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The Small Commercial Vessel Code (SCV) - mgn 280, for vessels up to 24m & carrying up to 12 passengers can be accessed on the MCA website - Required skippers' qualifications are as follows -






Yachtmaster Ocean


to 150m from safe haven

Yachtmaster Offshore


to 60m from safe haven

Yachtmaster Offshore


to 20m from safe haven

Yachtmaster Coastal or Advanced Powerboat with 2 years experience


as 3 in daylight & fair weather

Yachtmaster Coastal or Advanced Powerboat with 1 year experience


20m from nominated port in daylight & fair weather

Day Skipper practical & theory courses


3m from nominated port

Day Skipper practical course or Level 2

For Yachtmaster Offshore & Coastal & Adv Powerboat examination, a radio operators licence & an in date basic 1st Aid course cert are required.
The following qualifying experience in the last 10 years is also required –

Advanced Powerboat Certificate -  at  least  2  years relevant experience with  night   pilotage.   As a guide – 30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours
Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate -  at  least  30 days,  2  as skipper,  800 miles, 12 night  hours    - reducing If a  practical course has been completed

Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate -    50 days,     5 as skipper,     2500 miles,
5 passages over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper.

For a commercial endorsement, a Sea Survival, on-line PPR, and a ML5 or Eng1 medical certs are also required. The PPR can be provided by Coastwise.

The practical exam would expect to take aprox 6 or 7 hour per candidate. Time is given for vessel handling familiarization & on board equipment stowage.

There is no requirement for experienced candidates to attend a shorebased or practical course before attempting the exam, but may find they need some theory input to get them up to the required level.

Command passages, night hours & mile building for qualifying sea time can be provided. If Coastwise provides this as a flexible exam preparation course rather than just advice, then an independent RYA examiner will be brought in for the exam.

The exam syllabus & further information available from Coastwise.



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