General Details
Course & Certification:

ID: 6.1.16

Description: Open-Sportsboat 10m™.

Certification type: Certificate of Competency
A7 Wallet.

ISO 9001:2015 compliance course & certification.

Course Length: <

A total of 28 hours consisting of;

Pre-Course study = 0 hours.
Theory Class Lessons = 16 hours.
Practical On-Board Lessons = 8 hours.
Home-study = 4 hours.

Capacity of certification:

1. Skipper of a open sports boat, day cabin, single
or twin outboard engine/s or inboard water-jet/s or inboard Z-drive/s, up to 10.0 metres Length-Water-Line (LWL) +10% = 11.0 metres Length-Over-All (LOA).

2. Max engine size (each engine) = 250hP 186 kW.

3. Inshore sheltered waters; harbours, bays, beach areas, waterways, lakes, rivers, canals, archipelago islands.

4. Short night passages within sheltered areas as per above.

5. 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, Power Vessels <=10mtrs.

Certification Revalidation:

Not required.

Sea-time requirements:

6 hours on the water.

Certification issuing requirements:

1. iymcs Self-Declaration of Medical Fitness.

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 Open-Sportsboat 10m™ is a modern, compact, to the point course, and is ideal for owners and charterers of sports boats and rigid inflatable boats (RIB's) under 10 metres length that are used in sheltered inland waters such as; bays, harbours, archipelago islands, rivers, canals and lakes.

The course covers the essentials and focuses upon being safe on the water. An important part of the course is to know what to do and who to contact when things do go wrong: Nearly all the scenarios are covered. Within the course, is a section that is dedicated to essential VHF communications.

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 Open-Sportsboat 10m™ course focuses upon developing the basic situation awareness skills.

Subjects covered include the CEVNI code for inland waterways in Europe, positioning, using the plotter, the basics of the Col.Regs & meteorology. Exercises in safety such as man-over-boards and emergency situations such as fire, flooding and grounding are also covered. Boat-handling and docking are important elements and much time is spent in practising this.

Picking-up a mooring buoy and anchoring in crowded bays are done in real-life exercises to show you the issues and how to resolve them. The all-important towing exercise is also covered. Other topics such as towing trailers, launching & recovery from a slip or hard or beach are included. Operatiing on fresh-water lakes are featured including aspects of MARPOL, local regulations and nature reserves.

The iymcs Open-Sportsboat 10m™ is a great courses, well designed and is proactive in what you need to know to be safe.

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 825,-EUR Northern Europe 750,-EUR United Kingdom 600,-GBP
Southern Europe 680,-EUR Middle East 750,-USD North America 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 small power vessels. Parts of a vessel. Basic nautical terminology. Buoyage & Marks; basic port & starboard lateral marks, isolated danger, special marks.

Rules 5,6,13,14,15.

Buoyage channel layouts. IALA System A & System B basics. Cardinal System. 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. Inland Col.Regs.

Steaming lights configuration. Anchor lights. Sailing vessels. Fishing vessels.

Vector Charts (V-ENC’s). 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.

Lighthouses. Beacons. Deviation and Variation.

Positioning. Distance measuring. Speed measurements.

Wind speed & direction. Beaufort Scale. Sea & Land Breezes. Wave heights. 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. Measuring distances. Course & bearing measurement.

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

Life-jackets and Personal Flotation Devices. Boat-hook usage. Man-over-board equipment. Flare kit. Medical kit. Fuel & electrical cut-offs. Engine cut-off safety cord. Navigation lights. VHF Radio. Electrical Panel -DC. Checking battery levels. Bilge pumps -manual & electrical. Fire extinguishers & engine compartment extinguishing system. Basic safety equipment check. Launching and recovery techniques. Rowing exercise - oars & paddles.

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

Fuel levels, refueling procedures. Water tank level & re-filling. Stowage check. Depth & Speed Log instruments. Plotter.

Pre-start checks. Throttle controls - cable & electronic. Post start-up checks including exhaust discharge. Clutching & de-clutching. RPM gauge/s. Helm indicator. Engine cut-off cord.

Engine tilt. Debris in water. Wind & waves strength & direction. Depths & obstructions. Marina port traffic. Singling-up lines, releasing of. Stowing fenders & lines.

Use of engine cut-off cord and attachment to helm-person. Slow speed exercises; turning the boat in a confined area, engine angle effect, narrow channel bends and obstructions, approaching a dock. Cruising-speed exercises; use of engine tilt, engine angle, turn rate, turning around obstructions, adjusting speed to wave motion. Hull planing action and control of. Crew sitting positions.

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 True - Variation - Magnetic Compass.

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. Anchoring exercise in a sheltered bay, river, lake, waterway etc. 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..

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

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

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

Basic heat stroke and hypothermia precautions. Sea-sickness. Minor body & limbs injuries. Cuts & bruises.

Trailer types. Traffic regulations & signage. Dry weight. Trailer checks. Securing onto a trailer. Hitching & unhitching. Trolley nose wheel. Maintenance.

Local regulations of usage of slip or hard. Slip/hard features & hazards. Launching from a trailer. Recovery onto a trailer. Wash-down of trailer. Pulling loaded trailer from a slip/hard.

MARPOL considerations. Local regulations. Restrictions of usage. Speed limits. Engine coolant re-circulation. Nature reserves.