Bareboat Skipper Course Requirements

This course is for people with some sailing ability and some theoretical knowledge who wish to become a yacht skipper, it is not a beginner’s course. Normally you should hold the IYT International Flotilla Skipper / Watch Keeper certificate, or a similar level qualification. If you do not have the required Foundation Knowledge and Skills you will find the course difficult and probably fail the final assessment! If you are not sure that you have right knowledge check out our; Bareboat Skipper
Self Assessment Test.

Pre-Course Experience:

At least 200 miles of logged sailing experience. This means that even if you are an accomplished sailor, if you have not previously studied the theory, you need to complete the IYT Watchkeeper / Flotilla Skipper course before enrolling for IYT Bareboat Skipper. There is a significant theoretical component that is learnt in our air conditioned classrooms. The Bareboat Skipper course is a hands-on course that teaches you by getting you out there on the water and practicing what you have just learnt (in our superb tropical island setting). Our experienced and patient instructors will guide you through the course, ensuring you have a rewarding and enjoyable experience as you learn.

Theory of Navigation and Seamanship

  • Management of a vessel- Responsibilities of the Skipper - crew management; planning; safety briefing. The Skippers Operational Checklist
  • Tides and Currents- causes and effects of tide; tide tables, diamonds, tidal streams atlas; rule of twelfths
  • Chartwork- fixing position; dead reckoning, estimated position; course to steer, record keeping.
  • Safety Briefing- location and use of safety equipment (flares, lifejackets, liferaft, sea-cocks); fire safety; gas safety; preparing to sail
  • Rules of the Road- review of rules; lights, shapes and sound signals; applying collision regulations
  • Meteorology- interpreting a forecast; characteristics of fronts and pressure systems; sea and land breezes; katabatic wind; fog
  • Passage Planning and Pilotage- planning a passage; use of nautical publications; pilotage skills (pilotage plans, clearing bearings, back bearings, etc)

Practical Skippering

  • Rope Work -can tie and knows uses for 6 common sailing knots; safe use of winches, jammers and cleats
  • Sail Handling- good working knowledge of sail hoisting, reefing, dropping; trimming on all points of sail
  • MOB- Man Overboard recovery; picking up a mooring; coming alongside a jetty or pier (routine sailing tacking, gybing, hove to)
  • Marina Manouvres -berthing and unberthing in different wind/tide conditions; use of spring lines
  • Boat Handling- close quarters; using prop-walk and prop-wash, Anchoring
  • Heavy Weather Sailing- understands how to deal with heavy weather, including reefing and seeking refuge
  • Anchoring Considerations- selecting a suitable anchorage; dropping and weighing anchor; knowledge of different types of anchor
  • Dinghy Tender Operation-can drive a dinghy safely; safe loading, launch and recovery
  • Passage Making- carrying out a passage plan; crew management; navigation underway; practical pilotage;
  • use of electronic instruments, vhf radio
  • Engines-Checks and knowledge of simple servicing and operation

The Bareboat Skipper Course

This is a course that qualifies you to skipper a yacht and charter yachts, world wide. The course is ICC compliant, which means you can apply for the International Certificate of Competence so you can sail or motor in European waters. Students spend the first 2 days of the course learning theory of navigation and a host of other subjects in our air conditioned classroom. We then spend the next 3 days engaged in practical execises on the boat, gaining all the boat handling and practical navigation skills required to be a Bareboat Skipper. Finally it's back to the classroom at the end of the course to sit your theory examination.

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What can I do with this qualification?
The Bareboat Skipper certificate enables you to skipper boats up to 78ft, no more than 20 miles from shore, in fair conditions and daylight hours. In real terms, this allows you to charter boats in some of the world's best cruising locations, including south-east Asia, many Mediterranean countries, and the Caribbean.Once you have passed the Bareboat Skipper course you are eligible to apply for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), there is no additional theory test to sit.

What's your next step?
GO SAILING! Join a club or perhaps Charter a yacht! Find someone who is also keen to get more experience and who would be fun to sail with. When you have at least 400 more miles logged come back and complete your Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate with us. If you would like advice on your next steps, feel free to get in touch with us - we'd be happy to help.

Go Racing or sign up for a learn to race course?
If you really want to improve your sailing, think about taking a learn to race course. You will learn so much about sailing, sail trim and have a lot of fun too. A racing sailor can usually be spotted on a boat in two minutes. They understand the sail setting art and they can often spot wind changes and squalls well before a cruising sailor. Check out our Learn to Race Course!

Additional Details:
  • Chart Work / Navigation
  • Rules of the Road - Good Knowledge
  • Symbols and Abbreviations
  • Compasses - Fixes / Steering / Bearings
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Tides
  • Lights And Shapes
  • Safety
  • Ships Log
  • Anchoring
  • Electronics
  • Engines
  • Passage making
  • Estimated Position
  • Pilotage
  • Crew and Yacht management

Previous experience: IYT Watch Keeper / Flotilla Skipper
Duration: 5 days
Qualifications: IYT Bareboat Skipper
What's included: Safety equipment, Instruction, Yacht, Bottled Water, Fuel and Insurance
What's OptionaliPad, Sailing Gloves, SiA T shirts, SiA Caps and Log Books
What's required: Sun protection. Sun hat. Shorts that cover the knees when sitting are best. Footwear for on-board tennis shoes / trainers / Crocs. Some people like to use gloves. Lightweight wet weather clothing.

We can help you with the following on request:
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfer
  • Motor Bike or Car Rental
  • What to do and where to go in Phuket
Course Dates:
Bareboat Skipper Courses start on

10th - 14th and 24th - 28th of each month

Book 60 days early for a great discount!

Bareboat Skipper Courses start on

10th - 14th and 24th - 28th of each month

Book 60 days early for a great discount!

Only available in Phuket
Bareboat Skipper Courses start on

16th - 20th of each month

Bareboat Skipper Course Prices

Location Duration (days) Early Booking Discount Price
60 Days Before 30 Days Before Full Price
Phuket 5 28,000THB 31,000THB 34,000THB
Palawan 5 790 Euros 875 Euros 960 Euros
Bareboat Skipper Course

Bareboat Skipper Course

Duration: 5 Days