General Details
Course & Certification:

ID: 6.1.5

Description: Master 20GT/15m™ sail.

Certification type: Certificate of Competency
A7 Wallet.

ISO 9001:2015 compliance course & certification.

Course Length:

A total of 98 hours consisting of;

Pre-Course study = 5 hours.
Theory Class Lessons = 35 hours.
Practical On-Board Lessons = 48 hours.
Home-study = 10 hours.

Capacity of certification:

1. Skipper of a sailing yacht up to 15.0 metres Length-Water-Line (LWL) +10% = 16.5 metres Length-Over-All (LOA).

2. Coastal waters; <60Nm from a safe haven OR Offshore voyage <120Nm distance between two safe havens.

3. Night passages coastal & offshore.

4. Tidal area with an average tidal height of less than 6 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:

20 days at sea.
16 night hours.
Logged 250Nm.

Certification issuing requirements:

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

2a. iymcs Radio GMDSS DSC A1+A2 Certificate.
2b. 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).

The iymcs "Master 20GT/15m™" sail course is aimed at sailing crew that have some experience and wish to build their knowledge base as well as complete their existing skill-set. Many people gain experience by sailing on friend's boats and by doing so, they pick-up some knowledge and skills but always there is missing parts to both. The iymcs "Master 20GT/15m™" sail course does a great job in filling gaps of knowledge as well as to improve your existing skills set.

The course and certification is suitable for either skippering your own sailing yacht or skippering a larger charter sailing yacht.

The unique format of the iymcs "Master 20GT/15m™" sail course 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 20GT/15m™" sail course focuses upon situation awareness skills that are vital in near-coastal waters, and deals with likely scenarios and the options on how to deal with them.

The course is interesting, the learning experience is comprehensive, as well as being enjoyable, and the course level ramps-up quickly to the level you need.

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 1.600,-EUR Northern Europe 1.400,-EUR United Kingdom 1.100,-GBP
Southern Europe 1.400,-EUR Middle East 1.400,-USD North America 1.300,-USD
Prices exclude: course books,certification costs,personal traveling 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 1, 5, 6, 7,9, 12,13,14,15. Basic Sound signals. Basic Day shapes.

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

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

Steaming lights configuration. Anchor lights. Sailing vessels. Vessel types; fishing, towing, RAM, NUC, CBD.

Raster Scan Charts (RSC’s) or Electronic Nautical Charts (ENC’s). Mercator projection & scale. Magnification of ENC charts. Int. Chart N° 1 publication. Vector Chart symbols. Intro 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. 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. 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.

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. Projected course track.

Vessel familiarization. Deck obstructions. Hand-holds on-deck & interior.

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.

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. 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.

Organising 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. Genoa; unfurling technique, use of genoa sheet. Changing the Genoa for another. Reducing sail area; reefing or furlingmainsail, furling genoa. Genoa traveller track settings. Lowering mainsail safely.

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. Light-wind gybing (<10kts). 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.

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. Port or harbour entry. Depth control. Steering a course by GPS Compass and by Magnetic Compass. Calculation of TVMDC. Course through water. Pilotage plans. Use of waypoints. ETA calculations. Plot a projected course to follow to clear obstructions, shallow depths and headlands. Fuel consumption planning.

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

Introduction to Tidal Heights. 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. 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. Deploying anchor signals.

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. Reach-Reach maneuver.

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.

Engine failure. Flooding or 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. Loading crew into tender. Crew sitting positions.