Sailing Credentials

LeaderSail offers a number of sailing certifications, from International Crew to Yachtmaster Coastal. The certifications are obtained from International Yacht Training (IYT), and are recognized worldwide. All LeaderSail voyages offer students the opportunity to earn sailing credentials. Most of our programs are designed to include both beginners with no previous sailing experience, as well as returning students working on more advanced certifications. Throughout the voyage or voyages, the students will develop the knowledge and skills required to progress through the IYT credentialing levels. For more information on IYT certifications, visit the IYT website.

International Crew Certificate

This beginning course offers an introduction to boating and qualifies the holder to act as an active crew member on a vessel up to 78 ft in length, in daylight hours and in coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore.

VHF Radio Operator Certificate

The VHF Radio Operator course ensures a thorough understanding of maritime radio communication at sea. It is intended for all marine environments and follows international standards for professional certification.

International Certificate of Competency

The ICC qualification is generally the minimum certification required to charter a boat. However, many boat charter companies in the EU now require the Flotilla Skipper or Bareboat Skipper certifications.

Floatilla Skipper/International Watchkeeper

Although not a prerequisite, this course is a good way to complete the entry requirements for the Bareboat Skipper certificate. Recommended prerequisites include the International Crew and VHF Radio Operator certificates.

International Bareboat Skipper

The Bareboat Skipper certification qualifies the holder to charter a boat in the Mediterranean, West Indies and most other locations. Prerequisites include VHF Radio Operator certification, 10 days at sea, and 200 nautical miles of sailing experience.

Yachtmaster Coastal

The Yachtmaster Coastal is a comprehensive live-aboard course consisting of six days of sailing and a final examination. Candidates must demonstrate that they have sufficient ability to handle, dock, and anchor the boat with a required level of confidence.