IYT qualifications and Training

The training that we offer follows the syllabus laid down by International Yacht Training IYT LOGO 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.

The International Crew Certificate

IYT Log Book

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

  • living on board a sailing yacht, and on board safety
  • sailing and yachting terminology
  • how to tie knots and handle ropes correctly,
  • the points of sail, and general wind and weather awareness
  • how to steer a yacht under sail and power,
  • handling the sails, mooring and anchoring,
  • basic navigation,
  • any other aspects relevant to gaining an International Crew Certificate.

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.

The International Watchkeeper/Flotilla Skipper Certificate

Module 12

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

  • living on board a sailing yacht, and on board safety
  • sailing and yachting terminology
  • responsibilities of a Watchkeeper/Flotilla Skipper
  • man overboard procedures
  • how to tie knots and handle ropes correctly,
  • the points of sail, and general wind and weather awareness
  • how to steer a yacht under sail and power, including marina mooring
  • handling the sails, mooring and anchoring,
  • charts, chartwork, pilot books, and the magnetic compass,
  • buoyage and collission regulations
  • taking over a vessel and vessel checkout
  • crew safety briefing and general crew management.
  • basics of tides
  • preparing a short passage
  • use of VHF
  • any other aspects relevant to gaining an International Watchkeeper/Flotilla Skipper Certificate.

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 International Certificate of competenceICC

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.


How to get an ICC

  • To get an ICC, each candidate must pass a written and practical assessment, and this will normally be completed as part of a Learn to Sail holiday.
  • Existing experienced skippers that are chartering one of our in house flotilla yachts may also be able to just have an assessment as part of the holiday.
  • There is an E Learning Module to enable people to study the required Theory. This can be done on line in a person's own time, and should be completed by each candidate before the holiday...more
  • The E Learning Module is managed directly by IYT
  • There is a fee of 100US$ which will cover the cost of the E Learning course, the necessary course notes and the administration and issuing of the ICC directly to you after the assessment.
  • Activity Yachting Holidays can only do the assessment and then the actual certificate is issued afterwards by International Yacht Training, who hold the required Government approvals to allow them to issue ICC's.
  • Certificates are valid for five years from the date of issue. They can be renewed, without another test on submitting the relevant application and paying the appropriate fee directly to IYT.



    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.


    Has student carried out preparation for sea checks and mechanical checklist including:

    • Safety brief including use of all safety equipment.
    • Pre-start engine checks
    • Pre-start weather checks
    • Start engine and checking cooling
    • Check fuelling requirements and range

    Student must execute a short passage including all of the following:


    • Has the student communicated effectively with the crew
    • Did the student understand the use of springs to depart from lee wall/pontoon
    • Did the student position fenders correctly
    • Did the student understand the lazy line if departing from a Stern to berth.

    • Has the student demonstrated correct direction and speed of approach
    • Has suitable contact been made with MOB

    • Has the student communicated effectively with the crew
    • Has the student showed awareness of other water users
    • Did they prepare warps/fenders correctly
    • Did they choose the correct angle and speed of approach
    • Has the student stopped the boat in place and secured to the pontoon
    • For Stern to mooring, has the student understood the purpose of, and how to use the lazy line.

  • 360 Degree TURN
    • The yacht must be sailed through 360 degrees, demonstrating all points of sail and then a full 360 degree turn under the motor must be demonstrated in a confined space.

    • Has the student communicated effectively with the crew
    • Did they prepare the warps correctly
    • Did they choose the correct angle and speed of approach
    • Has the student secured the boat effectively
    • Has the student departed from the buoy safely

    • Did the applicant use suitable sails for prevailing condition
    • Did the applicant choose a suitable area for hoisting/lowering sails
    • Did the applicant trim sails correctly
    • Has the applicant warned crew before undertaking any manoeuvres
    • Did the applicant undertake a check of the area before tacking and gybing

    • Has the applicant shown awareness for other water users
    • Did the applicant use a kill-cord if appropriate
    • Did the applicant choose a suitable area to carry out manoeuvres
    • Did the applicant carry out an emergency stop
    • Was the applicant able to control speed on turns and did they warn crew before starting and executing emergency turns.

  • REGULATIONS Required for all candidates
    • Can the applicant recognise a potential collision situation?
    • Does the applicant know what action to take as “stand on” and “give way” vessel?
    • Can the applicant determine a safe speed?
    • Does the applicant recognise manoeuvring signals?
    • Can the applicant recognise and make visual distress signals?
    • Does the applicant know to keep a proper lookout?

    • Does the applicant know the requirements for navigation lights and ships?
    • Does the applicant recognise sound signals?
    • Does the applicant recognise the following from the lights – vessel at anchor, power driven vessel and sailing vessel?
    • Can the applicant recognise, by day and night, and understand the significance of buoys of the IALA system?
    • Can the applicant plan a harbour entry/departure, taking in to account possible hazards?
    • Does the applicant know the sources of information regarding local regulations, port entry and departure signals and Port Operations radio?

    • Can the applicant plot a position by cross bearings and by Latitude and Longitude?
    • Can the applicant interpret a navigational chart and understand charted depths, drying heights and charted hazards?
    • Can the applicant use a tide table to find times and heights of high and low water?
    • Can the applicant determine direction rate of tidal stream from a tidal atlas or from tidal diamonds?
    • Can the applicant determine magnetic course to steer, making allowances for leeway and tidal stream