The International Bareboat Skipper course is a five 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 candidate should be 16 years of age or over and preferably hold the IYT International Crew Certificate or equivalent. Candidates who do not have 200 nautical miles may take this course and gain miles required to obtain certification during the course.
The International Bareboat Skipper Course consists of Modules 13 – 25 in the IYT International Boating & Sailing Passport (Passport).
Candidates must either hold a recognised VHF Radio Operators Certificate or must take the full IYT VHF-SRC Marine Communications course and school must place order for this certificate while placing order for the Bareboat Skipper Certificate of Competency. If ordering VHF at the same time as Bareboat Skipper please upload a note to this effect. We have provided a sample note to upload when placing order.
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.
NOTE ABOUT POWER OR SAIL ENDORSEMENTS:
If you undertake this course on a sailboat and later wish to obtain the International Bareboat Skipper Power you may do so by attending any IYT Partner school approved to offer the International Bareboat Skipper Power course and do the power training (Module 14 in the Passport Training Programme).
This can usually be accomplished in 2 to 4 days depending upon the candidate’s experience as skipper of a sailing vessel. This will be left to the discretion of each school based on the cv and sea time of the candidate.
If you undertake this course on a power vessel and later wish to obtain the International Bareboat Skipper Sail you may do so by attending any IYT Partner school approved to offer the International Bareboat Skipper Sail course and do the sail training (Module 15 in the Passport Training Programme).
This can usually be accomplished in 2 to 4 days depending upon the candidate’s experience as skipper of a power vessel. This will be left to the discretion of each school based on the cv and sea time of the candidate.
The IYT International Bareboat Skipper Sail 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.
Those who have obtained the International Bareboat Skipper 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.
Command of 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
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
Sources of meteorological information
Sea and land breezes
Cloud types and formations
Pilotage and passage planning
Considerations when planning a passage
Routine for navigating a coastal passage
Port regulations, customs, immigrationPilotage plans
Vessel handling in confined quarters
Mooring, anchoring, coming alongside
Ropes, knots, care and use of lines
General deck work
Tides and currents theory
Tidal heights, springs and neaps
Rule of “twelfths”
Position fixing, running fixes
Plotting the effect of tides and currents
Lights, shapes and sounds
Application of the regulations
Advanced dingy handling