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IYT Day Skipper / Crew Sail


IYT Day Skipper / Crew - Sail

This is a 3 to 4 day course, depending on wind and conditions, aimed to deliver a safe, informed, confident and competent day sailor/skipper who can confidently command or work as crew on a sailboat up to 10 meters (32.8 feet) during daylight hours in fair conditions in inland waters (bay or lake sailing) or coastal waters up to 5 miles offshore. 

Recommended Entry Level Requirement

  • A learn to sail course/certificate

Certificate Limitations

  • Command a vessel up to a maximum length of 10 meters (32.8 feet)
  • Inland waters (bay or lake sailing) or coastal waters up to 5 miles offshore
  • Daylight hours and in fair conditions with moderate wind and sea conditions

Course Outline

  • Basic sails and sailing
  • Collision Regulations
  • Responsibilities of the Skipper/Captain
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Boat Safety Equipment
  • Vessel Checkout – Documentation, Charts, Nautical Publications and Flags
  • Equipment & General Checks
  • Basic Ropework
  • Capsizing, Swamping and Sinking
  • Responsibilities of the Crew, Care of the Environment, Provisioning & Housekeeping
  • Outboard Motors
  • Boat Handling Under Power
  • Basic Meteorology
  • Charts
  • Tides & Currents
  • Buoyage
  • Man-Overboard Procedures
  • Anchors, Anchoring and Running Aground
  • Basic First Aid

Next Steps

As you advance and become more proficient as crew or skipper you take on bigger challenges that require proper training to ensure the safety of your family and friends. The bigger the boat or length of adventure the more training you require.

Most of us prefer to spend our time on the water and not in a classroom. To facilitate this, IYT has a series of E-learning courses available for the theoretical part of sail and powerboat training.

  1. Take one of our online (Elearning) courses for your next level of training.
  2. Plan your practical training at one of our many schools worldwide to earn your final qualification.
  3. Book in advance with your school as class sizes and availability may be limited.
  4. Review the IYT course progression details to learn about professional level courses.
  5. Spend time on the water and properly log your seatime.

The Boating Lifestyle is one of the most rewarding pursuits available. There is something physically and emotionally invigorating when you are offshore. To enjoy the experience fully you need the proper training & skills to be safe, prepared and command a vessel.

RecreationalStudent Information

Benefits Of An IYT Certification

IYT is the largest provider of crew and skipper certificates for the recreational yachting industry in the world. Learn more about the benefits of an IYT Certificate.

Certificate Renewal

For many IYT certificates, there is the need to re-qualify for your certificate every 3 to 5 years. This ensures that our certifications are meeting international standards.

IYT Yachting Passport

The IYT Passport is recognized in over 40 countries around the world and offers you an opportunity to study and train worldwide.

Course Progression

A beginner at sailing or operating a powerboat should be familiar with the training path that is available from IYT. Many recreational boaters progress to become crew on superyachts.

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