If you already hold either the Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence or Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence for sail then you can convert to motor. The good news is that you have already done the hard work by completing the sailing exam and the practical conversion exam is usually around three hours per person concentrating on the practical aspects of boating that are different when one motors, so berthing, radar, MOB etc.
How does it work?
Simple really: We aim to work with you to ensure you pass your exam. The preparation time not only gets you familiar with the boat, the Solent and the crew, but it also looks at exam techniques and polishes any rusty skills.
What’s not included:
Four days plus the exam (depending on the number of candidates, the exam may take place on the 4th evening or the 5th day). Although the preparation week and exam includes some night work.
Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence Exam Pre Requisites
* For holders of the RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate Sea Time is reduced to 15 days and 400 miles.
Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence Conversion Exam Pre Requisites
Half of the above requirements can come from your sailing log, so only half needs to be logged on a motor cruiser.
During your conversion training we will concentrate principally on 5 areas:
If these subjects sound daunting then you should consider the one day RYA Radar and RYA Diesel courses. As with all exam preparations, this is not the time to learn techniques from scratch but to revise existing skills.
Full details of the exam syllabus and requirements are shown in the RYA’s Motor Cruising Logbook (code G158). The prep and exam is done over 5 days with the exam on the last day, the exam can last onto a sixth day if there are sufficient candidates.
There is no formal training yachtmaster course leading up to the exam, but those who have not previously taken RYA courses often find it useful to book themselves in for some informal yachtmaster training at an RYA centre prior to their exam. This RYA Yachtmaster Motor – Exam Prep Course can be tailor-made to your specific needs and helps to fill any gaps in your knowledge that may become apparent.
The Yachtmaster® “Prep” Course is designed to find out the weak points and work them up to exam standard. These “Prep” courses are run on demand and will include time for the exam. The length of the exam will depend on the number of students:on average 8-12 hours for one candidate and 10-18 hours for two.
How can I take this course?
|Minimum seatime||50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. At least half this mileage and passages must be in tidal waters. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.|
|Form of exam||Practical|
|Minimum duration||8-12 hours for 1 candidate, 10-18 hours for 2 candidates.|
|Minimum age||18 years|
|Certification required||A restricted (VHF only) Radio Operators Certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certificate or higher grade of marine radio certificate. A valid first aid certificate (first aid qualifications held by Police, Fire and Armed Services are acceptable).|
The exam will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS, meteorology and signals. The exam fee is additional and is currently £210.00. Conversion £113.00
The boat used must be between 7m (23ft) and 24m (78ft) and be in sound, seaworthy condition, equipped to the standard set out in the RYA book Cruising Yacht Safety (code C8). The boat must be equipped with a full up to date set of charts and navigational publications and be efficiently crewed, as the examiner will not take part in the management of the boat during the exam.
Before you book your exam please check that you:
If you need a Yachtmaster® Offshore Certificate of Competence in order to work on board a commercial craft subject to the MCA’s codes of practice, you will need to get it commercially endorsed. You can then work as a Master of commercial vessels of up to 200gt in category 1 to 6 waters – that is up to 150 miles from a safe haven.
The RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore Certificate of Competence can be used commercially in its own right. It is also a pre-requisite for the MCA’s Officer of the Watch qualification, which enables you to work worldwide on vessels of up to 3000gt.View all upcoming dates