Officer of the Watch (Yachts) - General Ship Knowledge

£1,195 GBP

Course Type:
STCW ➜ Officer of the Watch (Yachts) - Less than 3,000GT
Training School:
Warsash Maritime School
Southampton, United Kingdom
5 days

This MCA-accredited classroom-based course will provide you with practical understanding and knowledge for the safe day-to-day operation and good management of a large yacht.

The course introduces you to ship construction, stability, meteorology and seamanship, watchkeeping, preparation for sea and maintenance.

What you'll learn

Ship construction

  • Ship construction technology
  • Longitudinal, transverse and local stresses due to static and dynamic loading
  • Methods of yacht construction
  • Plans normally carried on board
  • The cause and prevention of corrosion
  • The functions of classification societies
  • Load lines, reserve buoyancy and methods of damage control
  • Bilge pumping systems


  • Basic principles of hydrostatics and related items
  • Initial stability


  • Global wind distribution
  • The causes of local winds
  • The effects of water vapour in the atmosphere
  • The practical use and care of common meteorological instruments
  • Frontal depressions
  • The sources of weather information available to ships


  • The responsibilities of the officer of the watch in relation to boarding a yacht
  • The precautions to be taken in preparing a vessel for sea
  • The Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers (CoSWP)

Notice of Eligibility (NoE) and oral exams guidance

When you have accrued sufficient sea time to sit an oral exam with the MCA, you are required to apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE).

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You are expected to hold at least an RYA/IYT Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competency and the corresponding shore-based certificate, plus STCW Basic Safety Training

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Warsash Maritime School

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East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN
United Kingdom

Tel: (+44) 02382013074
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