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IYT Introductory Sailing Skills


Introductory Sailing Skills

This is a 2 day course aimed to provide candidates with introductory knowledge for crewing a sailing vessel (monohull or catamaran) up to 15 meters in inland or coastal waters <5 miles offshore during daylight hours in moderate wind and sea conditions.

This course is great for groups of friends or like-minded people to get together for a few days of fun sailing while learning skills to better help as crew onboard.  Hopefully, candidates will enjoy the experience and progress to higher level sailing courses. 

Recommended Entry Level Requirements

At least 10 years of age.

Certificate Limitations

  • Crewing a vessel (monohull or catamaran) up to 15 meters
  • Inland or coastal waters <5 miles offshore
  • Daylight hours
  • Moderate wind and sea conditions

Scope of Course

2 days, on board, covering theory and practical subjects

Course Outline

  • Personal and Boat Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Terms, Equipment & Handling Skills
  • Basic Ropework
  • Man-Overboard Procedures
  • Anchors, Anchoring & Running Aground
  • Compasses
  • Buoyage
  • Collision Regulations & Navigation Lights


“IYT Introductory Sailing Skills Course Completion Certificate” to be completed and issued by the school after successful completion of the 2-day course
Schools may place orders for a downloadable PDF certificate issued by IYT so it appears in their IYT Account.  In order to do this the candidate must create an IYT Account ID.

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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