200 ton Yachtmaster Course

Now enrolling for our next course which takes place from 2nd October 2017

The marine industry is one of the few areas that has not been affected by the current economic recession. Huge growth in the offshore industry is still under way and the yachting industry is not faring too bad either.

With this in mind Bow Waves are delighted to offer prospective candidates the opportunity to take an intensive 24-week course for Commercial Skipper’s accredited by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) recognized worldwide. The course is also run in conjunction with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

Bow Waves commercial yacht master course includes STCW Basic Safety training and powerboat operations up to advanced level, upon successful completion of the course candidates will be qualified to a recognised worldwide standard that will enable them to apply for positions as Skipper, 1st Mate or Officer of the Watch on motor vessels up 200 Ton and entry level for Super Yachts.

  • Course Type: Practical and theory
  • Required Experience:.
  • Waterproofs (Optional) will be provided
  • Life jacket will be provided
  • Waterproof Deck Boots
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water confident – swimming ability not essential
  • Passport or Seafarer Discharge Book
  • Must be able to pass a medical including eye sight test.
  • RYA-ISA Membership.

Coastal – up to 40 miles.
Offshore – up to 150 miles.
Ocean – worldwide.

Duration: 24 weeks full-time 

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A Career in Yachting

 

Now enrolling for our next course which takes place from 2nd October 2017

The marine industry is one of the few areas that has not been affected by the current economic recession. Huge growth in the offshore industry is still under way and the yachting industry is not faring too bad either.

Welcome to the Yacht master course where we provide customers with the ability to travel around the World for free while getting paid at the same time. The Yacht master course is an intensive all in marine course which will enable you to work on-board some of the most luxurious yachts in the World.  

The yachting industry is very unique, as it allows you the opportunity to travel the world in a very affordable way…considering you are actually getting PAID as you go!

A yacht stewardess is basically a server, bartender and glorified cleaning lady aboard megayachts. I am responsible for tending to the guests and for maintaining the interior of the boat.

Although the hours can be demanding, and the work can be intense, I have repeatedly come to the conclusion that the benefits outweigh the negatives!

When you work full-time on a yacht, almost all of your expenses are covered. You will not need to pay for rent, as you live on the boat, travel costs because you travel on the boat, and your flights will be covered, and food costs because the chef takes care of the cooking!

Check out how some of our past pupils have been getting on with their adventures.

  

Mayra’s Blog

In Mid-January I got offered my first permanent job. On a 72ft Sailing boat. In a way it was such a relief to finally have a secure job! My position is Deck/Stew, the others on board are a Captain/engineer and a chef, so its only 3 of us. It's been 3 months already since i have stepped on board. I really love it! There's good and bad things about it but in general I'm very happy, and lucky to have been recommended by a previous boat. In the past 3 months on-board, we have had 2 boss trips and a couple of charters taking us to St Barths, Anguilla, Antigua, St Lucia, Dominica, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada....sailed up to Puerto Rico, did the US virgin islands, and at the end we decided to do a 'crew holiday' in the British Virgin islands to celebrate a great season of back to back charters.

Even though I did stay on the boat while visiting all these islands, I did get to see a lot of nice bays and now and then the guests took us out for dinner. In between charters we had days off in St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Puerto Rico and US virgin islands. It was difficult relaxing on my days off knowing there's a whole new island to explore!

Duration: 4 weeks full-time

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ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased

ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased Training CourseThe ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased course develops a recreational sailor's ability to skipper a sailing or motor yacht on coastal passages during daylight and at night.

Shorebased course certificates are course attendance certificates and can only be awarded following successful course completion. Shorebased course completion certificates cannot therefore be issued solely on the basis of assessments completed without course attendance.

The Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased course Certificates are not prerequisites for the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore certificate examinations; candidates for either of these exams are however, strongly recommended to undertake the relevant shorebased course or courses.

  • Course Type: Theory
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  • Duration: 45 hours contact time 

ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased

The ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course develops the recreational sailor's ability to skipper a sailing or motor yacht on coastal and offshore passages during daylight and at night. Shorebased course certificates are course attendance certificates and can only be awarded following successful course completion. Shorebased course completion certificates cannot therefore be issued solely on the basis of assessments completed without course attendance.

ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased CourseGeneral

The Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course certificates are not pre requisites for the ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased or ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased certificate examinations; candidates for either of these exams are, however, strongly recommended to undertake the relevant shorebased course or courses.

  • Course Type: Theory
  • Required Experience:
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  • Minimum Duration: 45 hours contact time
  • Cost: On enquiry

 

 

ISA Coastal Navigation for Small Boats

ISA Coastal Navigation for Small Boats training courseThis course provides recreational powerboat users the skills needed to plan and use boats during day light hours, in waters in which they are familiar. It will include the typical skills necessary to enjoy family day trips and longer coastal passages.

