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Old 02 October 2009, 16:31   #11
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..What age do you have to be to do your MCA courses is it 16 and over or 18 and over??? Anybody knw....I think its 18+

What courses should you do if you want to be able to drive and commercial vessel on your own as master???
Minimum age 18 for any meaningful skippers/masters ticket.

There is no reason why you cant start working towards them when under 18 although you would not be able to take the exam until 18.
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What courses should you do if you want to be able to drive and commercial vessel on your own as master??? [/QUOTE]

well depends on the vessel, coded vessels ie under 24mtr 200gt use the RYA certification routes and there is an optional MCA oral for Master 200gt STCW95
You will need a VHF SRC, First aid and a medical (ML5 aor ENG1)
then depends on the type of boat;
RIBs - powerboat 2 , Advanced powerboat
Motor boats - coastal skipper, yachtmaster

there are plenty of posts on here with the requirments for each certificate and once you have them you send them off to the RYA with 20 and your other tickets

for the MCA ticket you need STCW95 basic training certificates

plenty info on the RYA website

if you want to work on larger ships get a cadetship in the merchant navy - http://www.careersatsea.org/

I would recomend going the MN way as then you can work on any ship you want
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There is no reason why you cant start working towards them when under 18
What do you mean by that? Advice would be appreciated?
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What do you mean by that? Advice would be appreciated?
Gain the knowledge and seatime needed before your 18 and then once your 18 sit the exam.
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Hi I just had my oral for MCA Master Code Vessel >200gt Unlimited Area STCW95 today and passed so for any of you wishing to do it here are the questions I was asked,

Aberdeen MCA office
Capt. W Bennett (from Belfast)
0900-1000 18/09/09

Started with small take about type of vessels etc etc and then straight into it;
Passage planning, gave me a coastal passage from Aberdeen to Great Yarmouth, APEM etc publications blah blah
Tides, how you know if enough water at destination, neaps and springs, tidal diamonds
Fixing vessel position, GPS and asked to take bearing using Az ring on a compass in the room, (arrow down!!!!)
Convert compass to true, asked me to write down
Correcting charts
A lot of Meteorogy stuff, sources of WX data how would the forecast effect my passage plan
Masters standing orders, forming bridge watch keeping team and night orders
Navtex
Calling the master- fire in engine room my actions as master
Radar potting, and rule 19!!
Crossing, head on and overtaking all PDV
Smartie board , everything!! Day signal and fog signal
Buoys IALA B preferred channel markers, cardinal and isolated danger, top marks and lights
Distress signals
MoB, my actions as Master
Working the vessel, safety ie ISM risk assessments
Crane and LOLER regs, safe lifts and inclining the vessel, why can be dangerous
Stability, ballasting bilges and FSE
Code vessel surveys, who does and what looking for
Ships paperwork
Opening a crew agreement
Drills
Salvage requirements, i.e. vessel must be in distress, an imminent peril to ship life and environment must exist, master can negotiate with lloyds open form, only get paid is vessel delivered into safety

The end, a further bit of chat then told I had passed
Did you need to know your coll regs 'verbatum'?
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What do you mean by that? Advice would be appreciated?
You can work towards the tickets while under 18, depending upnon what you end goal is would determine which ticket you aim for.

I would have thought that a good starting point would be working
  • through Dayskipper and onto Yachtmaster Shorebased
  • VHF (DRC)
  • Powerboat L2 and onwards
  • Sea Survival
  • First Aid

What you want to end up doing will determine which ticket you are going for. The Master 200 mentioned that started this thread is a much higher ticket than many of the commercail drivers on this forum need or use. Are you looking to drive RIBs, larger craft, sailing yacht etc?
Are you looking to run day charters or spend longer periods of time offshore?
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Did you need to know your coll regs 'verbatum'?
Hi

you need to know the rules inside out so yes you do and its worth remembering,
this is at a far higher level than what the RYA would expect and the RoR stuff is done with models and smartie boards also the examiner wants to know day/fog and night signal and and need to know 19 really well. do plenty of radar plotting as well

I have some very good oral prep notes if anyone wants a copy pm me with your email address and I will send you a copy!
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Are you looking to drive RIBs, larger craft, sailing yacht etc? Are you looking to run day charters or spend longer periods of time offshore?
Am looking at driving ribs, but also driving larger vessels e.g. things like the vessels below and more, varying to be honest...maybe even super yachts...though thats just a dream
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Am looking at driving ribs, but also driving larger vessels e.g. things like the vessels below and more, varying to be honest...maybe even super yachts...though thats just a dream
Doesnt have to be a dream, there are a few routes you can go the rya way and just pay for courses as you go and hope to get work or you can join the merchant navy as a trainee officer, where you will get paid http://www.careersatsea.org/, follow a 3 year course which is a mix of seatime and college time and come out an Officer of the watch which you can use anywhere or you can go the mega yacht route via Leisure Industry Nautical Cadet Scheme at UKSA http://www.uk-sail.org.uk/career/y_cadet.asp.

as someone who has been in the merchant navy for 12 years as a AB deck rating and is now working towards becoming an offcer I would say start as a cadet!!!
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