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Re: RYA yachtmaster vs USCG license Captain vs ICC

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dawg, you a citizen of the Federal Republic?

OK, then you go for the USCG certification.

You a Brit? Then you look up the RYA.

If life changes and you decide you want to sail in what's left of the Empire, by all means, go for the RYA as well. But first, try out for the home team.
HS, it is not because I don't want to get my 100 T USGC license. Getting the day counts on a boat is tough for me unless USCG will give me the credits sailing my Catalina 14.2. Just because someone lives on the boat for years, or someone works on a ship in the kitchen, they get more days than me. but I don't think they have more experience than me sailing the boat. I have met many 100T captains, I was not impressed to say the least.

Here is my thinking: I have more than 10,000 off shore miles, and it will qualify me for the RYA yachtmaster certificate. Although I need to pass two written exams and one practical exam on a vessel. Studying and taking exams are never a problem for me. Therefore, until I get my CG license, RYA certificate will provide me a temporary solution if my client wants credential now.

RYA certificate and ICC are accepted outside U.S, especially in China.


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Thanks for the clarification - the Yachtmaster I was thinking has a few hundred hours of practical requirements plus a minimum of a 2,000 mile blue water passage
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Can't you get the rya qualifications in some of the British islands in the Caribbean? Antigua or st Lucia?.
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No, I checked. There are RYA certified yachtmasters in there, but no qualified examiner there except in UK and AU.


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I think in order to get a yachtmaster you have to be a citizen or resident of the UK or one of the commonwealths.
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But I have to fly to UK or AU to get the practical exam for Yachtmaster Ocean or off-shore.
There is a company in Florida ( International Crew Training ) that lets you sit for Yachtmaster. You can even do their prep classes for USCG licenses and Yachtmaster at the same time.

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Re: RYA yachtmaster vs USCG license Captain vs ICC

I know plenty of people with USCG six-pack licenses that don't even know how to properly tie a boat to a slip. No doubt people often fake their way to that one. While I've heard of unimpressive 100T masters and recognize their would be a wide spectrum, of all that I know, they are each good seaman. It should not be discredited broadly.


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If you are eligible to take the test I would seriously consider taking an on the water prep course because their is a definite RYA method of doing things.
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No, I checked. There are RYA certified yachtmasters in there, but no qualified examiner there except in UK and AU.
The sailing school at English Harbour does the course and the examination for Yachtmaster offshore. I signed up for it, but then couldn't take part due to timing issues.

Internationally, the Yachtmaster ticket is pretty much the only one recognized so if you plan on doing work outside of the USA then that is the way to go. Note, too, that the mileage requirements are in tidal waters.
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