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ISSA’s Mission is to

Promote Yachting

in the regions, areas and among people where it is not popular yet. This is an excellent activity for individuals and families. Helps to develop respect to other people and nature.

Educate

those who decided to occupy themselves with water sports. Water sport activities provide a lot of fun but we need to obtain some preparation to enjoy it to a full extent.

Standardise

training worldwide. We are committed to assist the ISSA schools to maintain the highest and most modern standards of education. We are also open to help those who are not associated. With safety being the main priority.

Exchange

Cultural Experiences between various countries. As an organisation present on most of the continents we aim to contribute to mutual understanding of people originating from different cultures.

Sailways SA: ISSA accreditation

Sailways SA works in partnership with “ISSA”, the International Sailing School Association and holds an ISSA accreditation since 2015, which means we are eligible to provide sailing lessons and issue Issa certificates. 

Courses

We provide sail training courses with highly experienced skippers and manages to prepare our students with the right set of skills and knowledge. We offer high-level seamanship courses and professional training while offering an opportunity for everyone that would like skipper for a profession or just holidays.

Certifications

Further, on the site, you will find the different certifications and training which are offered and you can request further information about the one that suits you the most.

What is better than having the joy of managing a yacht by yourself and being one with the sea?

About ISSA

ISSA is a non-profit international association which provides a framework of common standards of quality and safety for sailing and windsurfing schools throughout the world. The ISSA standards apply equally to the certification of students completing sailing and windsurfing courses at all levels of ability. All ISSA sailing and windsurfing instructors are trained to the same of levels of competence.

Levels of ISSA sailing Certificates

Sail Training

Dinghy Junior Levels 1, 2, 3
Keelboat Junior Levels 1, 2, 3
Yacht Crew
Inshore Skipper
Offshore Skipper
Master of Yacht

Power Boat Training

Boat Master
Yacht Crew
Inshore Power Skipper
Offshore Power Skipper
Master of Power Yacht

Extra Skill Training

Inland Skipper Instructor
Inland Power Skipper Instructor Course
Inshore Power Skipper Instructor Course
Inshore Skipper Instructor Course
SRC Marine Radio Instructor Course
Rescue Skipper Training

Certification Recognition Map

Sail Training

Dinghy Levels 1, 2, 3

Experience required prior training: None
Certification required prior training: None
Who can run the training: ISSA Instructor or minimum Offshore Skipper
Who can do the examination: ISSA Instructor or minimum Offshore Skipper
How to submit the application: Only through authorized ISSA school

Skills and knowledge required for a Keelboat Level 1

1. Can sail a dinghy, without an instructor, in light winds.
2. Knows the Collision Regulations.
3. Wears appropriate clothing and buoyancy.
4. Can rig, reef, and launch a dinghy.
5. Can balance the boat, a) using body weight b) using the sheet.
6. Can identify reaching, can turn, and ‘slalom’ back to departure point.
7. On a reach, can accelerate and decelerate with the sheet only.
8. Can accelerate and decelerate with the tiller, trimming sails appropriately.
9. Can sail close-hauled, and tack.
10. Running: can balance the boat using the tiller, and can gybe.
11. Can stop the boat on a reach, close-hauled, and from a run.
12. Can prepare for towing.
13. Can recover a capsized dinghy.
14. Can tie a figure of eight knot, and a round turn & two half hitches.
15. Knows about weather forecasts, and sail aerodynamics.

Skills and knowledge required for a Keelboat Level 2

1. Can plane a dinghy, in moderate wind and wave conditions.
2. On a run, can maintain a constant angle of heel without body movement, spinnaker (optional) correctly trimmed.
3. Can reach with a constant angle of heel.
4. Can trapeze and hike smoothly.
5. Can stop, reverse 2 boat lengths, and re-start on a pre-determined tack.
6. Can tack and replicate trim and heel.
7. Can gybe reach to reach with spinnaker (optional)
8. Can beat within a corridor.
9. Can tie a bowline and heat seal rope ends.
10. Can recover an inverted dinghy.
11. Can release a trapeze harness
12. Can reduce sail afloat.
13. Can interpret weather forecasts.
14. Knows about, points of sailing, buoyage, lee shores, tides, overhead power lines, anchors, boat maintenance.
15. Plus level 1 criteria

