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

Our 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.

You’ll learn through both classroom-based teaching and practical sessions. Upon completion of the course, you’ll sit a 2.5-hour written exam, with a pass mark of 60%.


5 days

What’s included?

The General Ship Knowledge (GSK) 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

Our General Ship Knowledge (GSK) course is also available as a LIVE online learning course delivered by UKSA’s dedicated instructors. 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 (09:00 – 17:00) via zoom with one of UKSA’s expert instructors.

A General Ship Knowledge (GSK) course pack will be posted to you once you are registered on the course.

You will still be required to sit an IAMI examination, this can be sat at UKSA on the Friday of the course (GSK or second Friday Nav and Radar) there is an 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) 19/10/2020 23/10/2020 Full Full
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) Live Online Learning 19/10/2020 23/10/2020 £945
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 16/11/2020 20/11/2020 Full Full
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 14/12/2020 18/12/2020 Full Full
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 15/02/2021 19/02/2021 £1,095 £1,175
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 22/03/2021 26/03/2021 £1,095 £1,175
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 12/04/2021 16/04/2021 £1,095 £1,175
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 07/06/2021 11/06/2021 £1,095 £1,175
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 02/08/2021 06/08/2021 £1,095 £1,175
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 18/10/2021 22/10/2021 £1,095 £1,175
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 15/11/2021 19/11/2021 £1,095 £1,175
General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts) 13/12/2021 17/12/2021 £1,095 £1,175

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