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
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is possibly because his previous company “International Sailing School” had its IYT Partner School status permanently withdrawn and Mr. Gokova also had his IYT instructor and examiner qualifications permanently withdrawn on September 12th 2011.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:
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
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)
Take Wind Group
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)
Veronique Claus / with Aventura Plus
Jim (Cumhur) Gokova
Alex Zyytkov Berozy
Alexi Zhitkov (date of birth 21-Jun-1969)
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:
Ali Hidir Akdemir
Devon Levi Hilaire
Mustafa Kemal Vural
Nikola Joy Yeo
Ugur ISA Tuncoku
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]