Professional Skippers Qualifications


Professional Yachtsmen are required to hold certain qualifications. The table below summarises the manning requirements that apply on UK flagged vessels up to 200 tonnes and carrying up to a maximum of 12 passengers.

Area of OperationLimitationsMinimum Qualification for Skipper on board a Power VesselMinimum Qualification for Skipper on board a Sail VesselMinimum Crew Requirement
Area Category 6Vessel under 24m, within 3 miles from nominated departure point in favourable weather and by daylight RYA Powerboat Level 2 and 12 months relevant experience OR RYA Day Skipper Power RYA Powerboat Level 2 and 12 months relevant experience OR RYA Day Skipper Sail A 2nd crew member who can assist the skipper
Area Category 5Vessel under 24m, within 20 miles from nominated departure point in favourable weather and by daylight RYA Day Skipper Power & Shorebased & 12 months relevant experience RYA Day Skipper Sail & Shorebased & 12 months relevant experience A 2nd crew member who can assist the skipper
Area Category 4Vessel under 24m, within 20 miles of a safe haven in favourable weather and by daylight MCA/RYA Advanced Powerboat Cert. of Competence & 2 years relevant experience OR MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Power MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Sail A 2nd crew member who can assist the skipper
Area Category 3Vessel under 24m, within 20 miles of a safe haven MCA/RYA Advanced Powerboat Cert. of Competence & 2 years relevant experience OR MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Power MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Sail A 2nd crew member who can assist the skipper
Area Category 2Vessel up to 200 tonnes, within 60 miles of a safe haven MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail An experienced crew member
Area Category 1Vessel up to 200 tonnes, within 150 miles of a safe haven MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power & MCA AEC & STCW'95 Medical Care MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail & RYA Diesel & STCW'95 Medical Care

A MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Sail OR Power

Area Category 0Vessels up to 200 tonnes, unrestricted by area MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Power & MCA AEC & STCW'95 Medical Care MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Sail & RYA Diesel & STCW'95 Medical Care A MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail OR Power

All of the above Skipper & Crew Qualifications & Certificates of Competence should be commercially endorsed by the RYA.

If the vessel is fitted with Radar, the skipper and any crew who may be required to use it also require relevant training i.e. RYA Radar

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