General Ship Knowledge (OOW Yachts)

General Ship Knowledge (OOW Yachts)

If you’re working towards your OOW (Yachts) certification, you will be required to complete this MCA-approved module. This course will help you develop an in-depth knowledge of on-board systems.

About the course

The General Ship Knowledge (OOW Yachts) course provides an introduction to ship construction, stresses and corrosion, transverse stability, reverse buoyancy and damage control, meteorology and seamanship, watchkeeping, preparation for sea, and maintenance.

General Ship Knowledge (OOW Yachts) course can also be taken as a live online course, please see further details below.


5 days

What’s included?

The classroom based General Ship Knowledge (OOW Yacht) course is an all-inclusive course, which can be carried out on either a residential or non-residential basis. For the residential course, the cost includes all food and accommodation. For non-residential learners, the cost includes lunch.

Examination & assessment

General Ship Knowledge (GSK) course assessment consists of a 2.5 hour theory paper. A 60% mark is required to pass the examination.

Live Online Learning course available

The General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) course is also available as a LIVE online learning course delivered by UKSA’s dedicated instructors. We’ve liaised with the MCA in order to offer a variety of LIVE online courses to enable our students to progress in their maritime training. This technical innovation gives you the advantage of being able to study LIVE with our professional instructors in real-time in the safety of your home or vessel; without the need to travel*. Real-time learning sessions are held over the voice and video platform, Zoom and can be completed from home using a WiFi enabled laptop or home PC**.

The course will be run over 5 days (Monday to Friday) via zoom with one of UKSA’s expert instructors. Your live online lectures will be recorded and available for you to review after class and you will also be provided with additional resources not usually available to students, such as your PowerPoint slides.

*You will still be required to sit an IAMI examination, this can be sat at UKSA on the second Friday of the course. If you would like to sit the exam at UKSA there is an additional exam fee of £150.00. Alternatively the IAMI exam can also be taken at any IAMI exam centre.

**Please follow the links below for system requirements to run Zoom on a laptop or PC.



To complete this training course, you’ll need:
  • At least RYA/IYT Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate, as well as the corresponding Shorebased certificate
  • STCW Basic Training and Efficient Deck Hand


The course is divided into four sections and 20 topics:
  • Section 1: Ship Construction
  • Section 2: Stability
  • Section 3: Meteorology
  • Section 4: Seamanship

For more information, please click here*

(*The link will open a PDF document. Relevant information can be found on page 17)

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 15/11/2021 19/11/2021 Full Full
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 13/12/2021 17/12/2021 £1,100 £1,220
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 24/01/2022 28/01/2022 £1,100 £1,220
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 14/02/2022 18/02/2022 £1,100 £1,260
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 04/04/2022 08/04/2022 £1,100 £1,260

Don’t just take our word for it

Oliver – UKSA General Ship Knowledge (OOW Yachts) student

“I recently attended both the GSK and Nav Radar course online with Ross. I thought the course was very well run and a great effort was made to accommodate the restrictions made with it not being in person. Ross was very helpful, and made himself available in the evenings and at the weekend if help was required.”

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