Tel.: +33 (0)4 93 34 09 67

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need STCW basic training to get a job on a yacht?

Yes, All (paid) crew working on commercially (but very often privately as well) registered vessels need the STCW basic safety training (in date) and a medical fitness certificate in the UK known as ENG1.

Do you have the address of an MCA qualified doctor for the ENG1?

There are 3 doctors in the South of France

Dr Jolanda Weerts
Vallis Bona
4D Place de la Vignasse
06560 Valbonne
Tel:+33(0)4 97 25 71 16

Dr Lefebvre
69 Boulevard Wilson
Juan Les Pins
Tel:+33 (0)4 92 93 07 70


Dr Patrick Ireland
1913 Route de Cannes
Tel:+33 (0)4 93 12 95 66


Dr B Lavagne
“Le Vendome” C
4 Chemin du Tanit
Juan Les Pins Antibes
Tel:+33 (0)4 93 67 03 07

Are the examination fees included in the course price?

For exams where the fee is paid directly to the examiner or exam authority the exam fee is not included to avoid the candidate paying an additional 20% VAT.

Do you provide accommodation?

No, but we can provide a list of crew accommodation in Antibes

How do I apply for a CEC?

STCW requires that each Administration shall establish measures to ensure that seafarers who present, for recognition, certificates issued under the provisions of regulation II/2, III/2 or III/3, have an appropriate knowledge of the maritime legislation of the Administration relevant to the functions they are permitted to conform.

We offer a course that deals with “United Kingdom Legal and Administrative Processes” in other words, the knowledge required by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for the recognition of STCW certificates issued by non-British authorities.

You need to make an application to the MCA, enclosing a testified copy of your French license, CGO, Passport and Marlins and Tose test of English (we can do all this in our office) Please note the MCA will need 4 weeks to process the paperwork and send your notice of assessment.

Once you have the notice of assessment you can apply to the Scottish Qualification Authority for an exam date for the written UKLAP exam, it is a good idea to ask for an exam date to coincide with the end of the exam preparation.

The costs involved are as follows:

D and B Services course and Marlins/TOSE test: 550€

MCA (£76) and SQA exam fee (£170)

Total approximately 850 €

Note: For a Cayman Island CeC the procedure is similar, but there is no course, just an exam in our premises

How do I revalidate my RYA Yachtmaster Commercial Endorsement?

Send the following items to RYA Certification, RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Hampshire SO31 4YA:

  • Your original certificate
  • Your Professional Practices and Responsibilities certificate (If you do not have this we can offer this online course for 50.00 euro)
  • ENG1 (or other accepted) medical fitness certificate
  • A copy of your RYA Basic Sea Survival certificate ideally a STCW Personal Survival Techniques Certificate of Proficiency.
  • STCW Elementary first aid certificate
  • RYA SRC Certificate or other acceptable GMDSS Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate.
  • A passport sized photo with your name on the back
  • The fee

All the above information can be found on the RYA website:

What is the cancellation policy for courses booked with D and B Services?

If the student cancels the course for other reasons than health or work commitment (proof), the deposit will not be refundable unless a replacement is found / provided. Cancellation after the course started will not be accepted; the full fee remains payable. D and B Services is not responsible for any personal loss / damage caused to students who are advised to arrange her / his own insurance in this regard. In order to receive a course completion certificate the student must attend at least 80 % of the course.

What to expect for your Yachtmaster Practical exam

This practical help guide is written by Ian Jinks, RYA Examiner for Sail, Motor, Powerboat and Ocean
lecturer for DandB Crew Training.

Most students find any examination process stressful, and the Yachtmaster unfortunately is no exception. Stress can only be lessened if you are well prepared, and have some expectation of what will be required of you. Hopefully, this post will help with the latter!

As an RYA Examiner, my goal is to try to get the candidates to perform to their best ability during the exam, and I try to do this by communicating as effectively as possible. I will always strive to ensure that the student understands what I have requested, but if in any doubt, YOU must be clear on what has been asked. All examiners will be happy to repeat, or clarify what they need, but are not expecting to tell you how to do it!

