International Yacht Training Worldwide

Unauthorised Schools and Other Entities


Because IYT Worldwide is the internationally accredited global leader and most trusted standard in yacht training and certification, there exist a small number of schools and instructors who claim to be certified by IYT when, in fact, they are not. As a globally recognised brand, we work to maintain a high standard of excellence and encourage our network to help identify and deter fraudulent schools and instructors.

Any school included on our website meets the standards and certification requirements of IYT Worldwide. All IYT instructors are provided with IYT branded certificates upon completion of their training, which you can ask to see. If you are ever concerned that your school or instructor may be unauthorised, please contact us to confirm their status.

Organisation “IYTA” (International Yacht Training Academy) – believed to have been created to confuse the market

May 2015

International Yacht Training Worldwide is a Federally registered Canadian Company (Nov 2007) and was originally founded by Capt. Mark Fry in the United States in December 2002.  The company has been trading as IYT since its inception. 

It has been brought to our attention that a company called  “International Yacht Training Academy” is also registered in Canada and trading as IYTA.  This company is registered to a Mr. Jim (Cumhur) Gokova from Turkey and is not affiliated or associated with IYT Worldwide in any way. We believe Mr. Gokova is deliberately attempting to infringe on the good name and reputation  of “International Yacht Training Worldwide” by issuing certificates in the name of his company “IYTA”.  This is possibly because his previous company “International Sailing School” had its IYT Partner School status permanently withdrawn and Mr. Gokova also had his IYT instructor and examiner qualifications permanently withdrawn on September 12th 2011. Mr. Gokova was engaged in activities that were in serious breach of the legal terms of a contract between IYT Worldwide and Mr. Gokova.

Mr. Gokova is currently issuing boating qualifications( May 2015) in the name of “IYTA” and many students have contacted IYT head office here in Canada asking if they are genuine IYT Worldwide certificates which obviously they are not. This is causing unnecessary hardship and financial loss for students who spent their money assuming that they are getting a genuine IYT certificate from IYT Worldwide.

Please be advised that Mr. Jim (Cumhur) Gokova and his company International Yacht Training Academy (IYTA) have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with International Yacht Training Worldwide.  Should you require any additional information concerning Mr. Jim Gokova or his company please do not hesitate to contact me on [email protected] or +1 778 477 5668.

Capt. Mark Fry

Individuals implying they are IYT Worldwide and have issued or may have issued fraudulent certificates:

Aysegul Yildiz – We believe she is in Istanbul, Turkey and we are continuing to research

Schools that have had their IYT membership withdrawn and can no longer operate as IYT partner schools:

World of the Winds – also trading as Wowcharter & Moscow School of Yachting
Go Pro Cayman (Go Pro Diving)
Valentin Private Yacht School – Valentin Rakutin, Cyprus
Med Sea School – Spain
International Sailing School Marmaris – Turkey
International Yachtmaster Training – Istanbul, Turkey
International Yachting School of Israel
Gokova Yachting Academy – Romania
Go Sailing.RU
Sailing School Veter
Nautical School Ukraine

Schools implying they have IYT membership but are not approved member schools:

Global Tech Quest (Qatar)
Russian Sailing School (Russia)
Aventura Plus (Belgium)
U Experience (China)
Mopexog (Ukraine)
Brig Club/Natalya Kabirova
Berozy Yachting/Alex Zyytkov

Instructors who have had their IYT instructor status withdrawn and are no longer authorised to teach IYT courses or who may be falsely professing to hold valid IYT instructor certificates:

Walter B Schredl (aka Wally Schredl)
Ash McKnight
Tarek Mutwelle Hassan Ramadan
Vinod Bondi
Ali El-Sayegh
Veronique Claus / with Aventura Plus
Alan Goldsborough-Pike
Michael French
Jim (Cumhur) Gokova
Tolga Gokova
Konstantin Zhukov
Irina Fedorova
Anatoly Bolshakov
Alexey Tikhonov
Dmitry Darovskikh
Alexey Safronov
Alexandra Levrenyuk
Alex Zyytkov Berozy
Alexi Zhitkov (date of birth 21-Jun-1969)
Alexandr Kaznadey
Sergey Shumilov

Organisations that are not affiliated with IYT:

IYTA Vancouver Canada (Mr.Jim Gokova)
International Sailing Schools Association (ISSA)
International Sail & Power Academy (ISPA)
International Crew Training (ICT) U.S.A.

The following individuals have been attempting to use false IYT certificates not issued by IYT:

Alexander Metelsky
Aleksandr Morozov

Ali Hidir Akdemir
Ali Sayar
Aleksey Bykov
Christian Cibulka
Denis Sorokin
Devon Levi Hilaire
Dmitry Kurochkin
Durmus Kose
Emrah Kayikci
Engin Unlu
Erkan Sarlak
Evgeniy Bodnariuk
Fatih Hendem
Ilia Rukhadze
Imad Chayeb
Jan Coufal
Kurt Ozcan
Ruslan Ganeev
Mikhei Shestakov
Mustafa Kemal Vural
Niko Vukelic
Nikola Joy Yeo
Nugzar Mamaiashvili
Olivier Ferec
Ramazan Akbulut
Sayin Candan
Selim Akturk
Sergejes Gavrilovs
Ugur ISA Tuncoku
Volodymyr Volkovskyi
Yevhen Arabadzhyi
Yurii Bakhariev
Zekeriya Gundogar

Additionally, a number of training organisations are issuing “International Certificates of Competency” (ICC) and “International Proficiency Certificates,” which they claim are required for chartering in European waters. Please note that only ICC’s that have approval from government bodies are the “official ICCs'” that comply with Resolution 40 of the European Act and the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The ISSA offers a “Master of Yachts” certificate which has nothing whatsoever to do with the IYT Master of Yachts certificates that are recognised by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for working on commercial Yachts

The ISPA (Academy) issued “ICC” certificates which are not Resolution 40 certificates for use in the UNECE Region.

If in doubt about the authenticity of any nautical certification, please do not hesitate to contact IYT headquarters at [email protected]