Offshore Skipper


Experience required prior training:      28 days at sea as skipper or watch
                                                              leader in at least 2 voyages, at least in

                                                              two sea areas

Certification required prior training:    VHF (SRC) and First Aid Certificate

Minimum age required:                        18 years old

Suggested number of training hours:  40 hours

Examination:                                        6 hours, including 2 at darkeness

                                                             Maximum 3 candidates at a time

How to sibmit the application:             To authorized ISSA school only


Scope of required knowledge and skills


Yacht handling under Power

  1. Unberthing/berthing (longside and stern-to)
  2. Approaching a mooring buoy
  3. Weighing an anchor
  4. Recovery of Man Over Board
  5. Practical skills



Yacht handling under sail

  1. Tacking
  2. Gybing
  3. Recovery of Man Over Board
  4. Practical skills



Dead Reckoning Navigation

  1. Definition of DR navigation
  2. Running of DR and plotting of DR position
  3. Practical skills



Fixing lines

  1. Sources of fixing lines (leading lights, bearings, depth contour)
  2. Error analysis/ accuracy assessment
  3. Practical skills



Magnetic compass

  1. Consideration of variation. Change of variation in time and place
  2. Siting of compass and reasons for deviation (impact of electronic devices)
  3. Consideration of deviation
  4. Stationary and handbearing compasses
  5. Determination of deviation




  1. Reasons of Tides – Springs and Neaps
  2. Tidal Tables
  3. Tidal levels and chart datum
  4. Time and height of tide in standard ports
  5. Secondary ports
  6. Anomalies



Tidal currents

  1. Tidal current atlases
  2. Tidal current diamonds
  3. Information about tidal currents in navigation publications
  4. Consideration of tidal currents when calculating courses and passage planning
  5. Overfalls, tidal races



Buoys and Beacons

  1. Navigation signs in IALA A and B
  2. Limitation of navigational marks as navigational aid




  1. Characteristics
  2. Range – visual and nominal
  3. List of lights




  1. Harbour specific regulations and signalling systems
  2. Planning and strategy to enter/leave a harbour
  3. Pracatical skills to make a pilotage



Echo sounders

  1. Operation of manual echosounder
  2. Types of echosounders
  3. Limitations of echosounders
  4. Secondary echoes



Satellite systems

Basic knowledge of satellite systems, their abilities and limitations



Logs (measurement of speed and distance)

Different types and operation




  1. Logbook as an official document
  2. Running of a logbook




  1. Basic terms, Beaufort’s scale
  2. Air masses
  3. Types of clouds
  4. Characteristics of weather in specific pressure and front systems
  5. Sources of weather forecasts
  6. Ability to interpret weather forecasts/ charts, weatherfax
  7. Day/night breeze
  8. Fog
  9. Use of barometer




  1. Types of anchors and operation
  2. Selection of place to anchor



Collision Regulations

Good knowledge of International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea



Safety at sea

  1. Personal safety, use of lifejackets, harnesses, jackstays
  2. Fire prevention and fighting
  3. Distress signals
  4. Role of coastguard
  5. Preparation to heavy weather
  6. Liferafts and recovery by helicopter



International Signalling Code

Rules of application



Navigating in restricted visibility

  1. Restricted visibility procedures
  2. Limitations for safe navigation



Passage planning

  1. Preparation of charts and notes to plan a passage
  2. Standard actions when navigating in inshore waters
  3. Strategy to plan a passage
  4. Use of weather information In passage planning
  5. Sources of local and national regulations



Environment protection

Responsibility for environment pollution and sea environment protection


Cena kursu -  700,00 zł/150 eur *

udział w kursie jest związany z udziałem w rejsie/rejsach. Oferta i ceny rejsów

Cena certyfikatu - 400,00 zł 

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