The international course syllabus is completely professional; not only
does it adhere to the STCW code in full but also takes into account the
current working practices found on the super yachts. All the subjects
are covered in-depth and many to OOW level and beyond. The maximum
class size is 7 persons.
International Col Regs:
The principals & objectives.
Full definition & know1edge rules 1-19.
In-depth knowledge rules 20-37.
Applying the rules to watchkeeping.
Problems associated with the rules.
Close-qrtrs collision avoidance techniques.
Night recognition techniques.
Fundamental legal concepts & aspects.
Plottng skills & symbols.
Nav table working practices.
Official ships log book & nav workings.
Chart projections & scales.
Chart publishers & updates.
ECS, ECDIS, rastrar & vector plotters.
DR, EP, LOP.
Types of fixes & course tracks.
Set & drift calculations.
Emergency navigation techniques.
Navigation & Pilotage:
Intergrated navigation systems.
Magnetic variation, global & local.
Magnetic deviation effects.
Types of compasses, installations & usage.
Types of sighting/bearing compasses.
Gyro heading errores.
GPS/Satellite heading & Satellite compass.
Progress assessment & monitoring.
Types of sector lights & range transits.
The principal elements.
Worls's air circulation, cells & trade winds.
The polar fronts & convergence zones.
Coriolis force rules & their application.
Buys Ballot's cross-winds rules.
Types of air masses, cyclonic/anti-cyclonic.
Types of fog, their developments & dispersal.
MSI, Safety Net & forecasts.
Weather maps & symbols.
Land & sea breezes.
Cloud types & altitude levels.
Beaufort scale, area & height influences.
Snow, ice crystals & lightening effects.
Coastal wind effects.
Formation & elements of TRS.
Full TRS. seasons & historical tracks.
TRS avoidance tactics.
Tides & Currents:
Principles of tides & currents.
Tidal heights & reference levels.
Pre-formatted tidal curves.
British tidal system.
American tidal system.
Ratio tidal height tables & curves.
Keel clearance problems.
Types of currents & streams.
Tidal waves, gravitational & natural forces.
Headland & bay effects.
Height clearance problems.
Bridge clearance techniques.
Current/stream atlases, tables & plots.
Law of flotation.
Buoyance versus gravity principles.
Stiff/tender vessels & state of equilibrium.
Free surface effects.
Stress, squat, hog & sag factors.
Basic ships construction terminology.
Long & short fetch waves, tactics/turn points.
Radar pulse controls.
Radar echo filters.
Types of Radar.
SHM & settings.
TM versus RM.
VRM & usage.
EBL & usage.
Basic Radar plotting.
|Master 200GT Limited (Offshore)
Mate 500GT (Watchkeeper)
Flag recognitions are currently in process.
Price: 1385,- € + 150,- € exam fees.
Course length: 10 days (+1-2 days for exams).
Total lecture/teaching time: 80 hours approx.
Course location: Antibes (South of France).
Price includes: course materials, exams fees & certification fees, soft drinks.
Price excludes: course book, accommodation, personal travel costs, meals, requested shipment for course notes & certificates, admin fees.
The HMA Master 200GT/Mate 500GT theory course has gained a significant
reputation with professional crew that are looking to be a 1st drive
captain of yachts up to 34 mtrs approx or a 1st/2nd Mate of yachts up
to 45 mtrs approx.
The modern course content with its international syllabus is taught in
a progressive teaching style, that adapts to each students academic
abilities, their backgrounds and their experience.
Each student is taught at their own learning pace. No matter the
academic level you have, the teaching and course adapt to you in the
same way as if you went to do a course at a business school; the
teachers will not only teach you but also give you unbiased qualified
advice as consultants.
The course is based upon the MCA Master(Y) 200GT STCW coded certification however the course syllabus has been
considerably extended by ourselves to reflect the working practices an
demands made upon crew on superyachts of between 18mtrs to 40mtrs.
The syllabus is international and adheres to the STCW convention.
This theory course is aimed at crew with experience, not neccessarily
on the superyachts, and who are looking to obtain their first captains
job or step-up into a Mates position on the larger yachts.
The principal objective of the course is to fill-in missing gaps in
each student's knowledge and to build upon their existing knowledge. In
many subjects, the course will take you up to OOW or Master 500 level;
this is to help you in the future. It's always better to do the ground
work now than struggle later when you go up to OOW and beyond.
Collision Regulations Exam.
Navigation & Chartwork exam.
Tides & Currents Exam.
Business & Law Exam.
We need to see you CV beforehand, both yachting and non-yachting. You
have to show a minimum of 3000Nm of sea-time, and 60 days at sea. This
has to be done on vessels of more than 17mtrs length. Preferably, with
some professional yachting experience even if its just for a few weeks
helping out as crew. Alternatively, if you have sea-time from the
military navy or merchant navy, this can be transferred over.
In all cases, we require two proofs of sea-time; some type of personal
official log book as well as letters of testimonial confirming the
official log book. We will help you with this so don't worry.
In addition, you need to hold the following certifications:
1. STCW Basic Safdety Training (all 4 modules).
2. Seaman's medical certificate eg. MCA ENG 1 or equiv.
3. Business & Law Level I Master 200GT/Mate 500GT.
Is this the same course as the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore?
No not at all.
Firstly, the course syllabus of the RYA Yachtmaster is from the
recreational yachting side; and follows the ideas & practices of
The HMA course syllabus is international and follows the
professional working practices & legal requirements for
Is it commercially endorsed?
This is a professional course & certification. The RYA Yachtmaster has a commercial endorsement to it
because it is a recreational qualification that can be used commercially.
Is it recognized by the MCA?
We are in the process of application for recogitions from various flag states, please consult with us for an update.
Why is the HMA Master 200GT/Mate 500GT course so much longer and more difficult than the
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore?
The main reason is that the Master 200GT/Mate 500GT is a professional course
& certification. The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore is a recreational
course & qualification that can have a commercial endorsement to it.
The other reasons are that the HMA Master 200GT/Mate 500GT course has to
adhere to the STCW convention (that lays down the required study time
and content), enabling it to gain worldwide recognition with the other
My English level is not that good?
Under the IMO, it says that you must have a good working knowledge of
maritime English. This is different to academic English. We are use to
working with all different nationalities and we do make allowances for
language problems & help as much as we can.
Everybody tells me to do the RYA Yachtmaster, they say it's easier & less time than
the Master 200GT. Why then do this course?
The RYA Yachtmaster syllabus has a recreational syllabus that focuses
upon 10-15mtr yachts. The OOW syllabus is a merchant navy syllabus.
It's like learning to play the piano but you are going to be playing
the guitar. Both are music, better to learn to play the guitar from the
The HMA Master 200GT/Mate 500 Tons course syllabus is a mixture between
military navy practices, merchant navy practices and recreational
practices; and that is what essentially professional yachting is all
What about the examinations?
There are 5 theory exams; the exams do not have to be done during the course: After finishing each course module,
you can choose when you wish to do the exams.
This is a great way of doing it. you do the exam when you feel
confident in the subject; what's more we would prefer you to learn the
subject for your work than learn just to pass an exam.
The examination processes are strictly controlled through our own quality management system.
What happens if I have problems with the theory exams?
There is no problem as far as we are concerned, we don't care if it
takes us 20 days or 6 months to get you through the course/exams.
The most important thing is that you understand what you are doing and
you have the confidence on the boat to do the job that you have been
employed to do.
You can do the exams up to 2x or 3x (depending on the exam) before
having to re-sit the particular course module once again. Wherever
possible, we try to give personal tuition when time permits. All this
is free of charge (except for any extra exam fees).