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International Bareboat Skipper

This Certification is for people with some sailing ability and some theoretical knowledge who wish to become a yacht skipper, it is not a beginner’s certification. Normally you should hold the IYT International Flotilla Skipper / Watch Keeper certificate, or a similar level qualification.

Pre-Course Experience:

The International Bareboat Skipper certification is to have logged over 200 nautical miles and 10 days at sea before advancing to this level. The candidate should be 16 years of age or over

Having received the International Bareboat Skipper Certificate, you can independently charter a yacht and operate it in the waters of any country.

Certificate Limitations:

Command of a vessel up to a maximum length of 78 ft /24 meters
In coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore
In daylight hours and in fair conditions with moderate wind and sea conditions

Course Outline:


  • Responsibilities of a bareboat skipper

  • Crew safety checks

  • Hull and rig checks

  • Machinery and systems checks

  • Fuel and water capacity and range

  • Menus and quantities

  • Float plan

  • Sources of meteorological information

  • Weather patterns

  • Sea and land breezes

  • Cloud types and formations

  • Pilotage and passage planning

  • Considerations when planning a passage

  • Routine for navigating a coastal passage

  • Passage strategy

  • Port regulations, customs, immigration

  • Pilotage plans

  • Vessel handling in confined quarters

  • Mooring, anchoring, coming alongside

  • Ropes, knots, care, and use of lines (can tie and knows uses for 6 common sailing knots; safe use of winches, jammers, and cleats)

  • General deck work

  • Tides and currents theory

  • Tidal heights, springs, and neaps

  • Position fixing, running fixes

  • Plotting the effect of tides and currents

  • Collision regulations

  • Lights, shapes, and sounds

  • Application of the regulations

  • Sail Handling (reefing, dropping, trimming)

  • MOB- Man Overboard recover

  • Marina Maneuvers (berthing and unberthing, use of spring lines)

  • Boat Handling

  • Close quarters

  • Heavy Weather Sailing (understands how to deal with heavy weather, including reefing and seeking refuge)

  • Dinghy Tender Operation


International Bareboat Skipper Sail  990€

International Bareboat Skipper Power & Sail 1290€

We accept different forms of payment depending on where you apply. 

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