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OK to get OOW in four years, if navigating, not just cleaning

Within the megayacht community, there is active debate about young crew members ascending the ladder to a captain’s position with alacrity. Basically, a deckhand spends a couple of years as…

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Clarify the reality of life as crew to best manage job expectations

Every year many new crew enter the megayacht industry. After one year, only a small percentage remain. Why are so many gone so quickly? The simple answer is expectations. When…

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New deck crew build future course by course

The question we most often hear from people new to yachting is, “What training do I need?” The answer is rarely a simple one. Welcome to the yachting industry, where…

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Levels of security awareness mean training, certificates for some crew

Despite our efforts, the world is seemingly less safe, less secure. Hence, our land- and sea-based careers all mandate ever-increasing security training and awareness. This affects the maritime industry in…

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Large ticket doesn’t preclude need certificate to drive tender

The International Certificate of Competency (ICC), properly known as the International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft, has become the accepted qualification for pleasure craft operators in most European countries.…

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Crew to document five courses within five years for STCW

The Manila Amendments bring significant changes for all seafarers, specifically the requirement to update certain elements of the mandatory STCW Basic Safety Training. According to the IMO, and therefore the…

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Plan ahead to complete the Efficient Deck Hand for Officer of Watch

Now more than ever, you must plan ahead if your goal is to become an Officer of the Watch (OOW). Because of recent regulatory changes, Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) and…

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Knowledge, impression and preparation key to pass your MCA oral exam

Finally, the day has come. You are moments away from stepping into a room with an MCA examiner to take your officer of the watch (OOW), chief mate or master…

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Operators of today’s superyacht super tenders need training, too

Long gone are the days of running passengers back and forth to the yacht in a 10-foot Achilles tender coupled to a motor-steered 30hp outboard. Our larger and more powerful…

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Celestial navigation: Lost art or missing skill?

Every navigator knows where the yacht is leaving from and where it is going. It is the bit in between — figuring out where a vessel is in relation to…

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