Skills and knowledge required for a Keelboat Level 3

1. Can plane a dinghy in strong wind conditions.
2. Can tune a dinghy, centreboard, mast rake, vang, Cunningham, outhaul, barber haulers.
3. Can roll tack and gybe
4. Can sail backwards.
5. Can sail without a rudder.
6. Can detect wind shifts.
7. Can mark round accurately.
8. Able to start at correct end of line.
9. Can cover and lee bow another dinghy
10. Can determine local weather patterns and wind strategy.
11. Knows Sailing Instructions, and the Racing Rules of Sailing.
12. Plus levels 1 & 2 criteria

Keelboat Levels 1, 2, 3

Experience required prior training: None
Certification required prior training: None
Who can run the training: ISSA Instructor or minimum Offshore Skipper
Who can do the examination: ISSA Instructor or minimum Offshore Skipper
How to submit the application: Only through authorized ISSA school

Skills and knowledge required for a Keelboat Level 1

1. Can sail a keelboat under instruction, in light winds, respecting the collision regulations, and paying attention to balance and trim.
2. Wears appropriate clothing and buoyancy.
3. Can rig and reef a keelboat.
4. Can identify reaching, can turn, and slalom back to departure point.
5. Can use a winch and trim sails on all points of sailing.
6. Can sail close hauled, and tack.
7. Can run, and gybe.
8. Can stop the boat on a reach, close-hauled, and from a run.
9. Can pick up a mooring.
10. Can sail alongside a jetty.
11. Can anchor.
12. Can prepare for towing.
13. Can tie a figure of eight knot and a bowline.
14. Knows; sources of weather forecasts, and sail aerodynamics.
15. Understands the importance of the crew working as a team.
16. Knows the procedure for man overboard.

Skills and knowledge required for a Keelboat Level 2

1. Can sail a keelboat in moderate winds.
2. Knows about keelboat rigs and equipment.
3. Can sail a compass course.
4. Knows the Collision Regulations
5. Knows about sources of pilotage information, and how to use them.
6. Can gybe reach to reach with spinnaker (optional)
7. Can beat within a corridor.
8. Can tie a bowline and heat seal rope ends.
9. Can reef afloat.
10. Can interpret weather forecasts.
11. Knows about, points of sailing, buoyage, lee shores, overhead power lines, anchors, boat maintenance.
12. Knows about tides, sources of information and how to calculate local tides.
13. Is aware of emergency procedures and First Aid afloat
14. Plus level 1 criteria

Skills and knowledge required for a Keelboat Level 3

1.Can sail a keelboat in strong winds.
2.Competent at man overboard procedure.
3.Can demonstrate crew organisation, to perfect manoeuvres.
4.Can detect wind shifts.
5.Can equip and maintain a keelboat.
6.Knows what to do in the event of a stranding.
7.Can plan a passage.
8.Can demonstrate an alternative means of propulsion.
9.Can mark round accurately
10.Is able to start at the correct end of the line
11.Can cover and lee bow another keelboat
12.Can determine local weather patterns and wind strategy
13.Knows Sailing Instructions and the Racing Rules of Sailing.
14.Plus levels 1 & 2 criteria

Yacht Crew

Experience required prior training: None
Certification required prior training: None
Minimum age required: 10 years old
Suggested number of training hours: 20 hours (minimum 3 days)
Who can run the training: ISSA Instructor or minimum Offshore Skipper
Who can do the examination: ISSA Instructor or minimum Offshore Skipper
How to submit the application: Only through authorized ISSA school

ISSA Yacht Crew – Student Handbook (Download PDF)

Skills and knowledge required for a Yacht Crew

Yacht’s construction

1. Knows the basic parts of yacht and what are they designed for:
a. Cockpit
b. Bildge
c. Heads
d. Galley
e. Bow
f. Stern, aft etc.
g. Boom
h. Mast
i. Rigging
j. Haulyards