ISA Coastal Navigation For Small Boats

  • Course Type: Shorebased
  • Required Experience: None
  • Assumed Knowledge: None
  • Course Content: The typical skills necessary to enjoy family day trips and longer coastal passages
  • Ability After Course: Ability to plan and use boats during day light hours, in waters in which they are familiar
  • Duration: 2 Day
  • Cost:

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ISA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the ISA Coastal Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on ocean passages. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore ShorebasedThis course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the ISA Yachtmaster Ocean, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the Yachtmaster Navigation shorebased course, the ISA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

Students in the southern hemisphere can take advantage of the southern hemisphere version of our training materials, ensuring that your course is relevant to you.

The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. Intensive week-long course.

Course topics include:

  • Position fixing
  • Course shaping and plotting
  • Tidal knowledge
  • Use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • Electronic position finding equipment
  • Taking and interpreting forecasts
  • Plotting weather systems
  • Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • Collision regulations
  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

Course Type: Theory

Required Experience: Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Navigation

Minimum Duration: 40 hours (16 evenings or five days)

ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Prep.

It is recomended that the Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation is completed before the exam as this gives the candidate a higher chance of success.

The ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence Syllabus - Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Syllabi (ISA MCA) - Candidates may be given the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge or competence in the areas listed below

In each section the examiner will expect to see the candidate take full responsibility for the management of the yacht and crew. In ISA Yachtmaster Offshore exams the candidate will be expected to demonstrate competence based on broad experience.

International Regulations for preventing Collisions at Sea

ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam prep and Exam(Power)Questions will be confirmed to the International Regulations and although Yachtmaster candidates must be aware of the existence of Local Regulations they will not be expected to memorise specific local regulations:

  • General rules (1-3)
  • Steering and sailing rules (4-19)
  • Lights and shapes (20-31)
  • Sound and light signals (32-37)
  • Signals for vessels fishing in close proximity (Annex II)
  • Distress signals (Annex IV)

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Safety

Yachtmaster Candidates will be expected to know what safety equipment should be carried on board a Motorboat, based either on the recommendations in ISA booklet C8, the Special Regulations of the ORC or the Codes of Practice for the Safety of Small Commercial Vessels. In particular, candidates must know the responsibilities of a skipper in relation to:

  • Safety harnesses
  • Lifejackets
  • Distress flares
  • Fire prevention and fighting
  • Liferafts
  • Knowledge of rescue procedures. Helicopter rescue.

Boat Handling

Candidates for Yachtmaster Offshore exam will be expected to answer questions or demonstrate ability in more complex situations and will also be expected to show a higher level of expertise:

  • Coming to and weighing anchor, under power in various conditions of wind and tide
  • All berthing and un-berthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Recovery of man overboard
  • Towing, under open sea conditions and in confined areas
  • Boat handling in confined areas
  • Boat handling in heavy weather Helmsmanship to best advantage Use of warps for securing in an alongside berth and for shifting berth or winding

General Seamanship & Maintenance

  • Properties, use and care of synthetic fibre ropes
  • Knots
  • General deck-work, at sea and in harbour
  • Engine operations and routine checks
  • Improvisation of jury rigs following gear failure Responsibilities of Skipper
  • Can skipper a Motorboat and manage the crew
  • Communication with crew
  • Delegation of responsibility and watch-keeping organisation
  • Preparing Motorboat for sea and for adverse weather
  • Tactics for heavy weather and restricted visibility
  • Emergency and distress situations
  • ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Prep. Victualling for a cruise and feeding at sea
  • Customs procedures
  • Standards of behaviour and courtesy Navigation
  • Charts, navigational publications and sources of navigational information
  • Chartwork, including position fixing and shaping course to allow for tidal stream and leeway
  • Tide and tidal stream calculations
  • Buoyage and visual aids to navigation
  • Instruments, including compasses, logs, echo sounders, radio navaids and chartwork instruments
  • Passage planning and navigational tactics
  • Pilotage techniques
  • Navigational records
  • Limits of navigational accuracy and margins of safety
  • Lee shore dangers
  • Use of Radar and electronic navigation aids for passage planning and passage navigation
  • Use of waypoints and electronic routing Meteorology
  • Definition of terms
  • Sources of weather forecasts
  • Weather systems and local weather effects
  • Interpretation of weather forecasts, barometric trends and visible phenomena
  • Ability to make passage planning decisions based on forecast information Signals

Course programme

  • Exam Type: Practical may have theory assessment.
  • Required Experience: A restricted (VHF only) Radio Operators Certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certificate or higher grade of marine radio certificate. A valid first aid certificate. 50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. At least half this mileage and passages must be in tidal waters. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
  • Assumed Knowledge: Navigation, Meteorology, Collision Regulations, Safety and Passage Planning up to Yachtmaster and above standard
  • Exam Content: Navigation, Meteorology, Collision Regulations, Safety and Passage Planning up to Yachtmaster and above standard.
  • Ability After Course: ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Power. Skipper boats up to 200 tonne or 80 foot.
  • Minimum Duration: 8-12 hours for 1 candidate, 10-18 hours for 2 candidates. No more than two candidates can be examined in 24 hours. day and night.