MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A SUPERYACHT CAREER

If you intend to seek professional employment in the maritime industry you will need the applicable medical certification. A medical examination is a requirement to work in the maritime industry and on any Superyacht worldwide.

Whilst a medical certificate may not be required to complete entry level courses at Superyacht Crew Academy, a medical certificate is required to obtain employment. We do, however, recommend obtaining a medical or at least an eyesight and colour blindness check by a doctor or optometrist before seeking a maritime career, as vision impairments may affect employment opportunities. Some conditions, such as colour blindness, may enforce restrictions to obtaining a command certificate of competence and a commercial qualification. There are crew currently working in the industry who are colour vision defective, however their employment opportunities with vision impairments and restricted qualifications is limited and at the discretion of the yacht’s Captain, insurance & management company.

There are two types of medicals for the maritime industry:

ENG1 Medical

This is the most common medical certificate for the Superyacht industry and recommended by our academy. This MCA approved medical examination is valid for 2 years and can be obtained at any approved ENG1 medical center worldwide.

An MCA ENG1 medical is only recognized by foreign flagged vessels and is not accepted on Australian flagged vessels. Depending on your medical history this examination may take up to 1 hour and involves the following:

  • Brief medical history
  • Urine sample
  • Eye sight test (including colour blindness)
  • Hearing test
  • Vital sign assessment
  • Chest x-ray if applicable
  • After successfully completing the medical examination the doctor will then issue you the ENG 1
  • medical certificate on the same day.
It is recommended that you bring the following to youre medical examination
  • Photo ID
  • Previous medical certificate if applicable
  • Any medication you may take
  • Glasses or contact lenses if applicable

To find out more information and an approved ENG1 doctor visit the following website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/maritime-and-coastguard-agency

AMSA Certificate of Medical Fitness (Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

This AMSA medical is considered equivalent to the MCA ENG1 and is accepted on both foreign and Australian flagged vessels.

The AMSA Certificate of Medical Fitness can only be issued by an AMSA approved medical examiner. These examiners can be found by calling 1300 763 822, or emailing seafarermedicals@sonichealthplus.com.au

To find out more information please visit the following website:

www.amsa.gov.au/forms-and-publications/Publications/AMSA182.pdf

National Qualifications issued by AMSA including General Purpose Hand NC, Coxswain Grade 1 NC, Master <24m NC, Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 & 2 NC require two particular medical forms to be submitted to receive the final certificate of competency as outlined below:

  • AMSA self-declaration of medical fitness form (AMSA558)
  • AMSA eyesight test certificate, completed by a qualified medical practitioner or optometrist (AMSA542)

Please be advised this is not an acceptable form of a medical to work in the Superyacht industry overseas and is only required to achieve the above-mentioned qualifications for working in Australia.

To find out more information please visit the following website:

http://www.amsa.gov.au/domestic/domestic-quals/obtaining-qual/

Additional Information:

Deck officers need to be able to distinguish red, green and white navigation lights in order to be able to make correct decisions regarding the aspect of an approaching vessel, and regarding what action needs to be taken, if any, to avoid a collision. Confusion between such lights would lead to incorrect decisions being taken, with the potential for collision and resultant deaths, injuries and loss.

Ratings on lookout duty similarly need to be able to distinguish red, green and white navigation lights in order to provide correct advice to the officer of the watch.

Engineering officers and ratings on engine room duty need to be able to distinguish both warning lights (normally coloured red) from correct status lights (normally coloured white or green) and also need to be able to distinguish the colours of electrical wires when making connections.