General Details
Course & Certification:

ID: 6.1.15

Description: Yacht-Tender Crew 15m™.

Certification type: Certificate of Competency
A7 Wallet.

ISO 9001:2015 compliance course & certification.

Course Length:

A total of 30 hours consisting of;

Pre-Course study = 4 hours.
Theory Class Lessons = 14 hours.
Practical On-Board Lessons = 8 hours.
Home-study = 4 hours.

Capacity of certification:

1. Tender crew to operate a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) or open-sports day boat up to 15.0 metres Length-Water-Line(LWL) +10% = 16.5 metres Length-Over-All (LOA), private or commercially registered, used as a tender on a superyacht >24 mtrs LWL. Single / twin engined of a total power output of 500 hP / 330 kW.

2. No watch-keeping capacity.

3. Operational limits:

For privately registered boats:
Near-coastal < 5Nm from the coast of departure, operating day or night.

For an auxiliary tender to a commercially registered charter yacht used to carry guests & crew:
Within the Internal or Territorial Waters of a Maritime State as shown on large scale charts, operating day or night.

4. Night passages unrestricted.

5. Tidal area with a height or range less than 3 mtrs.

Recognitions & approvals:

Pending, in process.

STCW Code:

Not applicable.

Certification Revalidation:

Yes required every 5 years from the date of issue.

Sea-time requirements:

1 day at sea 6 hrs.
1 night operations/exercises 2 hrs.

Certification issuing requirements:

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

2. iymcs Radio GMDSS DSC A1.
2a. Radio VHF SRC/DSC Certificate recognised by iymcs.

What does the Certification look like?

iymcs a7 certif

The custom-designed iymcs wallet type certification is stylish and practical. The wallet outer is made of real leather with a sythentic interior that is resistant to water and protects the certificates. It is wallet size, comfortable to carry around, it is not too small to lose like the credit-card style type certifications you often see now.

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).

There are many different types of yacht-tenders, of different lengths ranging from 4 mtrs up to 18 mtrs or even bigger. A typical Super-Yacht Tender can cost from 30.000 Euros for a small RIB, up to 1 millon Euros for a Limo-tender. Some of these tenders can reach up to speeds of 50 knots or more. As professional deck crew, you really need to know what you are doing when operating them.

The iymcs Yacht-Tender Crew 15m™ Certification is a specially written course for professional crew operating tenders from a Superyacht. Unlike many other courses that can be found, this course is not a recreational based course. The syllabus is based upon operating practices found onboard a Superyacht. The ‘Society’ has defined the operational limits in relation to the Superyacht being either privately or commercially registered.

The Certification enables the crew to operate a tender from the all-important commercial aspect covering the requirements of carrying charter guests and crew, whether it be day or night in moderate conditions.

The course consists of three parts;

i. Classroom theory course.
ii. Practical on-board course & exercises -day time.
iii. Practical on-board course & exercises -night time.

The course is ideal if you are new crew joining the yachting industry with some boating experience or if you are existing professional crew.
Within the the course, it features the basics of the Col.Regs in relation to small boat practices and manages to keep a reference to the rule numbers which for watchkeeping later-on, is great.
Navigation lights are covered in relative detail to enable safe operations in periods of darkness. The navigation concentrates upon position awareness and position approximation. Interaction between the plotter and the small craft edition charts and pilot books are also highlighted.
The all-important slow-speed boat handling is covered in-depth to build-up your confidence levels for driving the tender in crowded harbours. High speed boat handling is important to practise, including creating such things as visual clearing marks, turn radiuses, etc. There are two MOB’s that are covered, the Andersen and the Williamson: The Andersen turn is used for recovery of wake-boarders, skiers etc. An introduction to engine and propulsion units is featured, including the alarms for over-heating, oil pressure etc (important to understand when speaking to the engineers) Tender recovery procedures are within the syllabus with different types of launching mechanisms.

The iymcs Yacht-Tender Crew 15m™ course has been developed over many years of teaching professional deck crew. The Certification looks great, with its leather holder wallet size, and can be carried in a pocket. Another practical aspect to the Certification, that it shows your pasport photo, your passport number and some other personal details that enable it to be used as a secondary ID if required.

Key features to consider:

The diagram below shows the documents required for the Certification.

The iymcs Yacht-Tender Crew 15m™ course is one of most complete courses you will find, you will learn a lot from it as well as enjoy the course.

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 685,-EUR Northern Europe 685,-EUR United Kingdom 600,-GBP
Southern Europe 600,-EUR Middle East 600,-USD North America 500,-USD
Prices exclude: course books,certification costs,personal travelling costs,course food and course accommodation.

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Course Syllabus.

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Tender and small sports boat types. Engine types and propulsion types. Nautical terminology. Basic navigation lights. Introduction to buoyage Lateral A & B Systems.

Extracts and summary of Rules 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15.

