General Details
Course & Certification:

ID: 6.1.4

Description: Master 10GT/12m™ sail.

Certification type: Certificate of Competency
A7 Wallet.

ISO 9001:2015 compliance course & certification.

Course Length:

A total of 148 hours consisting of;

Pre-Course study = 2 hours.
Theory Class Lessons = 42 hours.
Practical On-Board Lessons = 96 hours.
Home-study = 8 hours.

Capacity of certification:

1. Skipper of a sailing yacht up to 12.0 metres Length-Water-Line (LWL) +10% = 13.2 metres Length-Over-All (LOA).

2. Coastal waters; <30Nm a safe haven OR a coastal voyage <60Nm distance between two safe havens.

3. Near-coastal night passages within sight of land.

4. Tidal area with an average tidal height of less than 3 metres.

Recognitions & approvals:

Pending, in process.

Reference Standards:

Syllabus & Assessments adhere to UNECE Resolution N° 40 International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft, Sailing Vessels.

Certification Revalidation:

Not required.

Sea-time requirements:

10 days at sea.
8 night hours
Logged 120Nm.

Certification issuing requirements:

1. Iymcs Sea-Medical Certificate or a medical certificate recognised by Iymcs to be equivalent of.

2. Iymcs Radio GMDSS DSC A1 Coastal Certificate
A Radio GMDSS certificate recognised by Iymcs to be equivalent or of a higher level.

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).

If you are looking for a modern, dynamic learn-to-sail and navigate course, then the iymcs Master 10GT/12m™ sail is just for you. The course and certification is suitable for either skippering your own sailing yacht or skippering a charter sailing yacht.

The unique format of the iymcs Master 10GT/12m™ sail is progressive and allows you to develop your skill set at your own learning pace. Within the extensive syllabus, you can choose several course subjects that you wish to focus upon. Another unique feature of the course is the up-to-date learning techniques that begin with the use of technologies to understand subjects and techniques, these are then underpinned by the practise of traditional methods and values as the course progresses. This approach is avant-garde and is very effective in getting to the point of what you need to know, as well as which skills are needed, to safely navigate. It also gives to you a well-rounded knowledge and skill base so that you are able to self-develop as you gain more experience.

As with all the iymcs courses, safety is a key element but iymcs takes the subject a stage further. To understand safety, an important criteria is situation awareness. The iymcs Master 10GT/12m™ sail course focuses upon developing the basic situation awareness skills.

The course is interesting and the learning experience is enjoyable. The iymcs Master 10GT/12m™ sail course is your foundation base for sailing all your life.

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 2.200,-EUR Northern Europe 2.000,-EUR United Kingdom 1.700,-GBP
Southern Europe 1.800,-EUR Middle East 1.900,-USD North America 1.600,-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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Types of sailing yachts. Points of the wind. Parts of a vessel. Sails and Rigs. Basic nautical terminology. Buoys & Marks; basic port & starboard lateral marks, isolated danger, special marks.

Rules 5,6, 12,13,14,15.

Buoyage channel layouts. IALA System A & System B basics. Safe-water marks. Marina port & harbour entry marks. Beach & landing stages layouts. Basic buoyage lights.

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

Steaming lights configuration. Anchor lights. Sailing vessels.

Raster Charts (R-ENC’s) or Vector Charts (V-ENC’s). Mercator projection. Understanding scale of ENC charts. Magnification of ENC charts. Int. Chart N° 1 publication. Vector Chart symbols. Introduction to topography of land masses. Ports, harbours & bays. Charted depths & contour lines. Sea-beds. Obstructions.

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.

Harbour plans. Port entry marks & lights. Buoyage system layout. Depths & obstructions. Narrow channels.

Lighthouses. Beacons. Sector lights & range/transits. Deviation and Variation.

Waypoints - departure & destination. Distance off waypoints position. Distance measuring. Speed measurements.

Wind speed & direction. Beaufort Scale. Sea & Land Breezes. Wave heights. Low pressure and high pressure wind direction. Headland winds. Mountainous coastline wind effects. Meteo Bulletins & Forecasts. Sources of Meteo Information.

Pilot books. Tidal Almanacs.

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.

Vessel familiarization. Nautical terminology. Parts of the vessel. Boarding/disembarkation awareness. Deck obstructions. Hand-holds on-deck & interior.

Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices. Safety harnesses & clip-on procedures. Liferaft introduction. Boat-hook usage. Man-over-board equipment. Flare kit. Medical kit. Fuel, gas & electrical cut-offs. Navigation lights. Gas detector & cut-offs. VHF Radio. Electrical Panel -DC & AC. Checking battery levels. Bilge pumps -manual & electrical. Fire extinguishers & engine compartment extinguishing system. For’ard deck and side decks.

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

Pre-start checks; oil, coolant and fuel levels, battery isolators. Sea-cock for cooling system. Throttle controls - cable. Post start-up checks including exhaust discharge. Clutching & de-clutching. RPM gauges. Helm indicator.

Rudder check. Wind & waves strength & direction. Depths & obstructions. Marina port traffic. Casting-off from the dock. Singling-up lines, releasing of. Stowing fenders & lines. Passerelle stowage.

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

Use of winches & jammers. Mainsail; halyard hoisting technique, securing halyard, use of main-sheet, kicking strap, topping-lift. Genoa; unfurling technique, use of genoa sheet. Reducing sail area; reefing or furlingmainsail, furling genoa. Mainsheet & genoa traveller tracks. Lowering mainsail safely. Fitting a boom cover.

Points of sail; reaching, running & to windward. Steering a course under sail. Tacking under full sail. Gentle breeze gybing (<10kts). Cockpit tidiness with lines. Winch safety. Wearing harnesses & clipping-on. Awareness of leeway factors. Use of wind speed & direction instruments. Windex direction usage. Use of Tell-tales.

Position awareness exercise using plotter with vector charts + local large paper scale chart. Identify land navigation marks and objects. Referencing position to pilot book. Two-visual bearing fix. Port or harbour entry. Depth control. Steering a course by GPS Compass and by Magnetic Compass. Calculation of TVMDC. Course through water.

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

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 a 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.

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, furl head-sail, engine used.

WC operation & issues. Galley usage & stowage. Grab-handle points. Using of the companionway steps.

Coastguard & SAR MRCC. Range of TX & RX. Power output. Mic & PTT switch usage. CH16 usage. Port channels. Distress Mayday. Safety Securite messages. Pan Medico Alert.

Engine failure. Flooding & sinking. Grounding. Fire. Towing a vessel & to be towed.

Basic heat stroke and hypothermia precautions. Sea-sickness.

Basic safety equipment check. Launching and recovery techniques. Rowing exercise-oars & paddles. Use of outboard engine. Loading crew into tender. Crew sitting positions. Bag transfer from/to dock/boat to/from tender.