Accepted licenses

Below is a table outlining the licenses accepted to work for Quarterdeck.

Whilst we accept a few other internationally recognised sailing qualifications from experienced sailors, we prioritise applicants with RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualifications. Please note that you must hold a valid license at least 4 weeks before the Academy starts, we will conduct a qualification progress check.

Issuing Authority Licence

Royal Yachting Association preferred*

Yachtmaster Offshore

*RYA licenses are preferred due to the greater requirement for mileage demanded as well as more experience without an instructor on board.

Royal Yachting Association

Yachtmaster Coastal

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Master Class 5

Ministry of Transport

Boat Leader C

Danish Maritime Authority

Yachtskipper 3

Ministère de l'Écologie, de ‪l'Énergie, du Développement durable et de ‪l'Aménagement du territoire

Certificat niveau 5 FFV option habitable + Permis Côtier

Deutscher Segler-verband


Irish Sailing Association

ISA Yachtmaster Coastal

Uffici delle Capitanerie di porto

Patente Senza limiti

Direccion General de la Marina Mercante

Patron de embarcaciones de recreo

American Sailing Association

Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard (ASA 106)

US Coast Guard

Captains Licence – Master
Near Coastal of Inspected
Passenger Vessels Up to 100 Gross Ton

International yacht training (IYT)

Master of yachts coastal / mate 200 tons

Others may be accepted according to experience level. Please inquire at