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IRISH SAILING ASSOCIATION

YACHTMASTER EXAMS

ISA YACHTMASTER COASTAL


Minimum seatime:

25 days at sea, 3 days as skipper, 800 miles in tidal waters, 12 night hours.

If you hold an ISA shorebased Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Coastal course completion certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 3 days as skipper, 600 miles, 12 night hours.

Mileage on an ISA  Coatal Skipper/Yachtmaster Coastal sea based course may be included as part of the mileage requirements.


Certification required

Restricted VHF or SRC or higher qualification.





Minimum exam duration

6-10 hours for 1 candidate, 4-8 hours per candidate


Minimum age 16 years


Exam contents

Assessment of skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRCPS and meteorology.


Note that a course completion certificate is not a pre-requisite but the candidate must expect to be asked questions and given tasks based on the shorebased and practical course syllabi up to ISA Yachtmaster Coastal level .

Exam fee   ISA member €235 for 1, €155 each for 2+

           non ISA member €280 for 1, €200 each for 2+


ISA OFFSHORE

Minimum Seatime

3,000 miles in tidal waters, 50 days at sea, 6 days as skipper, 30 night hours on watch

6 varied passages greater than 60 miles in length, on 2 of which you were skipper,

Mileage requirement is reduced to 2,500 for holders of an ISA Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased certificate.

All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to exam.

Mileage completed during an ISA certified sea based course may be included in the mileage requirements.


Certification required

Restricted VHF, SRC or higher.

Approved Sea Survival course completion certificate

Approved current First Aid or Emergency Care course completion certificate


Minimum exam duration

8-12 hours for 1 candidate, 5-9 hours per candidate.

more than 3 candidates in 24 hours


Minimum age 18 years


Exam contents

Assessment of  skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRCPS, meteorology and signals.


Boat must be between 7m and 24m LOA.



Exam fee   ISA member €310 for 1, €215 each for 2+

           non ISA member €355 for 1, €260 each for 2+



ISA OCEAN

Minimum seatime

An Ocean passage as skipper or mate. The Candidate must have been fully involved in planning the passage, route, navigational plan, condition of yacht and equipment, storing spare gear, water and victuals, organisation of watch keeping routine.

Passage: minimum non-stop distance of 600 miles by the most direct route, at sea continuously for at least 96 hours and have been more than 75 miles offshore for a distance of at least 200 miles. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to exam.


Certification required:

Applicants must hold a valid ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence. Note that only an ISA Ocean shorebased course completion certificate will be accepted.



Form of exam:

Candidate must submit:

1. The yacht's log or copy of the log for the passage


2. A track chart for the passage showing an observed position derived from:  

  a)  four simultaneous position lines obtained from sights

       of stars, planets or the moon, and

  b)  an observed position derived from a sun-run-meridian

       altitude.


3.  A compass check for deviation when out of sight of land.


4.  All workings associated with the planning, sight reduction and plotting of the above sights and compass error check.


5. A brief narrative account outlining the preparation of the yacht, passage planning, weather forecasting, provisioning and the actual passage. and execution of the qualifying passage.


6. ISA Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased course completion certificate.


Where a candidate does not hold an ISA Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased certificate they will be required to sit and invigilated shorebased Yachtmaster Ocean exam similar to the shorebased course exam.


Oral test:

the ISA examiner may, at his discretion, require the candidate to be available for an oral test.


Exam fee €210

RYA YACHTMASTER COASTAL


Minimum seatime

30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles 12 night hours.

If you hold a Coastal Skipper course certificate this is reduced to 20 days,  2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours. At least half the qualifying seatime must be conducted in tidal waters.




Certification required

VHF or SRC or higher. Valid first aid certificate (RYA First Aid, First Aid at Work, first Aid at Sea or any certificate where the course was a minimum of 1 day and includes treatment of hypothermia, cold shock and drowning.


Minimum exam duration

6-10 hours for 1 candidate, 8-14 hours for 2 candidates


Minimum age 17 years.


Exam contents

Assessment of skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRCPS and meteorology.


Note that a course completion certificate is not a pre-requisite but the candidate must expect to be asked questions and given tasks based on the shorebased and practical course syllabi up to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal level


Exam fee £177



RYA OFFSHORE

Minimum Seatime

50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles rhumb line from port of departure to destination + acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. At least half the mileage and passages must be in tidal waters. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to exam.





Certification required

VHF or SRC or higher. Valid first aid certificate (RYA First Aid, First Aid at Work, first Aid at Sea or any certificate where the course was a minimum of 1 day and includes treatment of hypothermia, cold shock and drowning.


Minimum exam duration

8-12 hours for 1 candidate, 10-12 hours for 2 candidates. No more than 2 candidates in 24 hours


Minimum age 18 years.


Exam contents

Assessment of  skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRCPS, meteorology and signals.


Boat must be between 7m and 24m LOA.


Full details from RYA


Exam fee £198



RYA OCEAN

Minimum seatime

Ocean passage as skipper or mate of watch. The candidate was fully involved in the planning of the passage, including selection of the route, the navigational plan, checking the material condition of the yacht and her equipment, storing spare gear, water and victuals and organising the watch-keeping routine; During the passage a minimum non-stop distance of 600 miles must have been run by the log, the yacht must have been at sea continuously for at least 96 hours and the yacht must have been more than 50 miles from land while sailing a distance of at least 200 miles. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.


Form of exam

Oral and written assessment of sights take at sea. If you hold the Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased certificate you are exempt from the written assessment.

Oral

The candidate must provide the examiner with:

1. A narrative account of the planning and execution of the qualifying passage


2. Navigational records, completed on board a yacht on passages, out of sight of land showing that the candidate has navigated the yacht without the use of electronic navigational aids.

The submission must include as a minimum: details of a position derived from the planning, reduction and plotting of  sun-run-meridian altitude sights and a compass check carried out using the bearing of the sun, moon, a star or planet when out of sight of land but not necessarily completed during the qualifying passage.

During the oral test the candidate may be required to answer questions on all aspects of ocean passage making in a yacht, including passage planning, astro navigation, worldwide meteorology, crew management and yacht preparation, maintenance and repairs.

Written

The written exam will include questions on sun sights and reduction and worldwide meteorology. Candidates who hold the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased certificate, Royal Navy Ocean Navigation Certificate or a DoT Certificate of Competence as a Deck Officer will be exempt from the written examination.

The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence is a pre-requisite for the MCA Chief Mate, Master 500 and Master 3000 unrestricted qualifications.


Exam fee £150



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