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Included: Sailing skipper course: theory and practice • 10 Nights/11 Days 4 or 5 Star Hotel • Single accommodation • Daily Breakfast • 2 day access to a Mineral hot swimming pool • On-site Host •

Not Included: Airfare • Airport Transfers • Ground Transfers • Trip Insurance (required)

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What you'll learn

Theoretical

  • Taking over a vessel: Hull and rig checks, machinery and systems checks, instrument checks, safety equipment checks.
  • Meteorology: Sources of information, personal observation, weather patterns, sea and land breezes, cloud types and formations, precipitation and fog.
  • Pilotage and passage planning: Pilot books, almanacs and information sources, passage planning considerations, navigating a coastal passage, passage strategy, port regulations, pilotage plans.
  • Vessel handling: Anchoring mooring and MOB, berthing and leaving a berth, handling in confined areas with and against cross currents.
  • Chartwork: Review of position fixing and running fixes, course to steer to counteract a current, effect of tide and plotting the effect of tides and currents.
  • Collision Regulations: Review of collision regulations, lights, sound and shapes, application of the regulations.

 

Practical

  • Vessel Check-out: Hull and rig checks, machinery and systems checks, instrument checks, safety equipment checks, fuel and water capacity.
  • Responsibilities of Captain/Skipper: Communication with crew, delegation of crew seamanship general deck work, ropes, knots and splices, care and use of lines.
  • Vessel Handling: Anchoring, mooring and MOB, berthing and leaving a birth, handling in confined areas, handling with and against cross currents.

Table of content

The Exam and Skipper license

Option 1

Option #1

ISSA certification

  • Internationally recognized certificate.
  • High Standard of education.
  • Quantity educational materials.
  • Professional instruction.
  • Specific goals and training for each level of the program.

Mediterranean port authorities and global yacht charter companies recognize and accept the ISSA sailing license – as valid for skippering a yacht on a bareboat charter.

FAQ

What is ISSA?

The International Sailing School Association is an association of sailors, professional sailing instructors, sailing schools and charter companies. The ISSA is dedicated to promoting safe recreational sailing in the around the world by administering an internationally recognized education system.

Minimum age is 18 years old. You don’t need any certificate for ISSA Inshore skipper course.
An ISSA Instructor will run the course. At the last day of your skipper training you will have an examination.

What are the advantages of certification?

ISSA certification provides:

  • Internationally recognized certificate.
  • High Standard of education.
  • Quantity educational materials.
  • Professional instruction.
  • Specific goals and training for each level of the program.

What is a Skipper certification card?

Once you have completed your certification, you will receive an ISSA certification card! The card has details of your certification level and date, along with you and your instructor’s name and number.

Does a Skipper certification expire?

ISSA license is a lifetime.

Does a Skipper certification expire?

ISSA license is a lifetime.

What certifications do I need to charter?

Every charter company has their own standards to qualify prospective charterers. Some may accept the ISSA Inshore Skipper certification alone but most will also ask for resumes of experience. The ISSA Inshore Skipper certification will show the charter company that you have received formal training and have passed a rigorous program with specific standards.

Charter companies look at a variety of variables in qualifying a charterer: experience, certifications, size of boat being applied for, charter area and conditions, and the experience and certifications of crew members.

Option 2

Option #2

NauticEd certification

NauticEd International Sailing Education is recognized by the United States Coast Guard as a sailing education body delivering practical ON-THE-WATER training as well as theory coursework all meeting the American National Standards EDU-3. Additionally, all Mediterranean port authorities and global yacht charter companies recognize and accept the NauticEd sailing license – the SLC – as valid for skippering a yacht on a bareboat charter.

FAQ

What is NauticEd?

NauticEd International Sailing Education is recognized by the United States Coast Guard as a sailing education body delivering practical ON-THE-WATER training as well as theory coursework all meeting the American National Standards EDU-3. Additionally, all Mediterranean port authorities and global yacht charter companies recognize and accept the NauticEd sailing license – the SLC – as valid for skippering a yacht on a bareboat charter.

What are the advantages of certification?

ISSA certification provides:

  • Online, at home, in your own time multimedia theory learning integrates perfectly with on-the-water practical teaching to make you a confident and competent sailor.
  • Quite frankly, there are too many organizations “selling” certifications. This endangers the holder of those certifications, their friends, their family, close by boaters, and charter-boat vessels. This practice raises insurance rates for the responsible sailors, soaks up search and rescue resources, and gives false confidence to poorly trained and inexperienced sailors.NauticEd takes a stand for quality and ensures its students are confident and competent. Thus, the SLC. It is a verification of the Sailing License and Credentials of a worthy sailor.This means that the holder of an SLC has:
    • a valid national government boating endorsed license
    • sufficient documented on-the-water sailing experience; on a properly sized vessel
    • recent documented on-the-water sailing experience
    • been assessed to the ICC standard for on-the-water sailing competence
    • completed and passed at least 40 hours of theory study including Coastal and Electronic Navigation
    • completed a 100-question test on all aspects of skippering, sailing, bareboat chartering, and navigation
    • authentic credentials; all data is secured and verified online through this portal

    Finally, the SLC exceeds any other international required standard for bareboat chartering. You should extend any bareboat chartering courtesy possible to the holder.

    Enter the SLC number of the card holder above to view and verify their Sailing License and Credentials as well their full sailing resume.

What is a Skipper certification card?

Once you have completed your certification, you will receive an NauticEd certification card! The card has details of your certification level and date, along with you and your instructor’s name and number.

Does a Skipper certification expire?

The NauticEd license is a lifetime.

What certifications do I need to charter?

Ask any yacht charter company and they all will tell you that they require a complete sailing resume; not a certification. NauticEd helps build and store your sailing resume in the cloud – for FREE.

The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) and the Sailing License and Credentials (SLC) are internationally accepted licenses for skippers wanting to charter recreational yachts in European waters.