Buoyage channel layouts. IALA System A & System B. Basic types of buoyage and marks. Buoyage direction. Safe-water marks. Beach & landing stages layouts. Buoyage lights -Flashing. Isolated Danger marks.

Steaming lights configuration. Anchor lights. Sailing vessels.

Vector Nautical Charts (V-ENC’s). Mercator projection & scale. Magnification of ENC charts. Int. Chart N° 1 publication. Ports, harbours & bays. Charted depths & contour lines. Obstructions. Drying heights.

Distance measuring -using; latitude scale, ruler, measuring tool, cursor & VRM. Measuring angles & bearings using; EBL & cursor. Understanding information boxes. Heads-up.

Beacons, identification by day. Range/Transits, day & night.

Wind speed & direction. Beaufort Scale. Sea & Land Breezes. Wave heights and velocity of. Meteo Bulletins & Forecasts. Sources of Meteo Information. How to read meteo forecasts. Types of restriction visibility; fog. rain, mist & sea spray.

Pilot books & Tidal Almanacs. Legal requirements to carry charts & publications.

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. Measuring distances. Course & bearing measurement. Projected course track.

Introduction to Tidal Heights. Practical explanation of Tidal Streams. Top-surface currents. The use of tidal almanacs.

Launching & recovery systems. Pre-launch or pre-hoist precautions. Line guides. Safety management & Pemit to work.

Call-up procedure. Wind/wave direction aspects. Stern platform approach. Side-platform approach. Pitching vessel issues.

Basic operation of a 4-cycle petrol engine. Basic operation of a 2-cycle diesel engine. Propulsion types; propeller, jets. All-electric propulsion. Low-rpm cooling alarm. In-line fuel filter. Exhaust system. The effects of weed & debris in the water.

Certificate of Registry. Certificate of Insurance. Certification Plate. Passenger or/and crew max. capacity. Duty of Care.

Vessel familiarization. Safety Equipment & location of. Cut-offs. Location of fire extinguishers.

Kill-cord function & usage. Life-jackets and Personal Flotation Devices. Man-over-board procedure & equipment usage. Flares, types of and how & when to use them. Medical kit content. Fuel & electrical cut-offs. Navigation lights. VHF Radio. Electrical Panel -12 VDC. Checking battery levels. Bilge pumps -manual & electrical. Fire extinguishers & engine compartment extinguishing system.

Practise of the four basic knots. Coiling ropes. Line throwing exercise. Line names. Use of cleats, bollards & fairleads. Use of Fenders and safety aspects..

Fuel levels, refueling procedures. Water tank levels & re-filling. Stowage check. Power shore-supply cable. Instrument checks: VHF Radio, Speed & Log, Depth & Plotter.

Pre-start checks; oil, coolant & fuel levels. Check sea-water strainer and clean. Check engine tilt-mechanism. Throttle controls - cable. Post start-up checks incl. exhaust. RPM gauge and setting speed to. Helm indicator. Cold-water start procedures.

Steering system check. Wind & waves strength & direction. Depths & obstructions. Other vessel awareness (traffic). Marina port traffic. Casting-off from the dock methods. How to enter into a port or harbour. Approaches to the dock. Singling-up lines, releasing of.

Slow speed exercises; turning the boat in a confined area, rudder angle effect, narrow channel bends & obstructions, approaching a dock. Single-engine docking. Bow thruster effects. Bow push-on to the dock. Side-too & stern-too mooring. Temporary single-line mooring. Initial power application technique. Wave angle approach. S-technique over waves. Stopping technique.

Position awareness exercise using plotter with vector charts + local large paper scale chart. Identify land navigation marks and objects. Referencing position to pilot book. Visual estimation of distance off. Two-bearing visual fix. Port or harbour entry, day & night. Depth control. Steering a course by GPS Compass and by Magnetic Compass. Fuel consumption planning.

Identify type of anchor on-board. Anchor chain/rope length, secure of. Anchoring exercise in sheltered bay, dropping the anchor and weighing anchor. 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.

General procedure day time. Use of fender & bucket. Life saving equipment in the water. Recovery techniques. Life-ring or horshoe practise throwing exercise. In-sight exercise under power at speed; using Andersen turn. In-sight exercises under power at speed; using Williamson turn.

Coastguard. Range of TX & RX. Power output. CH16 usage. Port channels. Distress Mayday. Safety Securite messages.

Procedures for; grounding, flooding or sinking, engine failure, electrical systems failure, fire.

Basic heat stroke and hypothermia precautions. Migraines. Sea-sickness. Cuts & bruises. Hands, feet & limbs injuries. Head concussion. Jelly-fish stings.

Turn-radius technique. Rounding a buoy or mark close-in. Clearing an obstruction visually. Creation of clearing marks in a narrow waterway. Counter-acting hull pounding. Steering torque effect..

Boat preparation. Safety aspects & equipment checks. Harbour entry lights identification. Lateral marks identification. Manouvering in anchorages. Keeping a look-out issues..