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I know only the US system, where you need the government license to be legal carrying even one passenger-for-hire. Maybe other nations place more stock in private school certificates. ASA and USSA are prominent in the US, but have no official standing. As an instructor, you can have all the ASA teaching certificates there are, but can't lawfully take paying students out on an auxiliary sailboat. I can, and do sometimes
I scanned RYA, the summary for YachtMaster said they could take a novice to master in their four-month course?
Really? I don't doubt the instruction's excellent (from what I've heard of their reputation). But four months?
My 100-ton aux sail license took two years' time, plus an additional year of sail (if I recall correctly), to sit for the exam. Yours is a much bigger license, and deep-water to my near-coastal, and you've done a lot of teaching. But I think comparing Coast Guard licenses to the private certificates is a bit like apples to oranges.