General Ship Knowledge (GSK) is a 5-day MCA approved course that forms part of the OOW Certificate of Competency. It is a theory-based module that provides an introduction to ship construction, stability, meteorology & seamanship, stresses & corrosion, watch-keeping and preparation for sea and maintenance. There will be a two-and-a-half-hour written exam at the end, students will need more than 60% to pass this module.

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Who is it for?

This course is a prerequisite for the OOW Certificate of Competency, it should, therefore, be completed by any crew member working towards this ticket. In order to attend this course candidates must hold:

  • STCW Basic Training,
  • RYA/IYT Yachtmaster offshore,
  • Efficient Deckhand (EDH).

How much does it cost & Who offers this course?

At the time of writing the GSK course costs +/- 1600 Euros and a list of accredited training schools offering this course can be found on our website.

Course Material

The GSK course includes a large amount of theoretical information and pre-course reading is definitely recommended. The ‘Reeds Superyacht Manual’ (which can be purchased online) is a great place to start, pre-course reading will allow you a basic understanding and give you the fundamentals enabling you to focus and fine-tune your knowledge during the course and essentially succeed. Those who do not engage in pre-reading will most likely be left behind in the course and will not be able to follow the syllabus correctly. You can find the exam syllabus HERE. The majority of the training schools will send you study material once you have booked and paid for the course.

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