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Old 05 May 2017, 06:40   #11
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Plus we run our courses on this, so it's always a good time
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Old 05 May 2017, 14:41   #12
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Ive just done the advanced power boat qualification
hopefully to gain some work with it.
very intense course with lots to absorb, wish i had done the Yacht master shore based course before doing the Advanced course.
2 of us did the exam about 8hrs for us both to do it, i passed the other guy failed with his lack of Nav experience, especially at night.
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Old 06 May 2017, 01:26   #13
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Over 12 passengers you will need a boat master licence.

https://www.gov.uk/boatmasters-licen...need-a-licence
Under 12 passengers you can go with Mca master 200gt
Most commercial operators are asking for this now

Alternatively you can go rya route advanced powerboat or yacht master. Yachtmaster is a pre requisite for master 200gt
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I suspect the biggest challenge in getting your experience up to the standard for the exam will be the bouyage being back to front.
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"I suspect the biggest challenge in getting your experience up to the standard for the exam will be the bouyage being back to front."

...funny, but that actually did make a difference when I came over to do some day training with the RNLI. I had to concentrate very hard about every red/green I saw out there :-) It's like switching from driving left/right. You're OK when there's traffic to remind you...
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[QUOTE=hobbit555;746497]Over 12 passengers you will need a boat master licence.


...isn't that just for inland waters and estuaries, up to 5 miles offshore?
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I've been running RHIBS in Canada since 2002, and am thinking of looking for work as a skipper back in the UK. I've been doing SAR and wildlife tours over here, and I'm qualified by Transport Canada for boats under 5 tonnes with max 20 passengers up to 25 miles offshore. I'm unfamiliar with equivalencies in the UK though. I doubt there will be any automatic transfer of my Canadian quals (aside from the STCW stuff), so what courses/certs do I need to get to get similar work in the UK? And where do you get them?
You have your STCW, so I'm going to assume you also have an ENG1? Those take the place of the RYA First aid, sea survival and ML5 medical mentioned above.

As previously explained, your best bet in the UK would be to do an RYA Advanced powerboat exam. If you're already up to standard, you can simply do the exam (someone mentioned here 8 hours - I did it about 10 years ago and have forgotten but that sounds about right), if not, you'd probably want to do the Advanced course followed immediately by the exam to ensure a better chance of passing.

You would also need to be in possession of a VHF radio licence. The minimum qualification accepted by the RYA is the RYA Short Range Certificate (SRC) but there are others which are accepted, such as GMDSS etc - worth checking if what you've got might be sufficient.

Then its just a case of filling in the form and getting your certificate back from the RYA. That would allow you to drive a boat up to 24m LOA with up to 12 paying passengers up to 20 miles from a safe haven.

I don't know about Canada, but where I am currently based in Florida, there are quite a few RYA schools offering all of the above. You may therefore be able to get the ticket before you head across the Atlantic.
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You have your STCW, so I'm going to assume you also have an ENG1? Those take the place of the RYA First aid, sea survival and ML5 medical mentioned above.

As previously explained, your best bet in the UK would be to do an RYA Advanced powerboat exam. If you're already up to standard, you can simply do the exam (someone mentioned here 8 hours - I did it about 10 years ago and have forgotten but that sounds about right), if not, you'd probably want to do the Advanced course followed immediately by the exam to ensure a better chance of passing.

You would also need to be in possession of a VHF radio licence. The minimum qualification accepted by the RYA is the RYA Short Range Certificate (SRC) but there are others which are accepted, such as GMDSS etc - worth checking if what you've got might be sufficient.

Then its just a case of filling in the form and getting your certificate back from the RYA. That would allow you to drive a boat up to 24m LOA with up to 12 paying passengers up to 20 miles from a safe haven.

I don't know about Canada, but where I am currently based in Florida, there are quite a few RYA schools offering all of the above. You may therefore be able to get the ticket before you head across the Atlantic.
Thanks. I have a marine VHF qual and I have a Canadian Seafarer's Medical cert which I'm told is accepted in lieu of ENG1. I'll check out the RYA stuff.
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