The training that we offer follows the syllabus laid down by International Yacht Training for their recreational sailing programme's. The recreational training syllabus is ideal for organisations that teach in a holiday environment, and courses have wide international recognition.
It is very important that we ensure that any training that we provide, follows internationally recognised standards and and that we can issue appropriate, recognised certification. Equally it is essential that we do not forget that most people choosing to do their training with us are also looking for a holiday, and that often in any group or family not everybody will eventually want to become a skipper.
The IYT recreational syllabus is a modular system which offers a very flexible approach. Beginners can easily be trained to an International Crew level in a week, while those with prior experience can get to a Flotilla Skipper or ICC level.
All previous experience and knowledge, however obtained, is taken into account, and beginners and those working towards one of the skipper levels can all be together on the same yacht. Those hoping to get to a skipper level must have more prior experience and must have studied a certain amount of theory in advance.
All participents (min 14 years old) will be issued with an IYT Log Book, the, "International Boating & Sailing Passport", which details the full syllabus of the Recreational Training Programme, and is also a Log where you can record the details of the sailing and training that you do.
The International Crew covers from Modules 1 to 6, and at the end of the training, a Gold Seal and School Stamp is added to Module 6 as evidence of course completion.
Modules are both theoretical and practical, but at this level the theoretical elements will be covered as we go along during the practical week, and any necessary study materials will be provided on the training yacht.
Over the week, a complete beginner will cover
At the end of the week you will be a useful crew member on any small yacht, and ready to start basic skipper training should you want to.
Those with some prior experience, who have also studied the necessary theory, can be usually be trained up to a Flotilla Skipper Level in a week This is an entry level skippering qualification enabling you to take charge of a small yacht, in moderate conditions during day light hours, or to be a Watchkeeper on a larger vessel on an offshore passage.
Over the week, you will refresh theory and cover in more detail
An important point to mention at this stage, is that your training with Activity Yachting Holidays in Croatia is in non-tidal conditions. Because of this you can get to a Flotilla Skipper level much faster than if you were learning in more demanding conditions, allowing you to then develop further skills in due course as required. Up to Flotilla skipper level you will only cover tides very generally, and you would not be ready to go straight out as a skipper in strong tidal conditions without a more in depth study of tides.
For anyone not understanding the full significance of this point, we suggest likening learning to skipper a yacht in tidal waters, to learning to drive a car while towing a caravan. Naturally it is much easier to learn to drive a car first and get your licence and then after some experience, if required, to add on the necessary skills for towing a caravan. In the same way you can learn the skills required to skipper and sail a small yacht, much faster, in non tidal conditions, and then once you have got some practice as a skipper, over time you can easily develop the additional skills required for sailing in tidal and more challenging conditions.
As the International Watchkeeper/Flotilla Skipper certificate, will allow you to take charge of a yacht, a simple course completion approach is not sufficent at this level, and an assessment must be carried out before Module 12 in the IYT Sailing and Boating passport can be signed off.
Modules 1 to 11 in the Sailing and Boating passport cover the syllabus to this level, and these can be signed off on a course completion basis. Module 12 however can only be signed off when someone has shown that they have learned and understood what has been covered in the previous modules, and that they can demonstrate that they could skipper the yacht in a safe and seamanlike manner.
The assessment that will be carried out for Module 12 is basically to the same standard as that required to do an ICC. Recent changes in legislation have meant that an ICC can now be awarded to people of any nationality, and so to cater for the increased demand and to offer a more professional service, IYT have developed an E Learning module to enable people to study for the required theory.
We therefore now assess everyone that is aiming to get to a basic skipper level, as if they were doing the ICC assessment and anyone aiming to get to the Flotilla Skipper level will have to complete the same assessment and theory test on site as if you were doing an ICC. For this reason we recommend that everyone at this level should complete the ICC E Learning Course before the holiday... more
The ICC is the International Certificate of Competence for operation of Pleasure Craft of up to 24mt, and it is issued under Resolution 40 of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Its purpose is to create a standardised Internationally recognised Certificate of Competence for those in charge of recreational Motor boats and Sailing Yachts for use on Coastal and Inland European waters.
Due to changes in legislation in 2011, the ICC can now be issued to people of any nationality, with the result it is now the closest that there is to an Internationally recognised and accepted," basic skippers certificate of competence for recreational purposes" that you can get.
Virtually all charter companies, insurance companies and relevant port Authorities, even in countries that are not part of UNECE, recognise the Certificate. Sometimes they even insist on one, even though a person may have an alternative and more advanced qualifications from an Internationally Recognised Sail Training organisation. This latter is generally because the Authorities, Charter, and Insurance companies know what the ICC is, whereas they may not know the value of any alternative paperwork being produced.
The following are a list of the main points that the Instructor or Examiner will be required to assess for anybody that wants to get an ICC. There is both a practical assessment and a written theory section to the ICC.
Student must execute a short passage including all of the following: