The IYT Master of Yachts Coastal is a comprehensive liveaboard course, which includes a practical examination on the water. The course covers subjects such as navigational charts and publications, dead reckoning and estimated position, position fixing, tides, tidal levels and data, pilotage, safety at sea, meteorology and much more.
Because the course is conducted on board a vessel, it also covers practical seamanship skills as ropework, anchor work, boat handling, docking, vessel presentation, navigation, passage planning and much more.
If you hold the IYT Master of Yachts Coastal certificate you are qualified for work as:
- Master of <24m vessel up to 60 nautical miles offshore.
- Chief Mate of a vessel <500GT up to 60 nautical miles offshore.
- Chief Mate of a vessel <200GT up to 150 nautical miles offshore.
For the IYT Master of Yachts Coastal certification the following requirements must be met:
- candidates should be 18 years of age or older;
- hold or obtain a Marine Communications VHF-SRC Radio Operators certificate;
- hold or obtain all STCW’95 certificates – STCW certificates must be valid (not expired) (if STCW Safety Training is taken after January 1, 2014 the new Proficiency in Maritime Security Awareness is also required);
- provide documented proof of 25 days and 800 miles at sea including two days as watch leader/skipper and 12 hours underway on watch at night;
- sit the course prior to obtaining the minimum sea time – however, they will not be issued their Master of Yachts Coastal/Mate <200GT certificate until all the requirements have been met;
- verification of boating experience signed by the master of the vessel on which the candidate was sailing (candidates claiming sea time during times when they were acting as captain may sign their own entries, but will need independent proof that can be verified by IYT);
- sea time must be obtained on a vessel at least 10m in length; and,
- a current Medical Fitness Certificate.
NOTE: IYT will also accept military letters stating service days for seatime, however, each will be reviewed to ensure they have sufficient experience for the level of certificate they are requesting.
This course is generally run over 6 days for Sail or 5 days for Power.