General Details
Course & Certification:

ID: 6.1.7

Description: Master 80GT24m/Mate 200GT™ sail.

Certification type: Certificate of Competency
A6 Booklet.

ISO 9001:2015 compliance course & certification.

Course Length:

A total of 95 hours consisting of;

Pre-Course study = 8 hours.
Theory Class Lessons = 35 hours.
Practical On-Board Lessons = 40 hours.
Home-study = 12 hours.

Capacity of certification:

1. Captain of a sailing vessel up to 80 Gross Tons and no more than 24 metres Length Overall (LOA), private or commercially registered.

2. Mate or Watch-keeper on sailing vessels up to 200GT, private or commercially registered.

3. Operational limits:

For privately registered sailing vessels:
150Nm from a Safe Haven.

For commercially registered sailing vessels for charter:
60Nm from a Safe Haven in Category Waters II, III & IV (excluding polar waters).

4. Night passages unrestricted.

5. Tidal area with any height or range.

Recognitions & approvals:

Pending, in process.

STCW Code:

Complies with STCW Code II/3 subject to flag recognition and acceptance.
Trading Area Restrictions:
EEA & EFTA, Baltic, Mediterranean, Black Sea.

Certification Revalidation:

Yes required every 5 years from the date of issue.

Sea-time requirements:

Sea Areas Category III & IV:
60 days at sea
(5 days pro deck crew)
5 night passages 8 hrs.
logged 1.000Nm.


Sea Areas Category I & II:
48 days at sea.
(5 days pro deck crew)
3 night passages 8 hrs.
logged 340Nm.

Certification issuing requirements:

1. Seafarers Medical Certificate.
1a. iymcs Sea-Medical Certificate.

2. Radio GMDSS Restricted Operators Certificate + Sat-Com.

3. Sea-time log book signed-off.

4. Sea-time testimonials signed-off.

5. STCW Basic Safety Training 1978/2010.

What does the Certification look like?

iymcs a6 certif

The custom-designed iymcs booklet type certification is stylish and practical. The booklet outer is made of real leather with a sythentic interior that is resistant to water and protects the certificates. It is A6 in size, ideal to be kept in a crew document case or with the boat's documents in the chart-table.

The iymcs Certificates are printed to ISO9001:2015 standards, are dual-language and feature extensive security features to security level 3 (Government passports & national Iidentification documents are security levels 1 & 2) and can be used as a personal ID in daily situations.(Nb. It cannot be used instead of a passport/national identity card).

The first of the iymcs professional courses, the iymcs Master 80GT24m/Mate 200GT™ sail is a versatile CoC and can be adapted for usage through Endorsements. The Endorsements can be added at any time which is a significant advantage for you as your circumstances in the future may change, and you may find yourself working on other types of vessels or to operate in other sea areas or oceans. It also makes it easier to do a cross-over into another certification system of a differing flag administration.

The comprehensive subject matter that is covered achieves a good level of depth of knowledge and provides you with a good all-round knowledge base. The course introduces the first of the commercial syllabus such as Safe Working Practises, Risk Assessments, Watch-keeping Requirements, SOLAS etc, etc. This is relatively unique in many of the current offshore yachting certificates currently available (if it is, it is typically lightly mentioned).

For Flag and industry recognitions, as well as for compliance purposes, the Society has defined clearly the usage and limitations of this CoC which enables it to adhere to the STCW Code. Once again, this is an unusual process for this type of certification but does assist you in a positive way to gain jobs. The ‘Society” has separated the CoC capacities between 150Nm from a Safe Haven for a crew working on privately registered sail vessels and 60Nm from a Safe Haven for a crew working on commercially registered sail vessels for charter.

The CoC is dual-role (often known as polyvalent) and also has a watch-keeping capacity for a vessel up to 200 Gross Tons. It is used extensively to work as a Mate on these size of vessels. The basics functions of Radar, including mini-ARPA and AIS, are incorporated into this course for this reason. The practical course is dynamic and the main intentions of it are to build-up your skill-set so you can professionally run a vessel under the 200GT as a Mate or a sail vessel under 80GT as a Captain.