2. Can operate elementary yacht’s systems:
a. Toilet
b. Gass oven
c. Sink
d. Shower

3. Can fill up the water and diesel tanks

4. Can operate the inboard engine
a. Start it
b. Switch it off
c. Check whether cooling system works
d. Inspection before starting

Line and spring handling

1. Can combine two lines of the same and different diameter
2. Can make:
a. Bowline
b. Fast a line on a cleat
c. Fishermen’s bend
d. Coil mooring lines

3. Can:
a. Hand over
b. Take
c. Make fast on cleat
d. Let go mooring lines

4. Can describe different ways of taking a mooring.

Handling sail sheets and haulyards

1. Can:
a. Set and bring down the sails
b. Reef down and shake off the reefs

Handling fenders

1. Can:
a. Fix them by applying adequate knots
b. effectively operate the manouvering fender

Operating the anchor.

1. Can:
a. Prepare anchor for weighing (switches and controls)
b. Operate the windlass (letting out and taking in the chain)

Operating the dinghy.

1. Can:
a. Take the dinghy off the deck and pull it in onto the deck
b. Secure the dinghy to the yacht
c. Use paddles effectively
d. Secure the dinghy to the deck

Safety.

1. Can:
a. Safely move arround the deck
b. Use the safety equipement
c. Use the distress singalling equipment (pirotechnics, mirror, flags etc.)
d. Use the fire fighting equipment (fire extinguishers – with consideration of various types available, fire

blanket)
e. Apply various methods to make a distress signal (at least 4 methods)

Other skills

1. Can:
a. Keep observation of the sailing area and pass over information about the direction and distance to objects
b. Knows the lights of their own yacht in the night
c. Make adequate signals in fog
d. Effectively hold the helm

Inshore Skipper

Experience required prior training: At least 1 sailing cruise
Certification required prior training: None
Minimum age required: 16 years old
Suggested number of training hours: 50 hours
Who can run the training: ISSA Instructor
Who can do the examination: ISSA Instructor
How to submit the application: To authorized ISSA school only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISSA Inshore Skipper – Student Textbook (Download PDF)

Scope of required knowledge and skills (Inshore Skipper)

Yacht’s construction

1. Knows the basic parts of yacht and what are they designed for:
a. Cockpit
b. Bildge
c. Heads
d. Galley
e. Bow
f. Stern, aft etc.
g. Boom
h. Mast
i. Rigging
j. Haulyards

2. Can operate elementary yacht’s systems:
a. Toilet
b. Gass oven
c. Sink
d. Shower

3. Can fill up the water and diesel tanks

4. Can operate the inboard engine
a. Start it
b. Switch it off
c. Check whether cooling system works
d. Inspection before starting
e. Top up engine oil
f. Check cooling fluid level
g. Top up cooling fuel level
h. Control the tension of V-belt on engine
i. Find bottom valves
j. Recognize the breakdown of impeller in cooling system and possibly replace it
k. Check whether alternator is charging batteries when engine is working.

5. Knows elementary yacht equipment
a. Boom
b. Mast (with various methods of sail reefing)
c. Rigging
d. Haulyards
e. Echosounder (location, operation, typical errors);
f. Log
g. Steering system
h. Keel

Can name the points of sail in relation to wind

Operating sail sheets and haulyards

1. Can:
a. Manage crew to set and bring down the sails
b. Manage the crew to reef down and shake off the reefs
c. Adjust sails depending on the point of sails
d. Make a tack
e. Make a gybe

Line and spring handling

1. Can combine two lines of the same and different diameter
2. Can make:
a. Bowline
b. Fast a line on a cleat
c. Fishermen’s bend
d. Coil mooring lines
3. Can:
a. Pass, take, make fast on cleat, let go mooring lines
b. Throw mooring lines
c. Describe different ways of taking a mooring

Handling fenders

1. Can:
a. Fix them by applying adequate knots
b. effectively operate the manouvering fender

Operating the anchor

1. Can:
a. Prepare anchor for weighing (switches and controls)
b. Operate the windlass (control the letting out and pulling in the chain)
c. Select safe location for staying at anchor
d. Apply rules for safe anchoring (4xdepth, anchor alarm/watch)
e. Distinguish different types of anchors and their characteristics

