From the 31 December 2013 EDH will be a requirement for the issue of an OOW (Yacht
less than 3000 GT) CoC. The EDH certificate covers good basic seamanship practice and
the Code of Safe Working Practice for the Merchant Navy.
Note: EDH will not be required for revalidation purposes.
3.2 The requirements for EDH have been amended to allow a more flexible approach for the
yacht, workboat and fishing industry. The following certification and experience will permit
entry on to an EDH course and examination.
a) MCA accepted Yachtmaster Offshore certificates and shorebased course;
b) Yacht rating with at least 6 months sea service and a steering certificate or NWR
c) Fishing Class 2 CoC or the Seafish 5 day watchkeeping course for under 16.5m fishing
d) BML Tier 1 level 2 certificates; or
e) Tug rating with at least 6 months sea time (which may be in categorised water) and a
steering certificate or a NWR certificate.
Note: before an EDH certificate can be issued a minimum of 6 month sea service in
vessels of more than 15m is required.