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Over 12 years old


2 to 12 years old


0 to 23 months old




  1. Knows responsibility for keeping a proper lookout
  2. Can determine a ‘safe speed’
  3. Can recognise a potential collision situation
  4. Can identify ‘give way’ vessel in a collision situation
  5. Knows what action to take as ‘give way’ and ‘stand on’ vessel
  6. Knows responsibilities of a small vessel in a narrow channel
  7. Can recognise manoeuvring signals (1.2.3 & 5 short blasts)
  8. Can make and recognise visual distress signals


1. Is able to use and instruct crew on the use of: 

2. Can prepare a boat for use;



  1. Knows rules relating to Traffic Separation Schemes
  2. Knows requirements for navigation lights and shapes to be displayed by own vessel
  3. Can recognise the following from the lights: Power driven, sailing vessel, vessel at anchor, tug and tow, fishing vessel, dredger
  4. Knows sound signal to be made by vessels as in Q3

Navigation (Chart & Plotting Instruments required)

  1. Can interpret a navigational chart, understand significance of charted depths and drying heights and can identify charted hazards
  2. Can plot position by cross bearings and by latitude / longitude 
  3. Can determine magnetic course to steer, making allowances for leeway and tidal stream
  4. Can use a tide table to find times and heights of high and low water at a standard port
  5. Can determine direction and rate of tidal stream from a tidal stream atlas or tidal diamonds on a chart 
  6. Understands basic use of GPS


  1. Can recognise, by day and night, and understand significance of buoys of the IALA system 
  2. Knows sources of information on: local regulations, port entry and departure signals, VTS and Port Operations Radio 
  3. Can plan a harbour entry/departure, taking account of possible presence of large vessels and avoiding navigational hazards.


Man overboard procedure 

1. Start

2. Depart from Pontoon

3. 360° Turn in Confined Space

4. Securing to Buoy

5. Man Overboard

6a. Planning Speed Manoeuvres (if appropriate) 

6b. Handling Under Sail (if appropriate)

7. Coming Alongside Windward Pontoon

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