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International Flotilla Skipper

Course Description

This is  a five day course aimed at increasing a student’s knowledge sufficiently to be a watchkeeper or a flotilla skipper.

Joining a “flotilla” is a fun and exciting way to learn how to confidently skipper a charter yacht for the very first time. A group of boats sail together (flotilla) along a set route, with a “lead boat”  in charge, overseeing the safety of all the boats where all the boats are within range of a VHF radio call if required.

Before departing in the morning, a route is planned for the day with a set destination for the evenings so that all the boats can anchor or tie up to a mooring buoy (before dark) for the night. Generally speaking, flotillas are restricted to passages close to shore , in fair weather and in good visibility.

They are usually followed in the evenings by a beach bar-b-que or dinner together in a social atmosphere where students can swap stories and learn from each other. It is a great way to make new friends and build your confidence, while still enjoying the freedom of being in command of your own vessel with your family and friends.

The recommended entry level requirements for the IYT International Flotilla Skipper course, are the IYT International Crew Course>> and the IYT Marine Communications VHF/SRC radio operator’s course>>.

Check in time

9:30

Pre-Requisites

16 years of age
?
Basic knowledge of navigation
?

What's included?

Food onboard
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Night sailing
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Private bunk
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Sail on a Nautor Swan 411
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Accommodation onboard
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Optionals

Private course
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➞ Combine this course with a sailing expedition!

What does this mean? Instead of doing this course in a fixed location, you can optionally opt to do it while being part of a sailing expedition with our partners in Atlantic Explorers! If you are searching for adventure and a unique learning experience, you should check this out.

Available combinations:

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Before booking any of our expeditions, please make sure to have read all the relevant information showed above and understand all conditions that may apply when joining a sailing expedition. For a better experience onboard for all crew members, some basic rules should be understood and followed. You can find them in this links:

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Upcoming dates for this course

2021
Jul
6
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10
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Course Booking Form

International Flotilla Skipper
starting on
July 6, 2021

Please fill this form in order to book a place in our course! After completing, please wait up to 48 hours for further information and booking confirmation.

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Structure of the course

The following are the main subjects to be taught during this course. After completion, the student should be competent at them at an acceptable level:

The following are the main subjects to be taught during this course. After completion, the student should be competent at them at an acceptable level:

  • 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

If you want to know more details about the course outline and subjects, please contact us here.

Requirements

Some of our courses require some qualifications or previous experience from the candidate due to the nature the course.

This are the pre-requirements to book and join this course:

16 years of age
?
Basic knowledge of navigation
?

If you want to know more details about certifications and proven experience onboard, please contact us here.

Downloadable resources

Use this documents to start learning and preparing your course. Please note that you should go through all this information before you start your course with us.

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