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Master (Yachts) - Business & Law

About this course

Our yacht deck courses have achieved the highest pass rates in the industry for the last six years - 85% overall and 94% for Master (Yachts) modules.

This course starts with a basic introduction to civil and criminal law, negligence and duty of care. Other subject areas include an introduction to international law, safety management, certification, documentation, safety requirements and sea worthiness.

On completion delegates should have achieved the following objectives at a level of understanding necessary for and appropriate to the safe operational management of a large yacht:

  • state the basic principles of public international law of the sea
  • apply the major international shipping conventions to the operation of yachts
  • apply the United Kingdom merchant shipping regulations and employment law generally as it relates to the engagement, management and termination of crew contracts of employment
  • describe the legal responsibilities of the owner/master as they relate to the provision of a seaworthy vessel, including manning and watch keeping arrangements
  • state the statutory duties regarding saving life, in the event of collision, reporting accidents and dangers to navigation
  • state the responsibilities of the owner/master for the health and safety of all persons on board yachts
  • describe the law and practice of chartering, the basic principles of marine insurance and maritime salvage law as they relate to the safe operation of a yacht.

Course content

Legal framework

  • Legal framework
  • Arrival and departure
  • International law

Safety management

  • Safety certificate and documentation
  • Prevention of marine pollution
  • Statutory safety duties
  • Seaworthiness and safe manning
  • Security

Contracts and marine insurance

  • Contracts of salvage
  • Contracts of employment
  • Yacht charter agreements
  • Marine insurance

Course delivery location

This course is delivered from Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please refer to your joining instructions for information of where to report to when you arrive. 

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How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Monday 23 September 2019 Yes £1095 Book
Monday 11 November 2019 Yes £1095 Book
Monday 27 January 2020 Yes £1095 Book
Monday 9 March 2020 Yes £1095 Book
Monday 1 June 2020 Yes £1095 Book

Course information

Next available date

Monday 23 September 2019


5 days






Written 2.5 hour exam with a 60% pass mark.

Teaching methods

Self study and classroom based.