Competent Crew info2019-10-08T10:54:30+07:00

Competent Crew info

IYT International Competent Crew (Sail)

This 5 day Crew Sailing course is a certificate for those candidates who wish to become an active crew member on a sailing yacht. At the end of this course you will be able to crew on a sailing 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 5 day course is the minimum 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. During the course you will learn the following subjects and put them to use on an overnight stay on board the yacht at a nearby tropical Island.

Pattaya or Phuket?

The biggest driver for choosing one location over another will be the course schedule dates. We have offset the starting date of the course at each location in order to offer students more flexibility in starting dates.

Whether you attend our Sailing School in Phuket or Pattaya, the course curriculum, structure and qualification obtained are the same.

The primary difference between Pattaya and Phuket is that at our Sailing School in Phuket the course fee includes residence-style, shared twin room accommodation and meals, whereas in Pattaya the student is required to provide their own accommodation and meals.


  • Minimum 14 years old
  • Physically fit
Duration: 5 days

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Course Details

Day 1 Classroom

  • Nautical terminology
  • Safety briefing, personal safety equipment and safety equipment on board.
  • Passage planning, crew rest, duties on watch, personal health
  • Lunch
  • Basic international regulations for preventing collisions at sea.
  • Introduction to weather
  • Basic sail handling, points of sail, tacking and gybing
  • Evening snacks & drinks by the water, by Island Spirit Sailing School

Day 2 on board

  • Rope work, common knots used on board, tying up to the dock.
  • Deck gear, sail handling, tacking & gybing,
  • Lunch on board
  • Man overboard procedures
  • Tacking and gybing,
  • Navigation instruments
  • Maneuvering under power, effects of prop walk and prop wash
  • Crew’s role when berthing and leaving the berth

Day 3 on board

  • Close quarters maneuvering and docking, picking up a mooring,
  • Lunch on board
  • Steering a compass course
  • Tacking & gybing
  • Reefing for heavy weather
  • Berthing

Day 4 on board

  • Ready boat
  • Depart the Marina for a sail around local Islands
  • Colregs, compass fixes, introduction to charts, tacking & gybing
  • Lunch on board
  • Sailing drills, anchoring – Koh Chang, knots, dinghy use
  • Dinner On Shore

Day 5 on board

  • Breakfast on board
  • Sailing drills students alternating roles, verbal revision for exam
  • Lunch on board On Board
  • Crew Exam onboard
  • Return to the Marina and disperse
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