IYT International Bareboat Skipper 


No of Days: 6 Days, 5 nights live aboard (3 nights eating onboard) - Mon 10am - Sat 10am

Price: $2,395

Exam: 1 written exam and 1 practical

Qualification: IYT International Bareboat Skipper - plus IYT VHF Certficate. 

The International Bareboat Skipper course is a 6 day course, designed for those with some sailing experience already. The aim of this course is to enable you to comfortably plan and navigate your own sailing vacation and give you the confidence and knowledge to safely skipper a vessel up to 78 feet in length in moderate weather conditions.

Obtaining this certificate through our school (or any IYT afflicted school) or the "International Certificate of Competency" to their candidates automatically qualifies for an ICC.

Our professional IYT certified instructors are patient and have a lot of experience, they will teach you in a relaxed and friendly way, and support you every wave of the way. From the moment you step aboard you will be encouraged to play an active part on the boat together with the other students. You will get hands-on experience and feel the exhilaration of being part of a working crew.



Responsibilities of a bareboat skipper:
- Crew safety checks                                                       
- Machinery and systems checks                                   
- Menus and quantities                                                    
- Sources of meteorological information                        
- Sea and land breezes                                                   
- Pilotage and passage planning                                    
- Routine for navigating a coastal passage                    
- Port regulations, customs, immigration                         
- Vessel handling in confined quarters                           
- Ropes, knots, care and use of lines                             
- Tides and currents theory                                                                                                                                                     - Position fixing, running fixes                                          
- Plotting the effect of tides and currents                        
- Lights, shapes and sounds                                            
- Advanced dingy handling

Download your IYT Bareboat Skipper Course Notes Here

- Hull and rig checks

- Fuel and water capacity and range
- Float plan
- Weather patterns
- Cloud types and formations
- Considerations when planning a passage
- Passage strategy
- Pilotage plans
- Mooring, anchoring, coming alongside
- General deck work
- Tidal heights, springs and neaps                                                                                                                                                
- Collision regulations
- Application of the regulations


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

 Relaxing after a hard days sailing

Relaxing after a hard days sailing


Sailing means living in close quarters so please try to travel light. Please do not bring any hard, big suitcases with wheels that are difficult to store. A backpack or sports/duffel bag would be best. 

Some recommendations on what to bring aboard:

  • Comfortable airy clothes (t-shirt & shorts advised. Long sleeves if you want to cover up from the sun when stood at the helm)

  • Deck or soft shoe

  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen/block

  • Mosquito spray

  • Bathing suit

  • Wash kit

  • Towel

  • Travel insurance

  • A logbook to sign of your sailing miles

  • (And dollars - ATMs are not always reliable on the island)

If  you have any questions please complete the form below or call us Toll Free: 1 (800) 390 7594

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