RYA International Yacht Training

Overview


The scheme comprises a series of practical courses, complemented by our navigation and other specialist short courses. You can use them simply to increase your knowledge and confidence, or as a progression to the RYA Certificates of Competence which are recognised by maritime authorities worldwide. The ideal introduction is the Australian Sailing - Discover Sailing Keelboat Start Crewing,  Start Helming and Start Skippering courses on our smaller International J24 yachts. You will get a better feel of sailing and you will learn to sail much faster than starting on our bigger yachts. Its a bit like learning to drive a car, you don't start in a truck first. Alternatively if your heart is set on starting on our beautiful bigger yachts the choice is yours and we then suggest the two day overnight Start Yachting course.  This can be combined  with a five day to get your Competent Crew Certificate.  Following Learning to Sail on our International J24 yachts,  we then suggest that, our bigger yachts are the best next step to learn about Pilotage and Navigation.  Our courses generally take place over five days or over a series of weekends.  The Cruising  Yacht Club of Australia (home of the famous Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race) has been our base for over 30 years on beautiful Sydney Harbour.  You can enter our program at any level, provided that you have the correct level of experience beforehand. It is important to be realistic when assessing your current experience and abilities and, if in doubt, discuss your requirements with our training centre before booking your course. ________________________________________________________

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Venturing Overseas?

International Certificate if Competence ICC   As the skipper of a vessel, you must ensure that you are aware of any requirement for qualifications before venturing into another country's jurisdiction. The requirement for a certificate of competence varies from country to country. Sometimes they are required for coastal waters, sometimes for inland waters, sometimes for neither and sometimes for both. Although only guaranteed to be accepted in countries that have adopted the relevant UN Resolution, the ICC International Certificate of Competence is a useful document to carry, and until March 1st 2011 this was unavailable to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents. Most European countries are now requiring skippers of charter and private boats to hold an ICC International Certificate of Competence to operate these vessels in their open and inland waterways. This Certificate is issued by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and it is important to check with your charter company or the maritime authorities of the countries you are intending to visit to find out if the ICC International Certificate of Competence is required. An ICC International Certificate of Competence issued in Australia is only available to persons holding passports or residents of: Australia, the United Kingdom and its territories, the USA, Canada and New Zealand. The ICC International Certificate of Competence can be issued directly to persons holding the RYA/Yachting Australia Day Skipper practical certificate or higher. For people not holding these qualifications a direct test is available. An ICC International Certificate of Competence can be issued for power and/or sailing vessels and for up to either 10 meters or 24 meters in length. Specify whether you require an ICC for power or sail when booking.  The test is both a practical and theoretical assessment and takes approximately 4 hours. It can be undertaken on your own suitable vessel or aboard one of our fleet. For those wishing to skipper a vessel on the inland waterways there is an additional short theory test named CEVNI. This covers the European Waterways Regulations and includes signs, buoyage, light and sound signals and general steering rules. The CEVNI test can be taken on-line or as a written test during the ICC assessment. Specific books available to help students prepare for ICC tests and CEVNI are available through ICC testing centres. We can arrange a direct test for the ICC International Certificate of Competence for those with suitable prior experience. If the test is taken aboard a sailing vessel over 10 meters the certificate is valid for sailing vessels to 24 meters and power vessels up to 10 meters. For those requiring an ICC valid for power vessels 10-24 meters the test must take place on a power boat over 10 meters. This can be conducted on your own boat.  
RYA YA Courses Pre Course Knowledge Ability After Course
A - Start Yachting  Practical None First steps to becoming a knowledgeable and useful crew member
B - Competent Crew Practical None Knowledgeable and useful crew member
C - Essential Navigation & Seamanship On line None Basic introduction to navigation and safety
D - Day Skipper Theory Shore based and available on line Some practical experience desirable Theoretical knowledge of basic seamanship, navigation and meteorology
E - Day Skipper Practical Basic knowledge of navigation to the level of the Day Skipper Shore based Course and basic sailing ability. 5 Days sailing, 100 miles, 4 night hours. Skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.
F - Day Skipper Combined Theory & Practical Shore based & Practical Some practical experience desirable Skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.
G - Yacht Master Coastal or Yacht Master Offshore Theory Shore based and available on Line Practical experience desirable. Navigation to Day Skipper shore based standard. Theoretical knowledge of offshore and coastal navigation, pilotage and meteorology.
H - Yacht Master Coastal or Yacht Master Offshore Practical 15 Days (2 days as skipper) 300 miles, 8 night hours Navigation to Coastal/Yacht Master shore based standard, sailing to Day Skipper standard Can begin to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night
I - Yacht Master Coastal or Yacht Master Offshore Prep + MCA/RYA YA Exam Practical 30 Days (2 days as skipper) 800 miles, 12 night hours Navigation to Coastal/Yacht Master shore based standard VHF/HF licence First Aid certificate Has the knowledge and ability to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but not necessarily the experience needed to undertake longer passages.  Has the same theoretical knowledge as a Yacht Master but not as much practical experience to enable him or her to perform as smoothly or consistently
J - Yacht Master Offshore Prep + MCA/RYA YA Exam Practical 50 Days (5 days as skipper) 2500 miles 5 passages over 60 miles (including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper) Navigation to Coastal/Yacht Master shore based standard VHF/HF licence First Aid certificate A Yacht Master is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from a harbour
K - Yacht Master Ocean Theory Shore based(not available at PSS) Coastal and offshore sailing Navigation to Coastal Skipper/Yacht Master Offshore shore based standard Has the theoretical knowledge of astro navigation, ocean meteorology and passage planning to undertake an ocean passage
An RYA Yacht Master certificate of competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper. Unlike other courses in the cruising program, there is no formal training to complete in order to become a Yacht Master. Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and seatime, you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge. Many Yacht Master candidates choose to book themselves into our RYA yacht training centre for some tailor-made tuition to prepare them for the exam, it is advisable to have knowledge to the level of our RYA Yachting Australia Yacht Master shore based course before attempting this exam. It is strongly recommended that you take a preparation course prior to taking the practical examinations.

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