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Superyacht Deck Crew Course

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Superyacht Deck Crew Course

The MCA Recognised “IYT Superyacht Deck Crew Course”, according to the MCA, is treated as equivalent to the MCA’s “Yacht Rating Course”.

The five-day IYT Superyacht Crew course is an MCA recognised course and is highly recommended for entry-level students who wish to enter the superyacht industry. It comprises both theory and practical elements that give the student a comprehensive and all-round general knowledge of the requirements of the superyacht industry. 

In the introduction of MGN270 paragraph 1.1, the MCA state “All yacht ratings required by a Safe Manning Document, or where a Safe Manning Document is not required then those ratings necessary for the safe manning of a UK registered private or commercial yacht or sail training vessel of 200gt or over, must be qualified in accordance with the MCA ‘Code of Practice for the Safety of Large Commercial Sailing and Motor Vessels’ and this MGN.” (which is MGN270)

Holders of the IYT Superyacht Crew Certificate, which is recognised by the MCA, will not need to complete the Yacht Rating Training Record Book and the 6 months yacht service requirement may be reduced to 2 months sea service on vessels 15 metres and over in load line length. Holders will, however, need to meet the other requirements which are, be at least 16 years of age and hold all Basic STCW certificates. They can then apply to the MCA for an MCA Yacht Rating Certificate.  See this link to review MGN270 which outlines all necessary information. 

You can find the MCA’s Application for a Yacht Rating Certificate here.  On page 2 of the application you will see this note regarding seatime requirements  (see screenshot below).  Since the MCA have deemed the “IYT Superayacht Crew Certificate/Course” is equivalent to the “Yacht Rating Course”, you will provide your “IYT Superyacht Crew Certificate” and proof of 2 months actual sea service on vessels over 15m in load line length. 

The course incorporates three separate MCA recognised courses:

  • Superyacht Crew
  • VHF Radio Operators
  • Small Power Boat and RIB Master

Course Outline

  • Industry guidelines and regulations
  • Chain of command
  • Crew rank and positions
  • Preparing a CV / Resume
  • General rules responsibilities and etiquette
  • Safety and equipment
  • Nautical terminology and relative direction
  • Ropework
  • Nautical knowledge
  • Basic collision regulations
  • Planning the first passage
  • Introduction to weather
  • Sails
  • Boat handling under sail
  • Boat handling under power
  • Small powerboat man overboard drills
  • Engine checks and maintenance
  • Charts and the magnetic compass
  • Anchors and anchoring
  • Dingy theory and practical
  • Launching and recovering dingys
  • Introduction to VHF radio operation
  • Code of Safe Working Practices

Next Steps

As a professional in the yachting industry you are required to update and learn new skills on a regular basis. As you move up the chain of command or look for new opportunities your qualifications are essential. Please make sure they do not expire.

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