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OOW 3000t

The OOW modules provide an introduction into the world of radar, ship construction and stability, all types of radio, leadership and advanced sea survival.

Required training for OOW (Yachts) less than 3000gt:

  • General Ship Knowledge (GSK)
  • Navigation and Radar including ARPA (N&R)
  • Advanced Sea Survival
  • Human Elements of Leadership and Management at Operational level (HELM)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS)
Ancillary courses/certificates required:
  • MCA approved Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)
  • Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)
  • STCW Basic Safety Training
PYT offers the GSK, N&R, HELM and Advances Sea Survival as a package at both PYT Durban and PYT Cape venues. These modules run over a period of 5 weeks. Individual modules may be attended in order to suit individual time constraints.

GMDSS can be booked directly with SAMTRA in Simons Town or Unicorn Shipping in Durban.

It requires a lot of effort from you the candidate and when you are successful, a professional interview (MCA oral) will complete your OOW safari.

We will assist you in achieving these lofty goals through our lecturers experience, great learning facilities and a keen interest in your own personal achievements. WE are committed to helping you meet your expectations.

NOTE: All of the requirements for the issue of certificates of competence for the yachting code are contained in the MCA document MSN 1858 which is available on the MCA website.

A PYT course completion certificate is issued to all candidates after the successful completion of modules presented by ourselves.

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This module introduces the student to:

  • Compass Work
  • The Gyro Compass
  • Chart work
  • Chart Correcting
  • Notices to Mariners
  • Tides & Tidal Calculations
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Buoyage System
  • Navigation Aids
  • Radar & ARPA.

The module is delivered over a 15 day period.

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PSCRB (Restricted)

This module exposes the student to:

  • Emergencies & Emergency Drills.
  • Survival Craft.
  • Life Saving Appliances.
  • First Aid for Survivors.
  • Helicopter rescue.
  • Distress Signals & Communications.
  • Rescue Boats.
  • Practical Skills.
  • Case Studies.
  • Students will be instructed in the techniques & skills necessary to:
  • Take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat during & after launch.
  • Operate a survival craft engine.
  • Manage survivors & survival craft after abandoning ship.
  • Use locating devices, including communications & signalling apparatus & pyrotechnics.
  • Apply first aid to survivors.

The module is presented over a 3 day period.

Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other than fast rescue boats) (Restricted) issued under Regulation VI/2 of STCW 1978 as amended. This note also provides information regarding updating of Advanced Sea Survival and Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other than fast rescue boats) (Restricted) certificates.

 For further information please select the following link:

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This OOW module is divided into 5 sections:

  1. Ship Construction.
  2. Chemical & Galvanic Corrosion.
  3. Seaworthiness & Stability.
  4. Meteorology.
  5. Seamanship.

The course duration is 5 days or 30 hours of formal instruction.

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HELM (Operational level)

Please note that all HELM courses at PYT are cancelled until further notice.

This course is designed to meet the mandatory requirements for training in the human element, leadership and management at the operational level as set out in Regulations II and III of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW).

It provides students with awareness and understanding of the key human factors influencing effective resource management.

This module exposes the student to:

  • Situation and risk assessment
  • Situational awareness
  • Communication
  • Shipboard training
  • Culture
  • Team working
  • Leadership and management
  • Workload management
This module is presented over a 3 day period.

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As of February 2017, PYT will no longer offer GMDSS in conjunction with SAMSA service providers. Candidates can now book directly with the appropriate SAMSA accredited schools to complete the GMDSS course.

PYT can suggest the following service providers:

In Cape Town:
SAMTRA in Simons Town
Phone: +272178688400

In Durban:
Unicorn Shipping
Email: or
Phone: +27313027650

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