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IYT has developed a modular format in maritime training to offer a series of recreational nautical courses that are accepted by major national registries and governments. We refer to this series of courses as the “International Boating & Sailing Passport.” This has enabled IYT to successfully establish a network of partner schools offering IYT courses worldwide and has been enthusiastically embraced by a growing number of schools, countries and administrations. Candidates have the convenience of full-time, evening or weekend participation coupled with the ability to choose a convenient location.

IYT certificates are accepted by major yacht charter companies and many insurance companies offer discounted premiums to those who hold IYT qualifications. It is important to understand that an IYT certificate is a qualification that can be used globally. Unlike other training organisations, IYT insists on an understanding of IALA regulations in areas A & B, weather systems and tidal calculations in the north & southern hemispheres.

The International Boating & Sailing Passport consists of 26 modules 

Modules 1 – 11 make up The International Crew Course.  This is a great place to start for new sailors or sailors with some experience but no prior certification. It is also a pre-requisite course for the International Flotilla / Bareboat Skipper Course.

The International Crew Course enables sailors to gain a level of competence that someone needs either when acting as watchkeeping crew on a yacht or as a skipper of a small yacht in protected waters where help is immediately available in calm conditions

The course covers 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, and Dingy handling under power

We often recommend sailors signing up for the International Crew Course and completing the theory online add the VHF-SRC Course as well.

The VHF-SRC (Module 12) is designed to ensure a thorough understanding of maritime radio communication at sea. It is intended for all marine environments and follows International standards.

By adding the VHF-SRC course students will go through the practical portion during their International Crew Course along with completing the theory portion online.

Once a student has completed the theory and practical skills for Modules 1 – 12, both the International Crew Course and the VHF-SRC they can take the International Flotilla Skipper Course (Modules 13 – 25). If a sailor already has previous experience at least 200nm logged and 10days at sea they can skip right to the International Bareboat Skipper Course (Modules 13 – 25).

This seems to confuses many students. What’s the difference if they both cover (Modules 13 – 25)?

The “depth of knowledge” required for the theory portion of the International Flotilla Skipper course, is the same as required for the International Bareboat Skipper course, however,  the International Flotilla Skipper qualification is a great |”stepping stone” to safely acquiring the 200 miles and 10 days at sea as required to progress to the IYT “International Bareboat Skipper” qualification.

The differences is the certification limitation. The Flotilla Skipper is only allowed to command a vessel that is part of a Flotilla meaning they would be in a group with other vessels following the same passage and having a safety net with the lead boat always ready to help with any issues that may arise. It is a great way to gain experience!

So now that that’s cleared up we know we can only move on to the International Bareboat Skipper Course once we’ve completed Modules 1 – 25, logged 200nm and 10days at sea. Once this has all been achieved you will also be rewarded the ICC (International Certificate of Competency)


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