About The Course
This certificate allows you to work as:
- Master of 200 ton vessel up to 150 nautical miles offshore
- Chief Mate of 500 ton vessel up to 150 nautical miles offshore
- Chief Mate of 200 ton vessel all oceans
- OOW (Officer of the Watch) of a 500 ton vessel all oceans.
One must hold or obtain a Marine Communications VHF-SRC Radio Operators certificate.
One must hold or obtain all STCW’10 certificates. STCW certificates must be valid (not expired).
Candidates must provide documented evidence of boating experience as stated below:
- Logged 50 days on board a yacht at sea as an active crew member on watch. For the purpose of this requirement, a day is defined as a period of 24 consecutive hours. The term “at sea” is defined as being on a vessel outside of any harbor – natural or artificial – in which a cruising yacht could secure or anchor for a prolonged period of time.
- Logged 3,000 miles in a yacht while cruising at sea (power or sail). This must be on genuine cruises or passages, not short day trips. The candidate must have considerable time of actual vessel handling.
Thirty hours on watch at night underway as an active member of a yacht’s crew.
- A current medical fitness examination and a color blindness eyesight examination, which allows the participant to safely perform the relevant duties on a yacht. Medical/eyesight examinations are valid for a period of two years.
- IYT will also accept military letters stating service days for sea time, however, each will be reviewed to ensure they have sufficient experience for the level of certificate they are requesting.
Please Note: A candidate may take both endorsements, however, it is highly recommended that he or she have some hands-on practical experience and sea time on both power and sailing vessels before attempting the exam. The practical exam is not the forum for learning basic skills. Candidates may sit the shore-based course prior to having all the above requirements. Verification of the above yachting experience must be original and signed by the skipper of the yacht in which the candidate was sailing. Candidates claiming sea time during times when they were acting as skipper may sign their own entries but independent verification may be required.
The program consists of a theory course and a liveaboard practical course. Each course stands alone and can be taken individually, however, the theory course must be successfully completed prior to taking the practical liveaboard course. They do not necessarily have to be completed in immediate succession, however, it is recommended in order to retain as much information before the final on-board examination.
The theory course is a six-day comprehensive high-level shore based course with assessment papers and written examinations. Candidates are advised that a considerable amount of private study and varied cruising experience is required in addition to the formal instruction provided.
The liveaboard (power or sail) practical course is a five-day course covering seamanship skills including ability to command and situational awareness. As fatigue can adversely affect one’s ability to perform/command, the liveaboard aspect of the course is critical to ensuring candidates are indeed prepared to command. This will be a preparation course for your final IYT Master of Yachts Limited Examination.
- Chartwork instruments
- Charts, latitude and longitude
- Distance, speed, time & direction
- The magnetic compass, variation& deviation
- Position lines and position fixes
- Dead reckoning and estimated positions
- Course to steer to counteract a current
- Passage planning
- Electronic navigation aids
- International regulations for preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS)
- Ships construction
- Ship stability & drydocking
- Emergency procedures
- Ships power plant
- General maritime law