Under 16.5m Skippers

boatThe Under 16.5m Skippers ticket can be undertaken after 18 months of proven Sea Time.  The ticket is made up of the following components: 

  • The 4 basic 1 day safety training courses
  • The 1 day Safety Awareness course
  • The 5 day or 2 day Watchkeeping course
  • The 2 day Basic Engineering course
  • The 1 day Intermediate Fishing Vessel Stability course
  • The Radio Operators Certificate

In respect to watchkeeping - the difference between the 5 day and 2 day watchkeeping courses, is that the 5 day course allows you to fish beyond 30nm from a safe haven; and take out up to 12 passengers to a maximum of 20nm from a safe haven. The 2 day course however only allows you to fish up to 30nm from a safe haven and carry up to 12 passengers out to a maximum of 3nm from a safe haven.

Please note: that the qualifications gained apply to the person and not the vessel - i.e. The vessel will have to meet other legal requirements.  More details can be found in MGN 411.

The courses below are designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to achieve the under 16.5m Skippers Ticket. Simply read through the materials provided and undertake the self assessments at the end of each section.  Once you happy you are able to achieve the required standard you should contact your local training provider to organise a final test for you. Remember you have open access to these courses and their associated learning resources for as long as you like; enhancing your ability to gain your skippers ticket.

If however you feel you already have a good working knowledge in these areas you can complete a final secure assessment via this website.  To do this first register on this site and then arrange with your nearest approved training provider for a final secure assessment.

Find your nearest approved training provider, by clicking here.

To find out about funding opportunities, please click here.