Other key features to consider:

The diagram below shows how the Endorsements for this CoC work.

Overall, the iymcs Master 80GT24m/Mate 200GT™ is a great course, it offers a lot and the CoC is versatile.

What is this?

Our Society, the 'International Yacht Marine Certification Society" (iymcs) operates its entire operations under a Quality Management System (QMS) that is in compliance with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 9001:2015 amended. Part of this compliance involves full auditing procedures.
This is an important reference and enables us to gain recognitions from maritime admininstrations and marine industry bodies alike. The QMS together with the ISO, ensures that iymcs and its Members operate to the highest standards possible. All our courses, and more importantly the Certifications that we issue, are under ISO9001:2015.
This practise is most unusual for such courses and certifications. Some organisations will claim ISO:9001 adherence but often the reality is the ISO compliance is for a very small number of their courses.


How much does the course cost?

The following are the recommended iymcs course prices (ex.VAT), prices may fluctuate between Member schools & colleges.

Scandinavia 2.000,-EUR Northern Europe 1.900,-EUR United Kingdom 1.700,-GBP
Southern Europe 1.800,-EUR Middle East 1.800,-USD North America 1.500,-USD
Prices exclude: course books,certification costs,personal travelling costs,course food and course accommodation.

Course Enquiry or Booking.

Your name; Your country of residence;
Your email; Your telephone number;
I need some more information, contact me; I would like to book a place on this course.
My ideal course date is; Where would you like to do the course;

Related Courses

Course Syllabus.

( Vers. 1.5. )   Click-on '+' to see Syllabus.

Sails and rigs. Nautical terminology. Introduction to Maritime Law. SOLAS general knowledge. Principles of Safe Working Practises. Introduction to Risk Assessments. Crew management practises. Essential signal flags & morse code. Watchkeeping basic procedures.

Rules 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19. All sound & light signals. All day-shapes.

Buoyage channel layouts. IALA System A & System B. Buoyage direction. Safe-water marks. Marina port & harbour entry marks. Beach & landing stages layouts. Buoyage lights -Flashing, Occulting & Isophase, Morse U & A. Isolated Danger marks. Beacon types.

Key channel marks & signals. Special vessel day & night signals. Movement control signals. Special channel signs..

Steaming lights configuration. Anchor lights. Sailing vessels -configurations. Vessel types & categories; fishing, towing, RAM, NUC, CBD, Aground.

Electronic Nautical Charts: Raster Charts (R-ENC’s) or Vector Charts (V-ENC’s). Mercator projection & scale. Magnification of ENC charts. Int. Chart N° 1 publication. Raster & Vector chart symbols. Topography of land masses. Ports, harbours & bays. Charted depths & contour lines. Types of sea-beds & soundings. Obstructions. Drying heights.

Screen set-up; illumination, contrasts, instrument inputs, system configuration. Distance measuring -using; latitude scale, ruler, measuring tool, cursor & VRM. Measuring angles & bearings using; EBL & cursor. Understanding information boxes. Heads-up & North-up. Static mode. Information layers. Route plan.

Harbour plans. Port entry marks & lights. Buoyage system layout. Depths & obstructions. Narrow channels & near-coastal TSS. Approach crossing technique to TSS. Vessel Traffic Systems/Services. Preparation of Pilotage plan/s

Lighthouses. Beacons, identification by day. Range/Transits, day & night. Sector lights. Deviation and Variation.

Waypoints - departure & destination. Distance-off waypoints position. Distance & speed measurements. Distance-off from obstructions.

Wind speed & direction. Beaufort Scale. Sea & Land Breezes. Wave heights and velocity of. Low & high pressure, wind direction. Headland winds. Mountainous coastline wind effects. Meteo Bulletins & Forecasts. Sources of Meteo Information. How to read meteo forecasts. Restricted visibility; fog, rain & mist. Level of Confidence factors of Meteo Forecasts.

