IYT/MCA Small Powerboat & RIB Master


Covers vessels up to 15m
Operation in coastal regions – in sight of land
Driven by outboard or inboard motors
In fair weather
No horsepower limitations
Course Outline

This three day course covers one day of theory and two days of practical boat handling including:

Safety at sea
VHF Radio operations
Small powerboats and rigid inflatable boats
Launching and recovery
Anchors and anchoring
Nautical terminology
Boat handling under power
Man overboard procedures
Ropes and rope-work
Basic rules of the road (collision regulations)
Glossary of terms

IYT Personal Watercraft Operations

This is a one-day theory and practical course designed to cover the requirements for the safe operation and maintenance of a personal watercraft. As well as the theory component, the instruction will emphasise the practical applications of handling a PWC on the water. Candidates should be 16 years of age or over. Please note however, if there are local laws in place in specific area of operation of a PWC, those laws will of course supersede IYT’s minimum age requirement.

Superyacht Deck Crew & SPBRIB

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.

Professional Superyacht Hospitality (Stew/Stewardess Training – Interior Crew)

The following notes will give interior staff of a superyacht the basic knowledge required to enter the industry. The syllabus will cover many aspects of the service industry and is an excellent future reference book.

In addition to this course, interior staff must also hold STCW certification. You should also consider doing the IYT “Small Powerboat and RIB” course which allows operation of small powerboats and rigid inflatable boats which is required by law in the Mediterranean. It is a certificate and skill that will make you much more marketable.

Day 1 The Superyacht Industry

· Number & types of yachts

· Flag State Registrations

· Private and Commercial Yachts

· STCW & Nautical Qualification

· MCA (British Coastguard)

· Chain of Command

· Rank & Position

· Resumes / Interviewing

· Crew Agreements

· Personal Appearance & Hygiene

· Rules Onboard

· Nautical / Military Time

· Vendor Contracts

· Guest Arrival

· Preference Forms

· Seamanship

· Basic Safety

· VHF Radio

· Phonetic Alphabet

· Nautical Terminology & Vessel Familiarisation

Day 2 Bar/Wine & Food Service Theory

· Bartending Terminology

· Cocktail Garnishes

· Bar Equipment

· Bar Inventory

· Liquors

· Brandy

· Liqueurs

· Fortified & Aromatized Wines

· Beverage Provisioning

· Serving Wine

· Wine Bottle Shapes

· Decanting Wine

· Wine Temperatures

· Pouring Wine

· Wine with Food

· Matching Wine & Food

· Wine Labels

· Champagne Service

· Pre-dinner checklist

· Styles of Service

· Serving Tips

· Serving Order

· Formal Meal Sequence

· Proper Clearing Order

· Proper Use of Utensils

· Placement of Used Flatware

· Place Settings

· Various Utensils

· Napkin Folding – practical

· Food Safety & Hygiene

· Various Diets (veg, kosher,etc.)

· Afternoon Tea

· Cheese Service

· Caviar Service

· Cigar Service

· In-Cabin Service

· Turn Down Service

Day 3 Bar/Wine & Food Service Practical

· Bartending

· Bar Equipment

· Liquors

· Brandy

· Liqueurs

· Fortified & Aromatized Wines

· Serving Wine

· Wine Bottle Shapes

· Decanting Wine

· Pouring Wine

· Champagne Service

· Table Place Settings

· Various Utensils

· Coordinate with local restaurant and spirits supplier/distributor to aid with instruction & practical application

Day 4 Interior Detailing/Laundry

· Cleaning without Guests Onboard

· Cleaning with Guests Onboard

· Cleaning Supplies

· Caring for Stemware

· Caring for China

· Polishing Silver

· Bed Making – practical

· Laundry & Stain Removal

· Perhaps coordinate with local hotel to aid with instruction on cleaning & practical application of bedmaking

Day 5 Special Skills

Flower Arranging – practical
Fruit Baskets
Daily Duties
Review Culinary Terms
Review How to Clean Things A to Z
Final Written Exam

VHF Marine Communication Master SRC

The Marine Communications course (Very High Frequency – Short Range Certificate) is recognised by the Republic of the Marshall Islands. It is designed to ensure a thorough understanding of maritime radio communication at sea. It is intended for all marine environments and follows International standards.

The course provides VHF Radio and SRC training for the entire spectrum of VHF radio communications for recreational and professional boating. Students will learn how on board radios and handheld radios, EPIRBs, SARTs, AIS and DSC-enabled radios, are used effectively in marine communications.

IMO Train the Trainer

This course provides participants with the knowledge, skills and understanding to design, organise and deliver maritime training programmes whether conducted aboard or ashore. It is intended as a useful introduction for maritime professionals who have never conducted training in the past or who have only limited experience as instructors. It emphasizes the application of up-to-date teaching aids and methods in a variety of contexts. The STCW Convention requires that any person conducting training of seafarers which will lead to a certificate being issued is appropriately qualified. This course is designed to support the implementation of regulation I/ 6 of the STCW Convention concerning the qualifications of instructors.
The course incorporates important elements of the IMO Model Course 6.09 (Training Course for Instructors).

MCA H.E.L.M. (human elements, leadership & Management) Operational

This 3 day course is designed to meet the mandatory requirements for training in the human element, leadership and management at the operational level as set out in Regulations II and III of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). It provides students with awareness and understanding of the key human factors influencing effective resource management.

Students will acquire and develop tools and practical skills to enhance their maritime resource management capability. This training is a prerequisite for a first Certificate of Competency (CoC) issued by the MCA meeting the requirements of Regulation II/1, III/1 and III/6.

MCA Master 200 GT oral prep + exam

The MCA Master 200 / OOW 500 is very similar to the IYT MoY Limited/Unlimited qualification but is being asked for more frequently when working overseas when the port officials are used to recognizing MCA qualifications. This qualification can allow skippers to take charge of a vessel up to 200gt and act as Officer of the Watch on vessels up to 500gt.

The Syllabus is vast and it is not possible to cover everything in 7 days so pre-study before and after the course is recommended. The course is run in conjunction with the syllabus in Annex 10 of Msn 1853 which includes Radar, IRPCS, Stability, Marpol, Bridge Procedures, COSWP, Legal, Salvage, Watch Handovers, Safe manning, hours of work, crew agreements, and Masters responsibilities.

Pre-Requisites for Master 200gt Limited:

· Minimum of 18 years old

· Hold a valid ENG1 Medical or equivalent

· IYT Master of Yacht Limited or RYA YM Offshore Certificate of Competence (Commercial Endorsed)

· 4 x STCW Basic Safety Training Modules (Fire Fighting, PSSR, Elementary First Aid, Personal Survival Techniques)

· A GMDSS Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC or GOC)

· HELM Operational Certificate (Human Element Leadership & Management)

Additional requirements for Master 200gt Unlimited:

· IYT Master of Yacht Unlimited or RYA YM Ocean Certificate of Competence (Commercial Endorsed)

· A GMDSS General Operators Certificate (GOC)


Candidates are required to complete a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) and send it off to the MCA. Allow at least 28 days for the MCA to process your NoE. Master 200 Oral Examinations are conducted online.