Crew Certificate Syllabus

  • Get to know the yacht
  • Get to know the equipment
  • Understand how it works
  • Understand how to use it
  • Have heaps of fun and go sailing

Overview - International Crew Certificate-IYT Modules 1-6

The Gulf Charter Sailing School International Crew course is an entry level training program for students with little or no experience on yachts. This course provides a solid foundation for beginning sailors to build on. We take a good look at yacht design, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems and the equipment necessary to take a boat to sea. Basic navigation, sailing theory and terminology, knot tying, ropework, sail handling, yacht safety and more. This is definitely a Hands On course and a great way to ‘learn the ropes”. While some IYT courses may have the same syllabus headings, it is important to note that with all courses, the depth of knowledge increases as one progresses through the various modules.

The goal of the IYT Crew course is:

Be an active crew member on board a sailing vessel up to a maximum length of 50ft (15 meters) with a competent captain in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in daylight hours and....

To be able to responsibly skipper a small vessel in familiar enclosed or safe waters, with shore based supervision, in light winds and sea conditions during daylight hours.

What will I learn?

This course assumes that you know nothing about sailing a yacht and covers all the subjects that will enable you to be a useful member of a yacht crew. During the five days you will learn...

  • How a sailing boat works
  • The names and locations of all the parts of the boat and its equipment
  • How to use all the crew managed equipment aboard
  • The effect of the adjustments crew members make to a sailing boat
  • The commands and responses expected to be given to the crew
  • The names and locations of all the parts of the boat and its equipment
  • How to use all the crew managed equipment aboard

Crew Syllabus


  • Nautical Terminology
  • Types of Vessels
  • Parts of the vessel and equipment names
  • Safety equipment:
  • - life jackets, life rafts, safety harness, flares, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, VHF radio
  • Relative direction:
  • - fore and aft, bow and stern, ahead, abeam and astern, port and starboard, windward leeward

Nautical Knowledge

  • Hull forms and stability
  • Seaworthiness and Stability Factors
  • Displacement hull and planing hulls
  • Monohulls and multihulls

Ropes and Rope work

  • Types of ropes, qualities, advantages and uses
  • Learn to tie an know the use of the following knots:
  • - round turn and two half hitches, clove hitch, figure of eight stop knot, bowline.

Basic Rules of the Road

  • Study Rules 4-19
  • Collision avoidance
  • lights
  • shapes and sounds afloat

Introduction to Weather

  • Sources of weather forecasts
  • Importance of Weather for yachtsmen, to sail or not to sail


  • Course consideration of hazards, tidal gates, daylight hours etc
  • Waypoints located and plotted
  • Bearings calculated for each waypoint including allowance for variation
  • Distance between way points
  • Time to reach each waypoint at estimated average speed
  • Total journey time
  • Expected tidal currents during the passage
  • Expected wind during the passage
  • Calculate probable impact of current and wind direction on proposed course and journey time
  • Estimated position plotting

Charts and Compass

  • Introduction to chart work instruments
  • Compass types and their uses
  • Steering a course and taking a bearing
  • Basic three position fixed with a hand bearing compass
  • Heading or Course to steer and distance

Sails and Sail Handling

  • Theory of flight
  • Theory of aerodynamics on a sail
  • Explanation of how a sail works
  • Parts of the rigging standing and running
  • Sail types and their uses
  • Selection of headsails and furlers

Boat handling under sail/power

  • Effects of wind, tide and currents
  • Basic Maneuvering
  • Man overboard (MOB)
  • Anchors and Anchoring

Marine Manners, Customs and Etiquette

  • Courtesies in Marinas and anchorages, vessels alongside and prevention of unnecessary noise
  • Safety of vessel and crew
  • Responsibilities of Captain and Watchkeeper
  • Crews duties and responsibilities
  • Sail types and their uses

Dinghy Operation

  • Types and their advantages
  • Engines and their features
  • Fuelling, spares and maintenance
  • Safety equipment
  • Care of crew
  • Operations, load constraints, weight distribution, stability, balance

Additional practical

Vessel safety checks

  • Location of skin fittings, through hulls and sea cocks
  • Engine warning lights and alarms
  • Emergency stop of runaway engine - fuel cut off etc
  • Deck Seamanship
  • Slipping from a mooring to
  • - an alongside berth
  • - a mooring buoy

Sails and sail handling

  • Types and their advantages
  • Bending on, hoisting, lowering and reefing mainsail
  • Handling and coordination of the mainsheet and Jib Sheets
  • Sail control, effect of halyards outhauls, topping lift, kicking straps and vangs
  • Sail trim tension, adjustment of kicking straps and vangs

Sailing Vessel Handling Skills

  • Steering, tacking, Gibing, turning upwind, luffing up, bearing away, trim
  • Sail a triangular course
  • Sail a compass course
  • Heaving To and Lying ahull
  • MOB, anchoring, pick up a mooring buoy

Under Power

  • Prop effect when ahead or astern
  • Rudder effect - rudder and prop effect
  • Steer a triangular compass course
  • Steer a compass course
  • MOB, anchoring, pick up a mooring buoy

New course Structure for 2017

As of January 2017 the IYT course structure no longer includes the Watchkeeper course. Instead, the Crew and Bareboat Skipper courses have been expanded to include this content.

Ko Chang Flotilla
This has to be one of the best cocktail bars there is, check the view...
Ko Chang Ao Salakpet
Big sky, from our base at Ko Chang, taken by Royal Siam View Photographer.
Ko Mak resort
Ko Mak Resort Bungalow, sometimes its nice to stay ashore, sent by "French John".
Ko Mak, things to do
Ko Mak Resort Restaurant, excellent fresh seafood, sent by "French John".
Ko Kham Resort, off Ko Mak
Ko Kham Resort,"I just did not want leave", said Dave Fosset, UK.
Ko Kham Resort, swing foreground
Ko Kham Resort, "... nor did my family, we all loved the Prout 39ft", said Dave Fosset, UK.