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RYA yachtmaster vs USCG license Captain vs ICC

To open more opportunities, getting endorsement has become an important step to sail on OPB.

RYA wants sea miles but USCG wants days on the boat. It seems that RYA is a way to go at least for my case. But I have to fly to UK or AU to get the practical exam for Yachtmaster Ocean or off-shore. OK, it may be a good excuse to fly to UK for a week. . ICC comes automatically when you have the RYA Yachtmaster certificate.

Anyone know more about these things?


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Re: RYA yachtmaster vs USCG license Captain vs ICC

If you ever want to carry passengers in the US for hire. A USCG licence is the only one recognized.


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Re: RYA yachtmaster vs USCG license Captain vs ICC

I got my 50ton ticket...but never officially used it...jaja in ft.lauderdale at a well respected school

dont you have to be a uk citizen to get their version...likewise with other countries that offer?

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If you ever want to carry passengers in the US for hire. A USCG licence is the only one recognized.
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I got my 50ton ticket...but never officially used it...jaja in ft.lauderdale at a well respected school

dont you have to be a uk citizen to get their version...likewise with other countries that offer?
You don't need to be a UK or AU citizen. With ICC around, RYA becomes more acceptable outside the U.S. water.


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Re: RYA yachtmaster vs USCG license Captain vs ICC

cool I would go for rya then and I agree outside the us the uscg "ticket" is not very well respected or admired...

I think its very useful if you plan to charter and or carry passengers for hire again in us waters...

outside it simply depends on what country you are doing it in

also I got a bunch of ISAF certifications when I was training down here and those I hear are well respected worldwide...

pick your poison then!

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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.
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USCG 100 ton is not much - in fact it tends to create suspicion that person has no idea

The Yachtmaster ( if it is the one I am thinking about ) is a serious bit of tea. People who have earned know a lot
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Re: RYA yachtmaster vs USCG license Captain vs ICC

I hold a 100 ton license, and have no real familiarity with the RYA Yachtmaster requirements. So is is from general knowledge, not a deep understanding of the testing regime.

The USCG license requires 720 sea days, which typically requires quite a lot of sea time, and requires at least two years to qualify for. The flip side is any time on a boat qualifies, and there is no practical test. So the license itself makes no statement about someone's skill.

The RYA license however only requires 50 hours of sea time, so it's possible but not likely to get in a week. However the RYA license also requires a practical exam, so there is at least some guarantee of skill.

Which do I think of as being more impressive? Meh, I don't think much of either by themselves. Like most commercial companies and insurance companies I put a lot more stock in someone's resume than the license they have. At least when discussing entry level licenses like this.
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Re: RYA yachtmaster vs USCG license Captain vs ICC

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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