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Seafish Bridge Watchkeeping (5-day course)

This course is for skippers of vessels less than 16.5m. The course forms part of the Seafish Under 16.5m Skippers Certificate.

The Seafish 5-day Navigation and Watchkeeping course is intended for anyone taking a navigational watch and skippers of vessels less than 16.5m operating beyond 20 nautical miles from a safe haven.

Course Certification and Compliance

Our course is fully approved by Seafish

Entry Requirements

Please ensure that you meet the Pre-Course requirements of 18 months experience in the industry.  Candidates should familiarise themselves with the use of navigational aids and particularly paper charts before attending the course.

Course Content

To provide the skills associated with keeping a safe navigational watch.

  • Principles of watchkeeping
  • “Rules of the Road” – International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Principles of safe navigation
  • Uses and limitations of electronic navigational aids
  • IALA buoyage system
  • Lights, shapes and sounds in navigation
  • Vessel emergency procedures

Examination Type

On-going practical assessment

On day 5 there is a test which is both multiple choice and short answer questions and a Chartwork Assessment