Navigation Log Book. Pilot books. Tidal Almanacs. Legal requirements to carry charts & publications. Chart and publication updates - Notice to Mariners. Plotter ENC update requirements.

Local area large scale coastal chart. Chart publication check. Reading information. Exercises; buoyage & marks identification, depth & obstructions, major lights identification. Plotting instruments. Plotting a GPS position from plotter. Transferring waypoints from plotter. Measuring distances. Course & bearing measurement. Projected course track.

Deck layout. Mast & rig. Sail set-up. Deck obstructions. Cockpit layout. Jack-stays. Hatches & portholes. Hand-holds on-deck & interior. Boom and main-sheet arrangements.

Life-jackets and Personal Flotation Devices. Safety harnesses & clip-on procedures. Life-raft procedures. Man-over-board procedure & equipment usage. Flares, types of and how & when to use them. Medical kit content. Fuel, gas & electrical cut-offs. Navigation lights. Gas detector & cut-offs. VHF Radio. Electrical Panel -DC & AC. Checking battery levels. Compartment flooding & procedure. Bilge pumps -manual & electrical. Fire extinguishers & engine compartment extinguishing system. For’ard deck and side decks.

Line throwing exercise. Line names. Sheets & halyards.

Fuel levels, refueling procedures. Water tank levels & re-filling. Port-holes & windows closure. Stowage check. Power shore-supply cable. Depth & Speed Log instruments. Wind instruments. Plotter. Rudder. Bow thruster.

Pre-start checks; oil, coolant and fuel levels. Check Sea-cock for cooling system. Check sea-water strainer and clean. Check alternator belt. Throttle controls - cable. Post start-up checks incl. exhaust. RPM gauge and setting speed to. Helm indicator. Cold-water start procedures.

Rudder check. Wind & waves strength & direction. Depths & obstructions. Other vessel awareness (traffic). Marina port traffic. Request entry or departure from Port Marina Office. Casting-off from the dock methods. How to enter into a port or harbour. Approaches to the dock. Organize & brief crew for docking. Singling-up lines, releasing of. Passerelle stowage.

Slow speed exercises; turning the boat in a confined area, rudder angle effect, narrow channel bends & obstructions, approaching a dock. Autopilot usage.

Organizing crew tasks. Mainsail; halyard hoisting technique, use of main-sheet & main-sheet traveller co-ordination, kicking strap & boom vang, topping-lift usage. Adjustable back-stay usage. Runners and check-stays. Rig load and sail pressure. Genoa; unfurling, use of genoa sheet. Changing the Genoa for another. Reducing sail area; reefing mainsail, furling genoa. Genoa traveller track settings. Lowering mainsail safely. Storm jibs and stay-sails.

Organizing crew tasks. Steering a course under sail. Tacking under full sail. Create a visual reference course with various tacks. Create a visual reference course to clear obstructions and shallow depth areas. Create a visual reference course to maintain a safe distance off from a headland. Moderate wind gybing (10kts-16kts). Cockpit tidiness with lines. Winch safety. Wearing harnesses & clipping-on. Awareness of leeway factors. Wind speed & direction instruments. Windex direction usage. Use of Tell-tales. Launching and take-down of Asymmetrical spinnakers in light winds (< 10 kts). Velocity Made Good. Relationship of apparent wind & true wind direction and speed.

Position awareness exercise using plotter with vector charts + local large paper scale chart. Identify land navigation marks and objects. Referencing position to pilot book. Distance off. Two-visual & three-bearing fix. Running fix. Port or harbour entry, day & night. Depth control. Steering a course by GPS Compass and by Magnetic Compass. Calculation of TVMDC. Analysis of data of; COG, SOG, CTW, STW, DOG, DTW. Pilotage plans. Use of waypoints. ETA calculations under sail. Projected course plot clearing obstructions, shallows & headlands. Fuel consumption planning. Course to Steers to offset leeway & tidal stream & current affects.

