Bareboat Skipper Certificate

Course Content

Two full weeks training at sea and you can have your skippers license. No more miles, no more waiting.

To obtain this certificate candidates are required to have logged a total of 200 nautical miles and 10 days at sea. This is a certificate of competence for those candidates who wish to take command of their own yachts confidently and safely or for those who wish to safely charter a small Yacht for their family vacation.


The Bareboat skipper course abord our own training vessel Ocean Wind will give you this required seatime during two weeks at sea. There are no previous requirements for this course but we consider small boat sailing to be the best preparation. Understanding how the wind and sails work on a small scale will make your experience more enjoyable. If you live in Switzerland then contact our friends at the Segelschule Thunersee. Or contact your local sailing school. In certain cases, for those who have previous experience at sea, there is the possibility to complete the course in less time, but the material must be well understood as there will not be much time to go over it or to practice.

The course covers command of a vessel up to a maximum length of 65 ft /18 metres and its crew in coastal waters up to a distance of 20 miles offshore in daylight hours and in fair conditions with moderate wind and sea conditions (wind of less than force 6 and less than 3 metre waves). Each candidate will be required to take command of the vessel in all situations and be able to plan a passage using all information available.


IYT Worldwide will accept prior learning from other recognized yachting establishments for those who wish to apply for recognition towards the International Bareboat Captain/Skipper Certificate Examination.

The Bareboat Skipper certificate is a coastal sailing license, not a commercial licence or an offshore license. Ocean Wind does not offer these courses at the moment. Further qualifications (including commercial certificates) can be obtained from International Yacht Training Worldwide.