Completed at home and in your own time, this course is for skippers and crew using RYA qualifications to work commercially. Written from the point of view of UK legislation and concentrates on your place in the international maritime environment as a UK certificate holder. However, it also explains the need to look beyond UK rules and regulations and take into consideration the requirements of the flag and port state.
Teaching scenarios throughout the course are based on a variety of boats, both sail and power. It may be that you have experience on none of the boats used, but that will not affect your ability to do the course as no specialist knowledge of any type of vessel is required – the same rules and regulations apply regardless of your type of boat or operation.
The time it takes to complete the course varies greatly, but the majority of students complete it in 10 hours or less. It's up to you how you break your study time down to suit you.
Course content: how you fit into the professional maritime world, importance of correct manning, keeping skills up to date, safe management of commercial vessels, the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment and how to create & implement risk control.
Ability after course: an understanding that you have a duty of care to crew, passengers, and other water users, and you will be held to account if things go wrong.