International Yacht Training Worldwide

Yachtmaster Coastal Sail – Catamaran


Yachtmaster Coastal Sail - Catamaran

The IYT Worldwide Yachtmaster Coastal Sail – Catamaran certificate is a recreational certificate of competency for command of a sailing catamaran up to 24 metres in length up to 60 nm offshore. It is a comprehensive 6 day live aboard course which includes the practical on water examination. The minimum age to obtain this certification is 18.

Candidates must either hold a recognised VHF Radio Operators Certificate or must take the full IYT VHF-SRC Marine Communications course and school must place order for this certificate while placing order for the Yachtmaster Coastal Sail – Catamaran Certificate of Competency.  If ordering VHF at the same time as Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate please upload a note to this effect.  We have provided a sample note to upload when placing orders.
* Please note that we do not accept ISSA VHF qualifications.
f you are unsure if your radio license will be accepted, please send a scanned copy of the front and back of your license to [email protected].  We will verify that your license is sufficient to receive the IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Catamaran license).  

It has come to our attention that it has not been made perfectly clear to all IYT Worldwide yachtmaster candidates that IYT Yachtmaster Qualifications are for recreational use only and may never be upgraded to a professional certificate. Therefore, we require all candidates taking a recreational IYT Worldwide Yachtmaster course to complete an acknowledgement prior to taking the course. 

It is not for beginners and the recommended entry level requirements

  • a VHF maritime radio operators certificate
  • to have logged over 800 nautical miles at sea
    • 200 of  which must have been as crew or captain of sailing catamaran <24m
  • 25 days at sea as watch leader/skipper including 12 hours underway on watch at night
  • The recommended minimum age to obtain this certification is 18. 
  • Minimum sea time must have been met prior to the final examination.

If a candidate already holds an IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Sail certificate, the modules for catamaran training should be a 1.5 to 2 day course.  A review of the Yachtmaster Coastal course should be considered at the beginning of the course.

Those who have obtained the Yachtmaster Coastal Sail – Catamaran CoC, can automatically obtain the “International Certificate of Competency” (ICC), provided the student meets the requirements as laid down by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (Resolution 40).  Please see this link for more information.  Please note that the ICC Certificate will not state “catamaran”.

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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