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Syllabus for small craft operators
This syllabus will replace the former document which became valid in March 1997. Since then, a number of changes have occurred effecting the various definitions and requirements, a great deal of knowledge and experience has been accumulated concerning the various methods of theoretical and practical examinations, which called for a renewed assessment and updating of the existing material.

It is our intention to include all relevant matters concerning the various authorizations of small craft operators in this document, starting with the definitions of the various craft, the basics requirements of the applicants for an operator’s certificate and the knowledge required to obtain such a certificate, including the examination methods.

The knowledge required in this document is a foundation on which the operator has to augment his basic knowledge. Taking part in a study course or passing an examination is no alternative to a very thorough knowledge of the vessel and it’s equipment by the operator and a constant updating process of the equipment he carries on it.

In addition to the various regulations concerning the operating of a vessel, the main basic obligations of the operator are as follows:
  1. His obligation to ascertain the vessel’s seaworthiness before a voyage (of any length).
  2. His predominant responsibility to the safety of his crew and passengers.
  3. The constant alertness and necessary look-out while at sea.
  4. The primary duty of rendering assistance to saving lives.
  5. The frequent inspections and check-ups of his vessel while at sea.

This document will become valid on the 1st of July 2001, replacing the former syllabus published in March 1997.


  1. The Syllabus is a list of subjects which the examinee is required to master in order to obtain his authorization certificate.
  2. In subjects where “proficiency” is required, this means a thorough knowledge of the material concerning this subject, including related calculations, various uses, advantages and disadvantages.
  3. In subjects where “familiarity” is required, this means a general knowledge of the subject, advantages and disadvantages.
  4. The preparatory studies for the examinations can be carried out by the candidate in his home, and he is not obligated to study within the framework of a Sailing School. The exception to this rule are the following subjects, where the candidate is required to pass a course and to produce a confirmation of having passed the course and it’s final examination, issued by the body which has taught the course:
    • Resuscitation and First Aid - the course will be taught and the confirming certificate will be issued by Magen David Adom or by another authorized body.
    • Survival and Life saving - the course will be taught and the certificate issued by the Marine Training Authority on board the M/V “Dado”.
    • Fire Fighting - the course will be taught and the certificate issued by the Marine Training Authority on board the M/V "Dado".
    • A radio-operators certificate, restricted to VHF with a link to GMDSS , will be given by the Ministry of Communication.
  5. A candidate will have to have passed all the theoretical examinations before his practical examination.
  6. During the practical examination, the examinee will be required to prove his proficiency in all the subjects of the theoretical examinations he has already passed.
  7. The candidate will be given two years to complete all his examinations. This period will begin with the first exam he takes part in. At the end of this period a candidate who has not completed his examinations and other obligations - will be required to start anew, including the filling out of forms, supplying passport-photos and passing his medical tests.

The SPA will not send candidates a reminder at the end of this period !

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 October 2010 17:41