MCA Yacht Rating Certificate
The Yacht Rating Certificate is required by Superyacht crew members to be part of the safe manning requirements of the vessel. This course is well suited to beginners as it requires no qualifying experience.
A Course Completion Certificate is issued to successful candidates and, on application to the MCA, this leads to the issue of the MCA Yacht Rating Certificate after two months of sea service.
This 5-day Training Course Covers the Following Topics
Navigational Watch Duties
Life-Saving and Fire Fighting Equipment
Code of Safe Working Practices
Engine Watch Keeping Duties
Knots, Bends, and Hitches
Whipping and splicing
International Safe Management Code
Rules of the Road
Lights and IALA A and B Buoyage system
Advantages of gaining your MCA Yacht Rating Certificate are:
The certificate informs Captains that you have advanced deck skills
You can now be included in the yachts safe manning requirement
It shows that you are more responsible and can lead to higher salaries and also faster promotions
It is a good introduction for students that want to do the EDH (Efficient Deckhand)
The primary duties of a deckhand are shared between the maintenance of the yacht exterior and looking after the guests. Maintenance tasks include painting, filling and fairing as well as 1- and 2-part varnishing jobs, plus all other cleaning, polishing and scrubbing duties. Guest related tasks vary from tender driving, beach set ups, water sports, jet skis, anchoring or manoeuvring of the yacht.
To be successful in the super yacht industry it is essential you receive the correct training specific to the job your wish to apply for. Head over to our Super Yacht Deckhand page to view other recommended training courses.
If you are looking for work as a super yacht stewardess, head over to our Super Yacht Stewardess page to learn about our available courses. Our stewardess package focuses on all the skills required to be a super yacht stewardess and help you understand the high levels of service, professionalism and dedicated duty required for interior yacht crew. Be sure to impress your Chief Stew, Captain or crew agent on your first yacht charter when you demonstrate your competence in the relevant skill sets.
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Based in Cape Town South Africa, Get Onboard Superyacht Academy facilitates a variety of Superyacht specific courses including the STCW basic safety training. All of our course programs have been specifically designed across all four industry departments, Deck, Interior, Engineering & Chef. Our goal is to provide the most relevant and up to date course selection in order to help you find your ideal position and pave the way for you to work on a yacht.
In addition to our super yacht training courses, our yachting consulting agency provides the ultimate customer service by offering each of our students the opportunity to chat to someone who has actually experienced yacht crew life onboard. Starting out in your job hunt for work on luxury yachts can be really daunting – we know this from personal experience. It’s always nice to be able to speak to someone who has been there – we’d love to meet with you for a consultation.
In order to add further value, Our “Beginners Guide to Yachting” training e-book offers you a step by step guide on how to secure your first yachting job. From preparing your yachting CV, what to pack, up to date visa and travel information, day work and dock walking, safety equipment, we’ve covered it all. Get Onboard has partnered with various other industry professionals to assist our candidates with preparing their yachting CV’s, acquiring their Schengen and B1/B2 visas as well as flight bookings and crew house accommodation.