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International Yacht Training – Maritime Dive Boat Crew and Operator/Captain Courses

PADI Approved ‘International Yacht Training’ Diveboat Courses

International Yacht Training Worldwide (IYT WW) in cooperation with the PADI dive training agency is pleased to introduce the new Dive Boat Crew and Operator/Captains programs – professionally recognized boating qualifications specifically targeted to meet the needs of the scuba diving industry and to develop PADI professionals maritime knowledge and skills including practical boat driving experience. The Dive Boat Crew courses were introduced due to demand from the diving industry and cover components relating to health, safety, engineering, legal and competency aspects that are required to safely operate such a boat.

These programs incorporate everything that a dive boat operator would be required to know from the moment the boat left the dock until its safe return to port and are an amazing compliment to our PADI Divemaster and Instructor training, and the courses, while dive boat specific, contain the necessary knowledge for operators to obtain various certificates of competency (COCs) issued by IYT Worldwide on behalf of the British Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA).

IYT/PADI Dive Boat Crew is conducted in conjunction with our PADI Divemaster and MSDT internships, and for already certified PADI Divemaster and Instructors can be offered as a stand alone program.  The training is offered all year round, with a start date of the first week of each month and e-learning is completed independently though supported with our Instructors remedial training.  The course allows our PADI pro’s to start logging sea time and once an individual has completed 180 days (4 hours = 1 day) of sea time, as dive boat crew, they are eligible to take the IYT Boat Operator/Captains course, which we also offer at Utila Dive Centre.

Utila Dive Centre is the perfect facility to gain this experience and training, with a fleet of 6 licensed vessels for carrying passengers and dive crew, and with our own on-site docking area, bay and harbour for practice maneuvers, and dive trips scheduled every day to dive sites with mooring posts, and with drift dives, this is the perfect facility and location to gain experience and a maritime certification.

International Yacht Training courses IYT dive boat crew certification

IYT/PADI Dive Boat Crew (Boat Operations Specialist)

 This program incorporates everything that a dive boat operator would be required to know from the moment the boat left the dock until its safe return to port and is an amazing compliment to our PADI Divemaster and Instructor courses, and the course while dive boat specific, contains the necessary knowledge for operators to obtain various certificates of competency (COCs) issued by IYT Worldwide on behalf of the British Maritime and Coast guard Agency (MCA). The MCA boating qualifications are the most internationally recognized qualifications in the world and have, over the past ten years become the de facto world standards.

Upon completion of the IYT Dive Boat Crew course and individual would have earned MCA certificates in;

  • VHF radio operator (MCA compliant/recognized)
  • Powerboat/RIB Master (MCA compliant/recognized)
  • Yacht Deck Crew (MCA compliant/recognized)
  • IYT Dive Boat Crew certification
  • PADI DiveBoat Operations Specialist (Distinctive)

A component of basic ‘General Engineering Knowledge’ (GEK) will also be completed.

 The IYT/PADI Dive Boat Crew, also known in the industry as the ‘Boat Operations Specialist’, is offered each month at Utila Dive Centre and for candidates on our PADI Divemaster course, or also as a stand alone program. The majority of our candidates qualify to take the IYT Dive Boat Crew program during the same time as their Divemaster course, and we encourage and highly recommend e-learning prior to arriving on Utila. Candidates will learn a very broad range of maritime and nautical theory and motor skills including driving boats, which serve as a foundation to gain further experience and sea time under the direct supervision of a licensed Captain and work towards earning a Operator/Captains license.

Diveboat Crew:

Entry level requirements: PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent)

Capabilities: Crew on board a dive vessel. Captain a dive vessel under the supervision of a Diveboat Operator/Captain or higher certified captain.

Course components:

1) General engineering overview

2) VHF radio operations

3) IYT powerboat coastal skipper/ ICC <10m Power (4-5 sessions of driving boats under direct supervision, including skills circuit)

4) Diveboat safety & operations (DOS) PADI approved with topics covering;

 The IYT/PADI Diveboat Crew is the ideal program for the entry level mariner and PADI  Divemaster and Instructor. This certification allows the holder to crew on board a dive vessel and gain sea time and training as captain under the supervision of a Diveboat Operator/Captain or higher, and we integrate this training with our PADI Divemaster course (and for already certified Instructors during our MSDT internships) and this can be completed during the 4 week program.

All candidates complete the IYT Dive Boat Crew e-learning prior to starting the course, and receive additional class sessions at Utila Dive Centre and workshops, and during the course practical boat driving exercises are conducted under the direct supervision of our Captains, including mooring/docking. This program is valuable for anyone wishing to work on dive vessels, super yachts, live-aboards and the student who completes this certification will also receive the MCA (British Maritime & Coastguard association) small Powerboat/RIB Master which certifies them to run tenders globally.

International Yacht Training Boat Operator/Captains License

 Earning a Captains license is a great achievement for dive professionals, and is the beginning of a second career and professional qualification and enhances a dive professionals employability.  The IYT/PADI Diveboat Captain/Operator Certificate is the command rating for a IYT Diveboat Crew who has completed the necessary seatime and experience of 180 days at sea (1 day = 4 hour boat trip), however for individuals who do not have the formal IYT Dive Boat Crew certification, but can have a Captain/Boat owner verify 180 days as professional crew, then they can still enter the Operator/Captain course based on experience. The syllabus expands on the depth of knowledge presented in the Dive Boat Crew program and is equivalent to what others in the industry call ‘Yachtmaster’, once the candidate has also completed the STCW95 course then the Operator/Captain converts to a Masters 80 tonne.

Entry level requirements:

Diveboat Crew (or equivalent of 180 days sea time, 1 day = 4 hour boat trip)

200 nautical miles as crew and relief captain under the supervision of a Diveboat Operator or Diveboat Master Captain (approx 180 days at sea)

Capabilities: Command of a vessel and crew up to 80ft/24m up to 20 miles offshore

Course components:

1) IYT Powerboat Master Coastal

2) ICC <24m/80ft Powerboat Coastal

3) DOS – Diveboat Safety & Operations (if entering program as an experienced operator)

Experienced Diveboat Operators who have not acquired a recognized nautical credential or have a non-IYT certificate can enter this course provided they have proof of adequate seatime and experience.

The MCA boating qualifications are the most internationally recognized qualifications in the world and have, over the past ten years become the de facto world standards. N. B. These courses are by no means meant to replace any certification or licensing that may be required (by law) in the various flag state maritime jurisdictions worldwide.

 Utila Dive Centre is the perfect facility to gain your Operator/Captain license, with a fleet of 6 licensed vessels for carrying passengers and dive crew, and with our own on-site docking area, bay and harbour for practice maneuvers, and dive trips scheduled every day to dive sites with mooring posts, and with drift dives, this is the perfect facility and location to gain experience and a maritime certification.

The MCA boating qualifications are the most internationally recognized qualifications in the world and have, over the past ten years become the de facto world standards. N. B. These courses are by no means meant to replace any certification or licensing that may be required (by law) in the various flag state maritime jurisdictions worldwide.

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We encourage early enrollment on these programs as we just have 4 places each month for both the IYT Dive Boat Crew course and IYT Operator/Captain course.  Please contact us on info@goproutila.com for course dates, prices and scheduling.

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