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Small Powerboat & RIB Master Training-MCA approved
The IYT Small Powerboat & RIB Master certificates do not require a commercial endorsement because they are commercial certificates.
- Covers vessels up to 15m
- Operation in coastal regions – in sight of land
- Driven by outboard or inboard motors
- In fair weather
- No horsepower limitations
A 2 to 3 day course on board and in classroom.
The candidate should be 16 years of age or over. 18 years of age or over if being used commercially.
IYT Small Powerboat and RIB Master Certificate
This three day course covers two days of theory and one day of practical boat handling including:
- Safety at sea
- VHF Radio operations
- Small powerboats and rigid inflatable boats
- Launching and recovery
- Anchors and anchoring
- Nautical terminology
- Boat handling under power
- Man overboard procedures
- Ropes and rope-work
- Basic rules of the road (collision regulations)
- Glossary of terms
International Crew Training
This is a certificate of excellence for those candidates who wish to train to become an active crew member on a power or sailing yacht. It includes an Introduction to Boating for power and sail yachts.
• Crew on a vessel up to a maximum length of 78 ft /24 metres
• in coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore
• in daylight hours and in fair conditions with moderate wind and sea conditions
It is the level of competence that someone needs either when acting as watchkeeping crew on a yacht and as a skipper of a small yacht in protected waters where help is immediately available in calm conditions.
A 5 day course on board and in classroom.
The candidate should be 14 years of age or over
IYT Introduction to Yachting Certificate, and/or the International Crew Certificate.
• Nautical terminology
• Safety briefing
• Passage planning
• Rope work
• Basic rules of the road
• Introduction to weather
• Basic sail handling
• Basic handling under power
• Man overboard procedures
• Vessel equipment and instruments
• Engine checks and maintenance
• Deck seamanship
• Sailing vessels handling skills
• Sailing vessels under power
• Power vessel handling skills
• Dingy handling under power
International Bareboat Skipper (Power, Sail)
The International Bareboat Skipper course is a minimum 5 day course. It is not for beginners and the recommended entry level requirements are a VHF maritime radio operators certificate, and to have logged over 200 nautical miles and 10 days by the end of this course. The recommended minimum age to obtain this certification is 16.
Obtaining this certificate through our school, the candidate automatically qualifies for an ICC.
• Command of a vessel up to a maximum length of 78 ft /24 metres
• In coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore
• In daylight hours and in fair conditions with moderate wind and sea conditions
• This certificate is the level of competence that one needs when chartering a boat in the Mediterranean or West Indies where there are restrictions in terms of cruising area and distance from the base and the vessel has to be safely moored in a marina or anchored before dark
A minimum 5 day course on board and in classroom.
The candidate should be 18 years of age or over. The Candidate is required to have logged over 200 nautical miles & 10 days at sea by the end of the course.
IYT International Bareboat Certificate (Power and/or Sail)
• Responsibilities of a bareboat skipper
• Crew safety checks
• Hull and rig checks
• Machinery and systems checks
• Fuel and water capacity and range
• Menus and quantities
• Float plan
• Sources of meteorological information
• Weather patterns
• Sea and land breezes
• Cloud types and formations
• Pilotage and passage planning
• Considerations when planning a passage
• Routine for navigating a coastal passage
• Passage strategy
• Port regulations, customs, immigration
• Pilotage plans
• Vessel handling in confined quarters
• Mooring, anchoring, coming alongside
• Ropes, knots, care and use of lines
• General deck work
• Basic sails and sailing
• Tides and currents theory
• Tidal heights, springs and neaps
• Rule of “twelfths”
• Position fixing, running fixes
• Plotting the effect of tides and currents
• Collision regulations
• Lights, shapes and sounds
• Application of the regulations
• Advanced dingy handling
• Basic first aid
IYT’s International Bareboat Skipper Sail Certificate covers command of a sailing vessel with a sail area of greater than 80 square metres/861 square feet.
VHF Short Range Certificate
The IYT VHF SRC course is designed to ensure a thorough understanding of maritime radio communication at sea. It is intended for all marine environments and follows International standards.