Boat preparation. Watch duties & allocation of. Watch-keeping briefing. Crew briefing & allocating tasks. Safety aspects & safety equipment checks. Sail and rig set-up for meteo & sea conditions. Preparation of Pilotage Plans. Interior preparation. Galley preparation of light snacks and drinks. Deck & Rig checks for tacking.

Tidal height adjustments. Standard tidal curves. Practical explanation of Tidal Streams. Top-surface currents. The use of tidal almanacs. Chart Datum concept. Charted depths. Depth contour lines. Drying heights. Calculating time of float-off aftergrounding. Calculating clearance time to cross a harbour bar. Sea-bed characteristics. Tidal Diamonds. Tidal stream atlases.

Identify type of anchor on-board. Anchor chain/rope length, secure of. Use of Capstan. Exercise of partially lowering and raising anchor in port. Anchoring exercise in sheltered bay. Weighing anchor and departure of an anchorage. Picking up a buoy technique, securing and releasing of mooring line.

Overtaking, head-on & crossing related to the rules 13, 14 & 15. Keeping a look-out Rule 5 and maintaining a safe speed Rule 6. Rule 11 sailing vessels, port tack rule, windward rule & port leeward rule. Basic sound signals usage whilst underway.

Life-ring or horshoe practise throwing exercise. In-sight exercise under power; using Andersen turn, fender & bucket. In-sight exercise under sail; using fender & bucket. Reach-Reach & Reach-Run-Gybe maneuver under sail.

WC issues and dismantling of pump. Galley usage & stowage. Grab-handle points. Using of the companionway steps. Cooking a full meal underway. Provisioning list. Organizing provisioning of the boat.

Coastguard & SAR MRCC. Range of TX & RX. Power output. CH16 usage. Port channels. Distress Mayday. Safety Securite messages. Pan Medico Alert. Call-up for port entry & departure.

Procedures for; grounding, flooding or sinking, engine failure, electrical systems failure, fire. Towing a vessel & to be towed. Rudder or steering failure. Dis-masting or mast issues. Furling gear failure.

Basic heat stroke and hypothermia precautions. Sea-sickness. Head injuries. Arm & leg injuries. Basic Bandaging. Cuts & bruises. Jelly fish and coral stings.

Basic safety equipment check. Tender garage rail & winch launch. Launching and recovery procedures. Rowing exercise - oars & paddles. Loading crew into tender. Crew sitting positions. Communications tender to boat.

Passage Planning -near coastal. Creation of working Passage plans. Creation of Summary Passage Plan. Route track planning -near-coastal. Effects of tidal stream & currents. Vessel traffic density.

Definition of a vessel engaged in Charter. Designated Person Ashore (DPA). Summary Passage Plan submission. Passenger or/and crew max. capacity. Duty of Care. Due Diligence. Legal limitations of a Skipper. Introduction to SOLAS. Small Vessel Code. Surveying requirements for a small commercial vessel. Maintenance requirements for a small commercial vessel. Operational limitations. Introduction to Risk Assessments. Introduction to Boat Accounts. VAT & import issues. Introduction to flagging. Customs & health clearance. Vessel Insurance considerations.

Route track plotting. Offshore approach tactics to headlands. Course tracks; actual, projected and historical. Landfall technique for lights, beacons and land objects. Course track adjustments to avoid low pressure systems. Offshore TSS’s.

Principles of Radar operation. System set-up. Screen & keyboard illumination & contrasts. Correct use of range scale. Gain control usage with chart referencing (on auto-tune). EBL & VRM usage. Data boxes. Sea & rain clutter. Heads-up RM, North-Up RM & TM. Target & vessel identification. Mini-ARPA. AIS transponders & receivers.

Battery management system. Shore Supply cable & input. Generator. Master electrical panel. AC electrical panel 220-240 VAC. DC electrical panel 12-24 VDC. Helm electrical panel. Battery cross-over. Starting procedures for battery low tension levels.