This course aims to transfer the required knowledge, competence and skills to the course participants’, as stated in the STCW Convention. On successful completion of the course & oral examination, candidates will be able to work as a Deck Officer on yachts <3000GT.


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a valid seafarers medical (IMO/ILO)
  • Hold a valid STCW Basic Safety Training Certificate
  • Hold a valid TM Master of Yachts 200GT Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Hold a GMDSS GOC

Seatime Required

Either 36 months seatime or 12 months seatime whilst holding a TM Training Record Book. (Dispensation available for candidates with an MCA Yacht Training Record Book) All seatime must be obtained on vessels of not less than 15 metres/ 80GT or more, whilst holding:

  • TM Master of Yachts 200GT
  • RYA Yachtmaster 200GT
  • IYT Master of Yachts 200GT
  • Italian Nautical Licence (class B)

Courses: STCW & Ancillary Modules

• Efficient Deckhand Certificate incl. Yacht Endorsement
• Advanced Fire Fighting Certificate (A-VI/3)
• ECDIS Type Generic Certificate (A-II/1 & A-II/2)
• RADAR ARPA Certificate at Operational Level (A-II/1 & B-I/12)
• Medical First Aid Certificate (A-V1/4-1)
• Medical Care Certificate (A-VI/4-2)
• Leadership and Teamwork Operational Level (HELM O) (A-II/1)
• Use of Leadership and Managerial Skills (HELM M) (A-II/2)
• Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (A-VI/6)
• Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (A-VI/2)

Academic Units

• SQA Stability (Yachts)
• SQA Passage Planning
• SQA Marine Meteorology
• SQA Bridge Watchkeeping
• Maritime Law
• Celestial Navigation
• Oral Exam Preparation