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IYT Try Sailing


IYT Try Sailing

The IYT Try Sailing Course is a 3 to 4 hour course aimed to provide candidates with basic introductory knowledge for crewing a 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.

It’s a fun hands-on course to enjoy being on the water while learning basic sailing skills.

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

3 to 4 hour course, on board, covering theory and practical subjects

Course Outline

  • Basic Safety Equipment
  • Layout of the vessel
  • Basic Deck Equipment
  • How Sails Work & Rigging
  • Points of Sails and Basic Sailing Terms
  • Basic Sail Handling Skills
  • Basic Ropework


“IYT Try Sailing Course Completion Certificate” to be completed and issued by the school after successful completion of the course.
Schools may place orders for downloadable PDF certificate issued by IYT so it appears in the candidate’s IYT Account/Profile.  In order to do this the candidate must create and IYT Account ID/Profile. 

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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