commercial marine

Commercial Marine

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Each year approximately 4,500 people apply to the RYA for commercial endorsements in order to use their RYA qualifications professionally as skipper or crew. From delivering a new 35’ yacht or driving a workboat with lifting and towing gear, to running a super yacht in the Med. Whatever the job is on board, in the professional world, commercial mariners are no different from the captain of a cruise liner – they have a duty of care to crew, passengers, and other water users, and will be held to account if things go wrong.

Skilltrack delivers all the components of the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam
with the commercial endorsement. In addition, Skilltrack arranges for the final RYA external examination and the medical, both of which are requirements for the commercial endorsement.

Skilltrack offers the following courses to the Commercial Mariner:

RYA VHF/SRC Radio Course

The SRC course is now delivered by two distinct methods the interactive online approach or the class room based approach. Both methods cover the same syllabus and are the preparation for the Face to Face Assessment required by Ofcom and managed through the RYA. The VHF course is the most commonly used communications tool for marine users. The syllabus covers the procedures for use in a VHF radio and covers the importance for Digital Selective calling DSC in distress situations. We advise trying the RYA taster course to gain an overview of the subject matter and also to ensure your computer is compatible with the RYA Interactive System. Click for the interactive page or contact Skilltrack directly if you wish to do the classroom course.
Duration: 10 hours study plus assessment

RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR)

This online based course is essential for any one working on the water in a professional and/or commercial capacity. The course covers the principles of marine legislation. The course will enable the professional to reflect on his/her own practice and appreciate the extent of their own responsibilities. We advise trying the RYA taster course to gain an overview of the subject matter and also ensure your computer is compatible with the RYA Interactive System. Click for the interactive page.

RYA Essential Navigation

The essential navigation course is an introduction to navigation; it is designed for someone new to any water based activity. The course can be delivered in a classroom or online course. We have found that a blended approach is frequently the best option where the learner attends an initial classroom session and finishes the course in own time with remote tutor support by phone as required. We advise trying the RYA taster course to gain an overview of the subject matter and also to ensure your computer is compatible with the RYA Interactive System. Click for the interactive page or contact Skilltrack directly if you wish to do the classroom course.
Duration: 10 hours study plus assessment

RYA CEVNI Exam

This is the necessary endorsement on the International Certificate of Competence for skippers using the Inland European Waterways. We advise trying the RYA taster course to gain an overview of the subject matter and also to ensure your computer is compatible with the RYA Interactive System. Click for the interactive page.
Duration: 1-2 hours

RYA Basic Sea Survival

The Water survival course covers the health risks and the effects of cold water shock. The Skilltrack trainer explains the importance of lifejackets, how to use flares and emergency beacons. It also covers the life raft types and gives the opportunity for the practical experience of using a life raft in a swimming pool setting.
Duration: 1 day

RYA First Aid

The RYA First Aid course is designed to give the basic knowledge for being able to be an effective first aid responder. The course is classroom based. All commercially endorsed practioners must hold a recognised First Aid Certificate.
Duration: 1 day

RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance

This RYA accredited course provides awareness of the main system of a marine diesel engine. The course teaches basic diagnostics and how to rectify minor defects whilst on the water. This course is suitable for those crewing and helming diesel engines.
Duration: 1 day

RYA Day Skipper Theory

By the end of this course you will understand the principles of coastal navigation and
pilotage. The course covers an introduction to marine terminology, seamanship, safety, collision regulations chart work and tides. The course includes the RYA examination for Dayskipper theory.
Duration: 7 evenings and one weekend

RYA Coastal Skipper/Yacht Master Theory

The Yacht master theory builds on the knowledge gained in Day Skipper. The course covers pilotage, electronic navigation, tides, passage planning, Safety, collision regulations, weather. The course includes the examination for Coastal skipper/Yachtmaster theory.
Duration: 8 evenings and one weekend

RYA Radar

The RYA RADAR one day training courses covers how to use RADAR for both navigation and collision avoidance. The course will explain when RADAR is an effective tool and when RADAR’s use is limited. The tutor will explain the principles of how to tune a RADAR set, using a simulator. The simulated training will be used to generate scenarios demonstrating how to use RADAR appropriately.
Duration: 1 day

Power Boat Tuition

Own boat tuition is available for poweboats with the following drives:
• propeller drive
• jet drive
• outdrive
• outboard engine.
Please contact directly to discuss your specific needs.

Local Knowledge Endorsement (River Thames)

Anyone working commercially on the River Thames  between Margaretness and Putney Bridge is required to have passed  The local Knowledge Endorsement. Skilltrack can provide courses and training to ensure that individuals are prepared for the examination.

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