Tests and Examinations

We run exam preparation courses for all levels of examination all year round. Please discuss your needs with us before applying for an exam, it could save you money as well as embarrassment.

Euro Legislation

Euro Legislation is making it necessary for some form of qualification to be obtained before you can sail in foreign waters. We recommend you check the latest requirements from the foreign governments before taking a yacht abroad.

(ICC) International Certificate of Competence

The ICC is issued for different areas of usage such as inland or coastal and for different craft types sail or power. If a RYA practical course completion certificate is held, issue of an ICC can be achieved without further assessment. Alternatively we can arrange a written/practical test (which can take up to 5 hours) on one of our boats or on your own boat. CEVNI tests (the endorsement for canals) can be taken in our office by appointment, the fee is a £10 donation to the RNLI . You need to study it yourself first. It can all be done on line as well. Call or email us to arrange it.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 and Advanced Powerboat

These certificates may now be used as formal qualifications by commercial operators. Level 2 exams are carried out by our own qualified staff in the same way as ICC tests, Advanced exams are subject to a fee payable to the RYA examiner.

Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Coastal

The examinations for these certificates are carried out by an external RYA examiner. They may be done on any suitable vessel by appointment. The exams can take as much as 12 hours for 1 candidate. Note that half of the qualifying miles for RYA/DOT certificates must be in Tidal waters.

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean

The Ocean exam is an oral and written test and inspection of previously taken sights. Holders of the Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Certificate are exempt from the written paper.

Conversion Exams

Sail to Power or Power to Sail: You need 50% of the qualifying miles and experience. The exam takes 3 to 4 hours and covers mostly the obvious areas of difference between the disciplines.

We hope that you can find the information you require on these pages, if you have any further questions, or require advice, please call us.