I always start off each exam by ensuring that the examination forms are completed, photos ready, and you are ready to sit the exam. Examiners generally prefer well organised candidates who have got all of their documentation ready, all completed, rather than having to do it during the examiners time, hopefully you can read between the lines here!

My next point is to run through the Exam Report Form. I show all of my candidates, without fail, the report form. I do this to show the candidate what I have to complete after the exam, and I do this for two reasons:
1) I can show the areas that I must assess during the exam.
2) I can state that I have to write something positive into each of those boxes on the form, and nothing negative, in order for me to recommend you for a pass.

I normally leave the form for all to see during the exam, and most candidates are therefore fully capable of understanding how they are doing during the exam.

The exam report has 9 sections:


  • Preparation of boat and crew
  • Passage planning


  • Boat handling
  • Pilotage


  • Seamanship and boat handling
  • Navigation and chartwork


  • Meteorology

Yachtmaster Exam Report Form

The largest of these boxes, and ultimately the most important is the overall ability as skipper. The performance during the exam is an overall performance, and provided you do nothing dangerous in any of the others, a pass is still the likely outcome if you remain calm and in command. At the end of the day, is more important that you clearly communicate and make safe decisions, vs knowing every single word from the rule of the road.

Remember, help your Examiner out to give them something positive to say in each of the boxes. Something simple like using sound signals whilst going astern, or going around a blind bend in a marina show the Examiner you know IRPCS!! Simple win for you and the Examiner.

As an RYA Examiner, I often feel sorry for some of the schools and their instructors, who have to teach students who have made absolutely no effort to learn for themselves. After teaching Yachtmaster Preparation Courses for many years, my opening line as an instructor was:

“If your here to do your Yachtmaster, I am assuming you are already have that knowledge. This week, i will show you techniques that may be done during the exam with the examiner. I cannot teach you the whole Yachtmaster Syllabus in 5 days”
For those of you who are looking to attend a “prep” course shortly, you will be advised to revise the following thoroughly before attending the course:

  1. COLREGS – All lights and shapes as a minimum. All sound signals. Risk of Collison. Who gives way to who? Action to avoid collision. Most of this is just a memory test, and impossible for even the best instructor to stuff it in your brain in a few days!
  2. Buoyage – IALA A and B, all of it!
  3. Navigation – Be able to do a Course to Steer, and Estimated Position, and a Tidal Height for a Standard Port. (All of this to be at least day skipper standard, or you wont pass your YM with only 1 week prep)
  4. Metoerology – Know the basics

If you learn all of this stuff, either by doing extra courses before you arrive, or study at home or on your yacht, you will have a better chance of passing first time. Do not blame the school that they didn’t teach you it, as prospective Yachtmasters, you should already know it.

Finally, if you prepare yourself well, perform well and continue to study during your prep course, your exam will be a much more enjoyable experience.

Your Examiner will normally be doing this because they enjoy getting out on the water, so think about the fact that you are taking them for a cruise, perhaps with their family, and do so safely.

STCW 2010 (Manila Amendments) - What is changing?

The STCW Convention 1978 has been amended by the 2010 Manila Amendments and contains new training requirements. Between 1 July 2013 and 1 January 2017 (as appropriate), all seafarers will be required to undertake additional training in compliance with these Manila Amendments and hold the requisite certification:

  • Officer of the Watch (Yachts, less than 3,000GT) candidates will be required to complete a five day Efficient Deck Hand course.
  • Officer of the Watch candidates (unlimited or yachts) will be required to complete a three day Human Element, Leadership and Management (Operational Level) course, if they are applying for their Certificate of Competency after 31 August 2013.
  • Chief Mate candidates (unlimited or yachts) will be required to complete a five day Human Element, Leadership and Management (Management Level) course, if they are applying for their Certificate of Competency after 31 August 2013.
  • All deck officers (including yachts) will need to undertake a five day generic Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) course before either applying for or revalidating their UK Certificate of Competency.
  • From 1 January 2014, mandatory security training is required for all crew (as appropriate), including Maritime Security Awareness, Security Familiarisation Training (conducted on board the vessel), Proficiency in Designated Security Duties and Proficiency as Ship Security Officer.