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International Bareboat Skipper Training

The International Bareboat Skipper course is, at minimum, 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 recommended minimum age to obtain this certification is 18. Note: With MissElle we usually recommend a 7 or even 10  day period that can be combined with a vacation break.

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

  • Weather patterns

  • Sea and land breezes

  • Cloud types and formations

  • Pilotage and passage planning

  • Considerations when planning a passage

  • Routine for navigating a coastal passage

  • Passage strategy

  • Port regulations, customs, immigration


  • Pilotage 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

  • Collision regulations

  • Lights, shapes and sounds

  • Application of the regulations

  • Advanced dingy handling

IYT’s 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.

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