THE EXAMINATION PROCESS

THE EXAMINATION PROCESS

The examination process typically includes the following steps:
arrow An initial interview with the examiner who will want to hear about your sailing experience and look at your logbook. He or she may use the opportunity to talk you through the examination process and discuss arrangements. This is your opportunity to ask any questions about the exam process.
arrow A written navigation theory paper. If you can do the sample chartwork questions you should not have difficulty with the exam.
arrow A written Colregs paper which covers the International Regulations for the prevention of Collisions at Sea and IALA buoyage.
arrow A practical exam on a yacht. It is your responsibility to arrange the yacht and the crew. The examiner must focus entirely on the examination and so will not be available to act as crew.
arrow An oral exam. This is often combined with the practical exam.


However there are some differences. Specifically:
arrow For Inland Waters Skipper the chartwork and Colregs exam is combined into one paper.
arrow For Local Waters there is no chartwork paper. The focus here is on Colregs and practical night sailing. You will be asked to do a MOB after dark and a night entry.
arrow For Yachtmaster Offshore there is often no practical exam. All the practical examination issues were covered in Coastal Exam. However if the examiner has concerns about your sailing ability - based on your experience or oral - he will request a practical.
arrow For Yachtmaster Ocean there is no Colregs exam. The focus here is celestial navigation which is tested fully in the written exam. The practical exam will involve taking sights at sea.


The examination results:
If your examiner feels that you are generally competent but have shortcomings in particular areas you may be asked to prepare for re-examination on particular topics. At the end of the examination process, your examiner will recommend a pass or a fail to the senior examiner. The final decision is with the senior examiner who may ask to examine you personally.