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IYT Sailing School

Coral's Reef is an International Yacht Training (IYT) Certified Sailing School! We are pleased to offer two different sailing certifications for those interested in gaining an internationally recognized certificate.

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The International Crew Training Course and the International Bareboat Skipper Course. For students with little to no experience, the International Crew Training course is recommended to learn the basics and build skills towards become a bareboat skipper. For sailors already with some experience and ready to dive in to becoming a bareboat skipper, the International Bareboat Skipper Sail - Catamaran course would be the next step!

More information about these courses below:


International Crew Training

This is a certificate of excellence for those candidates who wish to train to become an active crew member on a power or sailing yacht. It includes an Introduction to Boating for power and sail yachts.

Certificate Limitations
  • Crew on a vessel up to a maximum length of 78 ft /24 metres
  • in coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore
  • in daylight hours and in fair conditions with moderate wind and sea conditions

It is the level of competence that someone needs either when acting as watchkeeping crew on a yacht and as a skipper of a small yacht in protected waters where help is immediately available in calm conditions.

Course Outline
  • Nautical terminology
  • Safety briefing
  • Passage planning
  • Rope work
  • Basic rules of the road
  • Introduction to weather
  • Basic sail handling
  • Basic handling under power
  • Man overboard procedures
  • Vessel equipment and instruments
  • Engine checks and maintenance
  • Deck seamanship
  • Sailing vessels handling skills
  • Sailing vessels under power
  • Power vessel handling skills
  • Dingy handling under power

International Bareboat Skipper Sail - Catamaran

This is a 5 to 6 day course. It is not for beginners and the recommended entry level requirements are a VHF maritime radio operators certificate, and to have logged over 200 nautical miles and 10 days at sea before advancing to this level. The recommended minimum age to obtain this certification is 16. Candidates who do not have 200 nautical miles may take this course and gain miles required to obtain certification during the course.

This certificate is the level of competence that one needs when chartering a boat in the Mediterranean or West Indies where there are restrictions in terms of cruising area and distance from the base and the vessel has to be safely moored in a marina or anchored before dark.

IYT’s International Bareboat Skipper Sail – Catamaran Certificate covers command of a sailing vessel with a sail area of greater than 80 square metres/861 square feet. Please see the official statement here.

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

Those who have obtained the International Bareboat Skipper Sail – Catamaran qualification, 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 click this link for more information. Please note that the ICC Certificate will not state “catamaran”.

Certificate Limitations
  • Command of a sailing catamaran up to a maximum length of 78 ft /24 metres
  • In coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore
  • In daylight hours and in fair conditions with moderate wind and sea conditions


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