Master of Yachts Unlimited
- STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
- STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid
- STCW HELM (M)
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. We offer a Chief Mate (Yachts) 3000 oral prep course.
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;
- STCW Proficiency in Medical Care
- STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
- STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid
- STCW HELM (M)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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