The full syllabus of Ocean/Astro is covered and a great emphasis is
placed upon understanding the theoretical principles and terminologies.
The 5 elements of navigation.
Distance and time problems.
Tiime and degree mathematics.
The Prime/Universal Meridian.
Time elements, UT, UTC, LMT, ZT, ST.
Solar and lunar time divisions.
Chronometer and deck watch errors.
The planets and the solar system.
The Celestial Sphere.
Types of sights.
Hour angles, GHA, LHA & SHA.
Sextant types and optics.
Index error adjustment.
Preparation for a sight.
Recording the sight.
Sun sight on the meridian.
Sun sight off the meridian.
Planet sight off meridian.
Moon sight off the meridian.
Polaris north star
Compass checks & azimuths.
Vertical Sextant Angle.
Types of Proformas.
Index Error and Dip.
Weight factors & distribution.
Refits & modifications.
Types of plotting sheets.
Fix assesment methods.
Types of charts.
Executing & monitoring the passage.
Making neccessary changes.
World's Oceans, Seas
The 5 oceans.
The seas of the world.
The principle currents.
The types of currents.
The trade winds.
The working principal.
The different operational systems.
The limitations/errors of the systems.
GMDSS, SAR & MSN:
RCC's & SAR areas.
MF & Reporting Stations.
Safety Net and MSI.
ISPS & Piracy:
Areas and situation reports.
Relevant publications & charts.
Preventive & counter measures.
Crew & shore security.
Research & types.
Historical information & tendencies.
Fully developed TRS
The different sections.
of Yachts 200Tons UnLimited (Ocean)
OOW Ocean/Astro Certification
Theory & Practical
by MCA, MI, USCG, NZCG,
€ + 350,- € exam
Course length: 8 days (+1-2 days for exams & sights).
Total lecture/teaching time: 56 hours approx.
Course location: Cannes (South France).
Price includes: course materials, exams fees & certification fees, soft drinks.
Price excludes: course book, accommodation, personal travel costs, meals, requested shipment for course notes & certificates, admin fees.
The HMA OOW Ocean/Astro course is based upon the excellent IYT
ocean/astro course. The course has been modernized, subjects have
been added and the course is taught using the latest teaching methods.
With it's progressive learning structure and pace learning style, the
course adapts to your very own academic ability.
The HMA Ocean/Astro is modern, progressive and is great for completing
the whole navigational picture from a professional stand-point.
The course is not just about using a sextant in an emergency such as a "dead-ship routine ".
One of the more important objectives of the course is to make the
connection between "astro navigation positioning" and "satellite
navigation positioning" making the course studies relevant to today's
navigational working practices.
All the theoretical principles, as well as all the terms used in
astro-navigation, and their relevance to modern day navigational
practices are covered in the syllabus.
Theory Exam; Astro Navigation.
Theory Exam; Ocean Theory.
Practical Test; Qualifying Sights.
Project/Thesis; Commercial Passage Plan.
Qualifying ocean passage of 600Nm or more, and one of the following certifcates;
Master of Yachts 200 Tons Limited.
Other "Maritime Administration" issued OOW qualification.
MCA Master(Y) 200Tons
Other "Maritime Administration" issued professional Master 200Tons qualification.
I hold an MCA OOW(Y) and I did an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, can I do this course?
Yes you can, your OOW qualification ranks higher than your RYA
Yachtmaster. Your OOW is also a Master(Y) 200Tons with a 150Nm
restriction from a safe haven; by obtaining this OOW Ocean/Astro
certifcate, this restriction will be lifted.
Is it recognized by the MCA?
Yes it is, fully recognized by the MCA, and many other flags as well; such as AMSA, USCG, Marshalls etc.
The RYA Yachtmaster is only recognized by the MCA.
Do I have to go out on a boat and take my qualifying sights?
There is no requirement to do so however you will be taking qualifying
sights during the course under test conditions; thereby savng you both
time and hassle.
Why is the course longer than the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean course?
The course has to meet minimum criteria to comply with the STCW code
and flag state requirements; such as a minimum amount of
classroom time and study time, as well as the course content has
to be to a specific depth of knowledge.
This course meets all these criteria enabling the certification to be
transferable between many maritime administrations in the future.
Is there an oral exam like the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean have?
No there is not. The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean is a recreational course
orientated around small yacht practices. The RYA Ocean oral is to
emphasis the need for competency at the recreational level for yachts
under 24 metres.
I hold an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and I really would like to do this course?
If you did your RYA Yachtmaster before August 2005, then it is
possible. We would need to see your CV and check your sea-time.
Another way to enter the course is to convert your RYA Yachtmaster
Offshore to an MCA Master(Y) 200 Tons or to any other similar
Why do I have to do an Ocean Passage Plan thesis/project?
The principle problems of commercial passage planning is to understand;
how to make an actual feasibility study or appraisal as it;s called;
where to find the information and its relevance; how to create a
workable format; and how to analyse if the plan is working or not.
Some of the course modules such as "Ocean Passage Planning For
Commercial Yachts" and "The Worlds Oceans, Seas & Currents" do
cover much of what has to be included in the plan. Additionally, after
the course we will give you help and guidance on how to put together