IYT`s Maritime Radio Course provides VHF Radio training for the entire spectrum of VHF radio communications for recreational and professional boating. Students will learn how onboard radios and handheld radios, EPIRBs, SARTs, AIS and DSC-enabled radios, are used effectively in marine communications.
A 1 day course of 2 hours practical and 5 hours theory.
This course framework requires no prior knowledge of maritime radio communication practice, but a working knowledge of English as a second language. Elementary computer skills are assumed in the recommended course timetable. Candidates are assumed to have basic computer skills in order to participate in the course.
IYT VHF SRC certificate
- Introduction to VHF radio’s
- Maritime Mobile Band
- GMDSS Equipment
- VHF DSC radio equipment
- Radio operation code of practice
- Distress messaging
- Urgency and safety messaging
- International distress signals
- The phonetic alphabet
International Certificate of Competency Course
For scheduled courses click here.
Our International Certificate of Competency Course allows yachtsmen to charter yachts in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and beyond with full recreational Skipper qualifications.
What is an ICC (and CEVNI) & where is it required?
As you may be aware, it is now mandatory to hold a recognised International Certificate of Competency (ICC) if you wish to charter a boat in certain European countries. It is generally required for the inland and coastal waters of Mediterranean countries. In Northern Europe and Scandinavia the ICC is generally not required, but it is strongly advised you check with any European, Scandinavian, or Eastern European country that you wish to charter in before you leave.
The ICC is a product of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Resolution 40. The ICC provides documentary assurance from one Government to another that the holder meets the levels of competence laid down in Resolution 40.
The following countries have adopted Resolution 40 and officially accept the ICC as proof of boating competence within their territory:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
The following countries have not adopted resolution 40 but do accept ICC’s for use within their territory:
The following countries have not accepted Resolution 40 but may require some other proof of boating competence before chartering there, (check before you leave):
- Russian Federation
- United States
ICC Endorsements & Vessel Sizes
The Endorsements may be:
- (Power -24m) for any power driven vessel up to 24 meters.
- (Power -10m) for any power driven vessel up to 10 meters.
- (Sail – 24m & Power 10m ) Sail vessel up to 24 meters (must include Power 10m for operating tender to and from shore)
- (PWC) for personal water craft.
- (Coastal Waters) for coastal passages only.
- (Coastal and Inland) for use in the inland waterways of Europe as well as coastal. A CEVNI exam must be successfully completed. See below for more details.
To receive an ICC, candidates are required to prove competency in handling a boat with sufficient knowledge of navigation procedures, pilotage, safety procedures and the International Regulations for the prevention of collisions at sea. The examination can be taken on either a powerboat or sailboat depending on the endorsement required.
A sailing vessel with an engine requires both power and sail endorsements.
Some IYT Worldwide certificates allow an applicant to obtain an ICC without the need for an additional ICC assessment.
There are 2 ways to obtain an ICC. By holding an acceptable IYT Worldwide qualification as mentioned above, OR, by attending a course at an approved IYT partner school who is approved to issue ICCs to their students.
Personal Watercraft Operator - PWC
This is a course designed for the Personal Watercraft Operator or PWC license. It covers the requirements for the safe operation and maintenance of a personal watercraft. As well as the theory component, the instruction will emphasize the practical applications of handling a PWC on the water.
Candidates should be 16 years of age or over. Please note however, if there are local laws in place in specific area of operation of a PWC, those laws will of course supersede IYT’s minimum age requirement.
IYT PWC Certificate
- Correct use of life saving equipment and emergency duties
- Basic VHF radio terminology, requirements and procedures
- Types of PWC and parts of a PWC
- Concept of jet drive engines
- Safe handling of PWC and fueling
- Safety equipment and spares/tools to be carried
- Basic maintenance and safety checks
- PWC operations, load constraints, weight distribution, stability, balance
- PWC handling in various conditions and environments
- Weather and the effect on safe operations
- Launch and recovery, stowage, transfer to and from a vessel, and dock, coming alongside, beaching and launching from beach and handling with wind and/or current effects
- Visual checks and aids to monitoring engine condition
- Man overboard procedures
- Legal requirements of towing and use of correct signals and requirements
- Buoys, marks and charts and their symbols
- Lights, shapes and sound signals
- Sources of weather forecasting and basic passage planning
- Understands the need to obtain weather information
- Basic Collision Regulations (Rules of the Road)
- Understands accident prevention as it relates to PWC
- Care and maintenance of the PWC
- Demonstrates ability to clean and maintain PWC in good and safe order
- Protecting the environment
Seatrips Advanced Training on board
HANDS ON ADVANCED TRAINING ON BOARD
The onboard practice is taking place by rotating a trainee captain who will delegate and give the orders to the rest of the crew.
