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MCA Master 200GT / OOW 500GT

offered by supplier M17481 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Class Size: 3 - 7 people
Destination: Malta  
Category: Sport Camps
Specialty: Sailing  
Season: January - December
Courses Per Year: 5
Course Level: Advanced
Min Price: 950 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 950 Euro (EUR) per person

Master code vessels <200gt < 150 from safe haven). OOWYachts<500gt Limited 150nm from a safe haven.

Candidates should be in possession of:
- MCA recognised Yachtmaster theory certificate
- MCA recognised Yachtmaster Offshore certificate
- STCW 95 crew basic training certificates
- GMDSS Restricted Operators Certificate
- MCA oral exam.

Master (code vessels <200gt, Unlimited area) OOW (Yachts <500gt).
Candidates should be in possession of:
- MCA/RYA recognised Yachtmaster Ocean theory certificate.
- MCA/RYA recognised Yachtmaster Ocean certificate
- STCW 95 crew basic training certificates
- GMDSS General Operators Certificate (GOC)
- MCA oral exam.

A good knowledge of the relevant syllabus is highly recommended.
This point should be very clear with all who are attending the course at the time of their booking because, although the course comprehends some refreshing of the RYA Yachtmaster, in order to keep up with the pace of learning during the week, the students necessarily need to be up to a good standard of knowledge of the RYA Yachtmaster Syllabus, with particular attention to:
- Tides calculation and sources of information (almanacs, tidal stream atlas, tidal diamonds on charts )
- CTS and EP
- Correct methods of position fixing and good familiarity with chart work, as the examiner will prompt them to do some chart work during the exam.
- A thorough knowledge of the IRPCS.

Topics priorities: The course will cover all the topics of the program to provide comprehensive training, but clearly greater importance will be given to the topics which are, on one side, more important in order to pass the exam, on the other side are relevant to knowledge that actually candidates will use more often at sea. So the IRPCS are treated throughout the week, refreshed daily with a short test at the end of the second part of the morning and a test to do at home in the evening. We will not cover lights, fog signals, day shapes and other parts of the regulations where it's just a matter of pure memory and repetition normally to be studied at home. Explanations in class and test (multiple choice, a few questions, no more than 5 for the test in the morning, no more than 10 for the home work) will rather focus on the unusual cases and frequently asked questions that are made during the exams.

Other hot topics which will be given due consideration refresher are chart work , passage planning, radar and plotting, safety (LSA and FFA), emergency procedures. In theory Yachtmaster candidates should already know chart work but normally familiarity is lost with chart work due to the predominant use of electronic chart plotters onboard modern yachts.

Faculty Information:
The course is delivered by accredited instructors.

Other Activities:
Syllabus information:

Day 1: Introduction, personal and students presentation, course aims, course presentation (tools, instructor support, notebooks), course requirements (home work).

Passage planning: 4 stages, publications required, nav hazards, quick overview of appropriate methods of positions fix, examples.

Pubblications: requirements, practical examples and view of several pubblications.

Chart corrections: process explanation, sources of NMs, practical application and example on paper chart.

Compass revision: methods of correction and conversion, sources, practical examples, deviation card, use of transits, causes of V and D.

Start of tides revision and chart work: chart description and symbols (5011), use of almanac, tidal graph.

Day 2: More on tides revision, secondary ports, tidal streams, examples. Chart work, CTS,EP. Practical examples

Weather: sources, forecast interpretation, weather systems knowledge, TRS, use of meteo instruments onboard

Day 3: Watchkeeping principles, Bridge Procedures Guide, bridge equipment, standing orders and requirements for calling master, watch handover, anchor watches.

Stability and heavy weather prep: review of GZ curve, good and poor stability, list and loll, free surface effect, raising and lowering weights effect. Prep for heavy weather with due regard to stability, watertightness and hull integrity.

Bridge Procedures Guide and emergency procedures: introduction, examples of procedures, a look at the more important emergency procedures.

Day 4: Radar, technical explanation, limitations and pros compared to other electronic navaids, false echoes, settings and modes, plotting techniques, aspect, rule 19.

Pollution prevention and garbage management: MARPOL requirements, measures to be taken during bunkering, emergency responses in case of pollution accidents, garbage management.

Musters and drills requirements: time interval, emergency signals, examples of drills, assignments.

Day 5: Nav Systems limitations, ECS, AIS, other bridge equipment (Depth sounder, gyro, fluxgate).

Application of codes: LY2 and small comm. vessels explanation, safety requirements coming from codes, COSWP and "permit of work system".

Safe manning, hours of work, master's obligation, law of salvage. Basic understanding and intro to the sources for information, crew agreement requirements and MLC2006 seafearer's employment agreement, towing risks. Vessel preparation and manouvering, helm orders, failures
prep for getting underway, making harbour, anchoring, precautions when using deck equipment, reaction to steering failures.

Day 6: GMDSS, radio distress procedures, GMDSS review, radio procedures, distress emergency and safety messages, EPIRBS and SARTS, distress canceling procedures.

LSA and FFA: Quantity and types of Life Saving Appliances, use and care, equipment on liferaft, service requirements, HRU rigging (practical example). Fire prevention plans, reaction to different types of fire, different types of extinguishers, breathing apparatus use.

Survival at sea, search patterns: Basic principles of survival at sea, immediate action to be taken onboard a liferaft, hypothermia prevention, cold shock. Search patterns description and practical examples of use on a bridge.

Facility Information:
The course is held at M17481 premises in Birkirkara.

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