Originally Posted by Doug Stormforce
I don't agree, in the case of the yachtmaster offshore it proves
- 2500 miles logged minimum
- 5 passage of 60NM or more
- 2 of those as skipper
- passed a rigourous exam
- has been trained in First Aid and vhf use
- has been trained in survival techniques
- is medically fit to go to sea
I would suggest this indicates a very particular level of experience and capability
And the commercial endorsement is not rubber stamping?
"indicates a very particular level of experience and capability"
Or can be seen as -
[*]2500 miles logged minimum[*]5 passage of 60NM or more[*]2 of those as skipper
The above, can all be self-certified
[*]is medically fit to go to sea
basic ML5 done by own GP
[*]has been trained in First Aid and vhf use[*]has been trained in survival techniques
Has been on these courses & got a completion certificate.
Maybe not, I suspect, those coming through your training establishment, but many are not quite as strict.
The MCA, perhaps for reasons above, are scathing about RYA qualifications & trying to push the 'commercial skipper' toward the Certificate of Competancy (STCW95) - MSF 4343/REV 0607.
The MCA seem not to accept that the RYA endorsement "Master of Yachts of up to 200 gt.------Valid for commercial use on vessels subject to the codes of practice issued by the MCA", even when endorsed "The certificate holder complies with STCW 95 regulations, is at the standard of their "Certificate of Competancy (STCW95) - Masters, Chief Mates and Deck officers on Commercially and Privately Operated yachts and Sail Training Vessels - Master (less than 200gt)".
Foreign authorities, are even more puzzled by them.