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If you are working on a British flagged boat, the categorisation of waters and required certification below applies to you.

Please note: If your medical fitness certificate has a restriction you may not be able to hold a commercial endorsement. If you are considering a seagoing career the RYA and Maritime and Coastguard Agency strongly advise that you undergo a medical or sight test, which includes testing of colour and visual acuity, before starting training. Restrictions on a ENG1 certificate will prevent you gaining STCW qualifications for vessels greater than 24m in length.

RYA certificates can be commercially endorsed for the following areas of operation:

Category 0  Unrestricted (ie: worldwide)
Certificate required RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence

Category 1  Up to 150 miles from a safe haven
Certificate required RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence

Category 2  Up to 60 miles from a safe haven
Certificate required RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence

Category 3  Up to 20 miles from a safe haven
Certificate required RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence,
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence,
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence, or
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence

Category 4  Up to 20 miles from a safe haven, in favourable weather and daylight
Certificate required RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence,
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence,
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence, or
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence

Category 5 To sea, within 20 miles from a nominated departure point in favourable weather and daylight
Certificate required RYA Day Skipper practical and shorebased certificate,
RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence,
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence,
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence, or
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence

Category 6 

To sea, within 3 miles from a nominated departure point(S) and never more than 3 miles from land, in
favourable weather and daylight 

Certificate required RYA Powerboat Level 2,
RYA Day Skipper practical certificate,
RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence,
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence,
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence

Non British flagged vessels

If you are working on board a non-British boat, your RYA certificates are likely to be acceptable but you will need to comply with the rules of the flag state. Please contact the relevant maritime authority for full details of their requirements. 

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