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Old 02-07-2012, 07:58   #1
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Hi all,

I have Danish Yachtskipper Grade 1 certificate. This is equivalent to the British RYA Yachtmaster Ocean. I have tried finding out what the american equivalent is but it is confusing.

Can anyone out there supply a list starting with the first sailing certificate and going on to whatever the American equivalent to Yachtmaster Ocean is?

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Re: American equivalents

In America, the US Coast Guard issues licenses for commercial use, ie carrying paying passengers for hire.

There is no USCG issued license for recreational boaters. Many US states have licensing requirements for recreational boaters, but there is no universal standard.

The USCG licenses go something like this:

OUIPV (operator of uninspected passenger vessel, commonly called a 6 pack as it is limited to 6 passengers)
50 ton master with or without sailing and oceans endorsement
100 ton master .....
And so forth

I suspect the Yachtskipper certificate is a recreational license and there is no US equivalent.

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RYA Yachtmaster Ocean is a 200 ton licence with no limit on the distance offshore i.e unrestricted. This can then be commercially endorsed if you want to take paying passengers (requires first aid certification, SOLAS training, Health check and, soon, a theory paper on duties and responsibilities of a commercial skipper.
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Re: American equivalents

The Yachtskipper grade 1 is a recreational exam. In Denmark you cannot get a commercial endorsement. You have to get what is known as a Coastal Skipper Certificate (meaning commercial). Which is strange considering that the Yachtmaster Grade 1 is the more difficult examination.

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The British RYA/MCA is a recreational certification, and a basic Day Skipper enables us to charter yachts in Europe (in those place which require certification).

The RYA Offshore Yachtmaster 'enables' us to take a yacht on an ocean passage. But remember, recreational certs are simply tangible evidence of experience, rather than a commercial qualification.

It seems that the ASA equivalent is ASA108 Offshore Passage making:
Advanced Sail Training Courses - Endorsements from American Sailing Association
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Re: American equivalents

Thank you Saucy,

I've looked at the ASA and agree that it seems to contain a lot of the theoretical knowledge the Yachtskipper 1 has. The Danish version spends a lot of time on meteorology (500 page text), and you are expected to know and be able to give detailed explanations of weather patterns, how cyclones start, hadley cells, ferrel cells, Rossen waves etc etc.

The Danish Maritime Authority equates it to the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean. I was curious as to the American version since I do talk to american sailors on occasion. I guess the easiest way is to just say it is the recreational equivalent of the American 200 Ton unrestricted license.
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Thank you Saucy,
The Danish version spends a lot of time on meteorology (500 page text), and you are expected to know and be able to give detailed explanations of weather patterns, how cyclones start, hadley cells, ferrel cells, Rossen waves etc etc.
See, I thought I was quite good at this stuff, compared to the average Joe Bloggs; but I've highlighted the weather stuff I can explain without using Google. Hm. There are serious gaps.
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Well, I've met the woman who wrote the text "Meteorology and Oceanology for Ships Officers". She's very nice, actually very good-looking also, and I hate her guts. I had to learn all that stuff - and I spent a lot of time doing it......The book is very well written but it is a college level text and it is tough. Just to make matters worse - she is not a meteorologist - she just wrote the book because it interests her.

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