The Swedish Council for the Education and Training of Yachtsmen, NFB

The Swedish Council for the Education and Training of Yachtsmen (NFB) was founded in 1985 and is a non-profit organization. The purpose of the council is to develop and define diplomas for yachtsmen of pleasure crafts, educate and authorize examiners, promote the diplomas and inform the educational instances as well as the public.

NFB is a result of the cooperation between The Swedish Transport Agency, Swedish Cruising Association, Swedish Sailing Federation and Swedish Yachting Association.

NFB issues the blue Diploma books.

Intygsbok NFB

NFB´s examiners confirm, by seal, stamp and signature on pages 4-27, that the holder has been awarded the requirements laid down by NFB. Pages 28-31 are intended for other courses and exercises.

The Coastal Yachtmaster Diploma is compulsory according to Swedish regulations to master a Swedish pleasure yacht with a maximum length of at least 12 meters and a maximum width of at least 4 meters (12×4). See page 8-9. The Diploma is not compulsory for vessels of less than 12×4 meters.

Inshore Yachtmaster Diploma
The Inshore Yachtmaster Diploma certifies that the holder has the knowledge required to handle pleasure crafts on inland waterways, in sheltered waters and close to land. See page 2-3.
In the examination the holder showed satisfactory knowledge of the regulation for the prevention of collision at sea, the environment, the weather, first aid, seamanship and other subjects in accordance with the requirements of NFB.
The Diploma is confirmed by a seal resembling the emblem above.

Practical boat training Diploma
The holder has performed the following:
1 Reading a chart, pointing out physical objects marked on a chart and vice versa.
2 Steering by compass and by leading line.
3 Checking of compass in leading line
4 Navigation in marked waters
5 Terrestrial position fix
6 “Man overboard” maneuver, recovering fender or similar
7 Maneuvers to experience rudder and propeller effects
8 Berthing and leaving a berth
9 Participation in securing a boat including use of a spring

Coastal Yachtmaster Diploma
The Coastal Yachtmaster Diploma is required to master a Swedish pleasure yacht with a length over all at least 12 meters, and a width over all of at least 4 meters, (12×4 m).
The holder has shown satisfactory knowledge of the regulation for the prevention of collision at sea, navigation in sheltered and open waters, seamanship, and ship´s documents, electronic aids, safety, meteorology, first aid, the environment and other maritime subjects in accordance with the requirements of NFB. Practical boat training has been carried out.
The Diploma is confirmed by a seal resembling the emblem above.

Practical boat training in darkness
1 Planning and selection of suitable charts for intended passage.
2 Navigation in channel lit by lights.
3. Identification of lights by their characteristics.
4 Use of sector boundaries (w/r and w/g) when navigating.
5 Measuring distances in darkness.
6 “Man overboard” maneuver, recovering fender or similar fitted with a light.
7 Use of modern navigational aids (e g GPS, plotter, radar) and awareness of the reliability and shortcomings of such devices.
8 Position fixing when underway in darkness.
9 Deviation measurements when underway.
10 Confirmation of current by observation of buoys etc.

Boat Mechanic Diploma
The Boat Mechanic Diploma covers the knowledge required to rectify simple faults in engine and other installations.
In the examination the holder has shown satisfactory knowledge of the functioning of engines and electrical systems together with maintenance and faultfinding, as well as proficiency in carrying out simple repairs to current engine installations in accordance with the requirements of NFB.
The Diploma is confirmed by a seal resembling the emblem above.

The Offshore Yachtmaster Diploma
The Offshore Yachtmaster Diploma covers the knowledge and proficiency required to undertake a passage in a pleasure craft in continental coastal waters.
In the examination the holder has shown satisfactory knowledge of navigation in continental coastal waters and inland waterways, tidal flows, meteorology, safety, ship´s documents, first aid, seamanship, equipment, crew members and other maritime subjects in accordance with the requirements of NFB.
The Diploma is confirmed by a seal resembling the emblem above.

Canal Diploma
The Canal Diploma, in conjunction with the Inshore Yachtmaster Diploma or Coastal Yachtmaster Diploma and the Practical Boat Training Diploma, entitles the holder to travel on inland waterways in Europe. Satisfactory knowledge has been shown in the content of areas regulated by CEVNI, and in accordance with resolution No. 40 of the work group on inshore waterways within the UN Economic Commission for Europe.

The Radar Diploma
The Radar Diploma covers theoretical and practical knowledge of radar navigation and its use on passage.
In the examination the holder has shown satisfactory knowledge of the principles of radar, passage planning and the theory and practice of radar navigation, including plotting, in accordance with the requirements of NFB.
The Diploma is confirmed by a seal resembling the emblem above.

The Handling Diploma
The Handling Diploma covers the driving and handling of high speed planing boats. In the examination the holder has shown satisfactory knowledge and proficiency in the practical handling of high speed boats, regulations for the prevention of collision at sea, power trim, use of trim tab, safety, the environment and other maritime subjects in accordance with the requirements of NFB.
The Diploma is confirmed by a seal resembling the emblem above.

Yachtman´s Diploma
The holder demonstrated such practical proficiency in accordance with the requirements laid down by the Swedish Council for the Education and Training of Yachtsmen for the award of Yachtman´s Diplomas, as to show that he/she can be expected, without assistance, to be capable of:
Yachtman´s Diploma 1: Handling a small sailing craft in sheltered waters in good weather conditions.
Yachtman´s Diploma 2: Handling a yacht under power and under sail in sheltered waters in variable weather conditions.
Yachtman´s Diploma 3: Handling a large cruising yacht under power and under sail in sheltered or open waters in variable weather conditions.

SRC, Short Range Certificate (VHF Certificate)
The certificate is international, and entitles the holder to operate the international maritime VHF band. Moreover, the certificate also entitles the holder to use DSC equipment on VHF.
In examination the holder showed satisfactory knowledge in accordance with the requirements stipulated in document ITU RR Resolution 343 and CEPT/ERC Recommendation 31/04.
The certificate is confirmed by a seal resembling the emblem above.

LRC, Long Range Certificate (VHF, MF and HF-certificate)
The certificate is international, and entitles the holder to operate the international maritime VHF, MF and HF bands. Moreover, the certificate also entitles the holder to use DSC equipment on these bands.
In examination the holder showed satisfactory knowledge in accordance with the requirements stipulated in document ITU RR Resolution 343 and CEPT/ERC Recommendation 31/04.
The certificate is confirmed by a seal resembling the emblem above.