SailQuest Youth Sailing Program

International Yacht Training (IYT) Certificates

SailQuest Sailing School is a partner school with International Yacht Training (IYT) and will issue internationally recognized certificates on their behalf to qualified sailors. Students who complete the Youth Program - IYT CREW course will receive the IYT International Crew certificate. Students who complete the Youth Program - IYT SKIPPER course will receive the IYT International Bareboat Skipper's and IYT VHF Radio Operator's certificates.

IYT Crew/Skipper Certificate Details:


SailQuest IYT International Crew Course

This certificate is included in the Youth Program - IYT CREW course. This five day entry level "Learn to Sail" course is the place to get started with the SailQuest Youth Sailing Program. The SailQuest IYT Crew certificate is a certificate of excellence for those candidates who wish to train to become an active crew member on a power or sailing yacht.

Certificate Limitations

  • Crew on 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

It is the level of competence that someone needs either when acting as watch keeping crew on a yacht and as a skipper of a small yacht in protected waters where help is immediately available in calm conditions.

Course Outline

  • Nautical terminology
  • Safety briefing
  • Passage planning
  • Rope work
  • Basic rules of the road
  • Introduction to weather
  • Basic sail handling
  • Basic handling under power
  • Man overboard procedures
  • Vessel equipment and instruments
  • Engine checks and maintenance
  • Deck seamanship
  • Sailing vessels handling skills
  • Sailing vessels under power
  • Power vessel handling skills
  • Dingy handling under power

SailQuest IYT International Bareboat Skipper Course

This certificate is included in the Youth Program - IYT SKIPPER course. This advanced five day sailing course is not for beginners and the entry level requirement is the SailQuest IYT CREW certificate. The SailQuest IYT Bareboat Skipper's certificate is a certificate of excellence for those candidates who wish to take command of a yacht and be qualified to charter, operate and own a yacht in locations around the world.

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. 

Certificate Limitations

  • 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
  • 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

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
  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • Considerations when planning a passage
  • Routine for navigating a coastal passage
  • Passage strategy
  • 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
  • Position fixing, three point fixes
  • Collision regulations
  • Lights, shapes and sounds
  • Application of the regulations
  • Advanced dingy handling

 IYT VHF Radio Operator certificate

This certificate is included in the Youth Program - IYT SKIPPER course. The IYT Marine Communications course (Very High Frequency – Short Range Certificate) is recognized by the Republic of the Marshall Islands and accepted by the MCA. This certificate is required and accepted in many parts of the world when operating and/or chartering a yacht. It is designed to ensure a thorough understanding of maritime radio communication at sea. It is intended for all marine environments and follows International standards.The course provides VHF Radio and SRC training for the entire spectrum of VHF radio communications for recreational and professional boating. Students will learn how on board radios and handheld radios, EPIRBs, SARTs, AIS and DSC-enabled radios, are used effectively in marine communications.

SailQuest Update - Response to Corona Virus/COVID-19

As I am sure you are aware, the Corona Virus/COVID-19 is creating international travel issues. At this time, however, it is business as usual at SailQuest Sailing School and all scheduled course dates and sailing events are still running as scheduled. It is a great time of year for sailing here in the Gulf of Thailand!

To keep updated on the situation in Thailand and restrictions regarding incoming visitors,  see the Thailand Department of Disease Control website. Travelers should also be aware of any warnings or restrictions that may be posted in the country you will return to following your SailQuest dates.

This situation will certainly effect some who have already booked course or event dates or those who may be thinking of doing so. The SailQuest refund and re-schedule policy remains the same as always. If for any reason you need to cancel  your booking, we will issue a full refund of your booking deposit or full payment, minus any bank transfer fees. Or we can hold your payment and you can re-schedule to more convenient dates as your schedule allows.

We are also implementing a daily temperature check policy for instructors and students and encouraging continued good hygiene practices for all. Anyone who is not feeling well or showing symptoms… please stay home!

These are tough times for travelers and business owners alike, but we are all trying to make the best of it.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Good health and Happy Sailing!

Capt. Tim & the SailQuest team

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