Prior to disembarkation
- Familiarization with the vessel and Safety Briefing.
- Adequate time is given to the students in order to settle and get to know the vessel. (The above occur only during the first day of the course)
- Preparation for disembarkation – Checking sails, batteries, engine, fuel, fresh water etc. Students must prepare the vessel for disembarkation without the aid of the Instructor.
- Vessel’s documents. Permission to disembark from port authorities.
Checks – Exercises under way
- There must be a general safety plan in place which will mention the actions to be taken in case of emergency.
- Checking of bilge pumps, hatches and hanging ropes.
- Practice with harnesses and life jackets.
- VHF practice
- All students must rotate in Captain’s role and delegate.
- Practicing in alongside docking as well as docking with the stern.
- Close quarter maneuvering including 360 degrees turn and going astern for significant time.
- Vessel handling and maneuvering with sails only (students must understand that all maneuvers have to take place against the wind)
- Special notice must be taken when departing that no ropes are hanging from the sides of the vessel.
Chartwork & navigation
- Shoreline recognition and chart use
- Determining vessel’s position using a 3 point fix, dead reckoning and estimated position
- Cross checking position with GPS.
- Plotting our course and sailing to a well-known destination with two or more direction changes.
- Reading the chart prior to our arrival in a specific harbour. Continuous checking of the depth.
- Sail adjustment from zero point
- Everyone sails in all points of sail
- Basic trimming of genoa and main sail
First and most important action: Press the MOB button on GPS.
All students in rotation will take Captain’s role and reach to the MOB:
- By reducing speed to minimum
- Doing the «Williamson Turn»
- Pressing the MOB on GPS, dropping the sails and turning to the direction suggested by the GPS.
Emphasis is given to the correct communication between Captain and crew.
Is to be taught through the Instructor’s experience. Rope handling and rope work is emphasized.
Care for the environment
Passage planning (mandatory by SOLAS rule 34)
Things to consider:
- Appropriate clothing
- Time of departure and arrival
- Enough fuel, water and food
- Weather forecast and weather changes
- Safe heavens and harbours
- Navigational hazards
- Competent crew for the passage and the weather
- Traffic in the area
Emergency First Aid
Having some basic first aid knowledge is essential as it enables you to increase patient comfort, it gives you tools to prevent the situation from becoming worse, it creates the confidence to care and it encourages healthy and safe living.
Anyone who is interested in acquiring or updating CPR and first aid skills can apply for this course.
EFR Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care & Care for children, AED
- Scene Assessment & Barrier Use
- Primary Assessment
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) & Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
- Serious Bleeding Management
- Shock Management
- Spinal Injury Management
- Conscious and Unconscious Choking Management
- Injury Assessment & Illness Assessment
- Splinting for Dislocations and Fractures
- Care for children
Yachtmaster Coastal Sail/Power
The IYT Worldwide Yachtmaster Coastal certificate is a recreational certificate of competency for command of sailing and/or power vessels up to 24 meters in length up to 60 nm offshore. It is a comprehensive live aboard course consisting of 6 days for sail which includes the practical on water examination.
- Command of a vessel up to a maximum length of 78 ft /24 metres
- In coastal waters up to 60 miles offshore
- In moderate wind and sea conditions
- Not for commercial use
A 6 day course on board and in classroom.
- 25 days and 800 miles at sea including 2 days as watch leader/skipper
- 12 hours underway on watch at night
- Minimum sea time must have been met prior to the final examination
- A physical/medical which must include eyesight and colour blindness check
- VHF or Radio Operator Certificate
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Sail/Power
What does the exam consist of?
