N.B. New volunteers can attend their induction without an ML5 or ENG1, but will require it before sailing on anything further.

We require volunteers’ to obtain these to ensure you are medically fit to perform the duties assigned to you and any emergency duties. It is important to find out if you have a medical condition which could lead to sudden incapacity or abnormal behaviour which could put the vessel and those on board in danger.
Additionally it is important to find out if you have a medical condition which could recur when the vessel is at sea and need urgent treatment as this may be difficult to obtain or delayed in a way it would not be ashore.

If you believe you have no existing medical conditions the cheapest examination will likely be an ML5. This will however only be valid to 60 miles offshore (the vast majority of OYT Scotland voyages). Unfortunately there is no fixed price for it and it is a matter of trying to negotiate the cost with your GP. A supportive letter to give to your GP appealing for a reduced rate is available here.

Download the form, read it to ensure there will be no problem, and take it to your GP. Send a copy of the certificate once your doctor issues it to the Trust’s office.

If you feel you will not pass this or do not pass it, is possible to appeal it if you have a commercially endorsable RYA certificate. Otherwise it is not. The appeal would be to the RYA in the first instance. You will find a completed example of Page 13 here to assist you with this.

If you have no such certificate (dayskipper, powerboat level 2, or yachtmaster ) or you know you will fail the ML5 it may be necessary, easier or quicker to apply for an ENG1. Unlike the ML5 it will last 2 years max rather than 5 and it requires you to visit an MCA approved doctor. See here for a list of those doctors. There is a fixed charge of about £90.00.

If you end up with a restricted certificate eg. not fit for solo watchkeeping at night, OYT Scotland will try and accommodate that. Please send a copy of the certificate to our Office or a scanned copy via email to david.mackenzie@oytscotland.org.uk.