The examination is an oral and practical test onboard a yacht. Candidates must demonstrate that they have sufficient ability to handle, dock, and anchor the boat with a required level of confidence. Candidates can expect to be examined on any subject contained within the syllabus and to be questioned on any of their yachting experience to date.
In the event that the examiner considers an examinee not to have achieved the required standards, a certificate will not be issued. In this case, a confidential report will be sent to the candidate outlining the reason or reasons for failure and suggesting remedial action that could lead to the successful completion of the course. Completion of the IYT Worldwide Yachtmaster Coastal course is not a guarantee of passing the examination and receiving your certificate.
- International collision regulations
- Navigational charts and publications
- Dead reckoning and estimated position
- Position fixing
- Tides and currents
- Safety at sea
- Boat handling
- Passage planning
Yachtmaster Offshore Sail/Power
For scheduled preperation courses click here.
The IYT Worldwide Yachtmaster Offshore certificate is a recreational certificate of competency to command sailing and/or power vessels up to 24 meters in length up to 150 nm offshore. It is a comprehensive theory and live aboard course consisting of 5 days classroom theory and a practical component of 6 days for sail including the practical on the water examination.
- Command of a vessel up to a maximum length of 78 ft /24 metres
- Up to 150 miles offshore
- Not for commercial use
An 11 day course on board and in classroom.
50 days on board a yacht at sea as an active crew member. A day is defined as a period of 24 consecutive hours. Parts of a day may be included in this total, but a day is not invalidated by a candidate leaving the yacht for a few hours during a cruise. The term “at sea” is defined as being on a vessel outside of any harbor – natural or artificial – in which a cruising yacht could secure or anchor for a prolonged period of time.
Have logged 3,000 miles in a yacht while cruising at sea (power or sail). This mileage must be logged on genuine cruises or passages but not short day trips. At least 2,000 miles must have been completed on coastal voyages and not ocean crossings. It is important that the candidate has considerable time of actual vessel handling.
Thirty hours on watch at night underway as an active member of a yacht’s crew. For at least six hours of this night time experience, the candidate must have been acting as the vessel’s captain/watchleader. “Night,” in this context, is defined as the time between sunset and sunrise.
A current medical examination and a colour blindness eyesight examination which allows the participant to safely perform the relevant duties on a yacht, including being able to see and distinguish lights and signals of other vessels and navigational marks in typical weather conditions without risk to him/herself, other crewmembers or the safe operation of the vessel.
A 6 hour VHF Radio Operators course covering the general rules and procedures for the safe operation of a VHF marine radio. If you do not have a valid VHF certificate this course may be conducted on board the yacht or in the classroom prior to joining the practical course.
Minimum sea time must have been met prior to the final examination
IYT Yachtmaster Offshore Sail/Power
What does the exam consist of?
Written theory examinations will occur during the course. The final examination is an oral and practical test onboard a yacht. Candidates must demonstrate that they have sufficient ability to handle, dock, and anchor the boat with a required level of confidence. Candidates can expect to be examined on any subject contained within the syllabus and to be questioned on any of their yachting experience to date.
In the event that the examiner considers an examinee not to have achieved the required standards, a certificate will not be issued. In this case, a confidential report will be sent to the candidate outlining the reason or reasons for failure and suggesting remedial action that could lead to the successful completion of the course. Completion of the IYT Worldwide Yachtmaster Offshore course is not a guarantee of passing the examination and receiving your certificate.
- Chartwork instruments
- Charts, latitude and longitude
- Distance, speed, time & direction
- The magnetic compass, variation& deviation
- Position lines and position fixes
- Dead reckoning and estimated positions
- Course to steer to counteract a current
- Passage planning
- Electronic navigation aids
- International regulations for preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS)
- Emergency procedures
IYT Instructor Training Course
For more details & scheduled preparation courses click here.
This course is intended to train suitably experienced sailors on how to teach their fellow recreational sailors. The responsibility is on us to pass on our skills and support to new instructors with high quality training that will benefit their own careers and the ability of the students they will be teaching. This will in turn enhance the credibility of the IYT training scheme and the schools that are part of it. The Instructor training course is a rewarding experience for students which fills them with enthusiasm and new skills to pass on to their own future students.