Handling the dinghy

1. Can:
a. Take the dinghy off the deck and pull it in onto the deck
b. Secure the dinghy to the yacht
c. Paddle
d. Secure the dinghy to the yacht deck
e. Install the outboard engine on the yacht (for storage) and on the dinghy (for work)
f. Connect the fuel system to the outboard engine
g. Start and switch off the outboard engine

Safety

1. Can perform the safety briefing under the deck:
a. Gas system
b. Toilet operation
c. Fire fighting equipment
d. Water supply system
e. Electric system

 

2. Can perform the safety briefing on deck:
a. How to move on deck
b. How to apply personnal safety equipment (harness, jackstay, etc.)
c. Apply distress singalling equipment (pirotechnics, flags, etc.)
d. Liferaft
e. Different methods to send distress signal
f. Make a distress call with help of VHF
g. Knows procedures to be applied in restricted visibility
h. Basic knowledge about SAR procedures (RIB, helicopter)
i. First Aid Kit (location and content)

Handling yacht under Power

1. Can:
a. Manouver a yacht under power
b. Approach a MOB
c. Take a berth/leave a berth (longside, stern-to, bow-to)
d. Weigh anchor

Yacht handling under sails

1. Can:
a. Heave-to
b. Approach MOB – as emergency manouver
c. Approach a bouy/ weigh anchor – as emergency manouver

International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea

1. Knows the navigation shapes and lights:
a. Vessel not under command
b. Vessel restricted in ability to manouver
c. Vessel engaged in fishing
d. Vessel aground
e. Pilot vessel
f. Towing set
g. Sailing yacht
h. Power driven vessel
2. Knows the vessels’ priority at sea
3. Knows how to proceed in a „close encounter” situation
4. Is familiar and complies with the requiremet for continues observation
5. Is familiar with other legal obligations of a skipper and crew
6. Is familiar with and understands after-collission rules applicable at sea

Navigational Aids

1. Knows, understands and is able to recognize latteral and smaller channel marks at day time in system IALA A and B
2. Knows, understands and is able to recognize cardinal marks and other navigational marks (safe water mark, isolated danger mark) at day time
3. Is able to use the list of marks and symbols used on charts (eg. Chart 5011)
4. Is able to apply navigational publications when planning a port’s entry (pilot books, almanachs, navigational plans)
5. Knows and can recognize light characteristics of Lighthouses/navigational marks

Terrestrial navigation

1. Knows and understands the basic terms from geography:
a. Latitude
b. Longitude
c. Magnetic pole
d. Gegraphic pole
e. Earth’s magnetic field
2. Knows the basic types of sea charts, their construction and application:
a. Mercator’s projection chart (how is it constructed, spreading of parallels, construction parallel)
b. Passage charts, coastal charts, plans
3. Can read elementary information from a chart that is crutial for safe sailing:
a. Depths
b. Distance
c. Navigational obstacles
d. Navigational marks
4. Can read charts/ plot latitude and longitude
5. Knows and understands the phenomenon of Earth’s magnetism, variation and deviation
6. Can use a compass
7. Can calculate, set, read and plot courses on a chart with respect of variation, deviation and leeway
8. Can plot yacht’s position using bearing lines
9. Can plot yacht’s position using the maintained course, distance ran and estimated leeway
10. Can make use of various bearing lines
11. Has general information about tides and tide-related dangers

Eletronic-based navigation

1. Knows how the GPS system works.
2. Can enable and check the elementary settings of GPS and plotter.
3. Can set and read adequate course on GPS.
4. Can plot a position on a chart taken from a GPS.
5. Knows what is AIS, ARPA, VTS.

Meteorology

1. Knows the Beaufort scale and its meaning for small craft.
2. Knows sources of meteo information and how to use them.
3. Has the basic knowledge about high, low pressure areas, fronts.
4. Can recognize cumulonimbus clouds.
5. Understands meteo messages (including those broadcast by radio coastal stations).
6. Can take meteo factors into consideration when planning a passage in a coastal zone.
7. Has the habit not to leave harbour without valid weather forecast.

Other

1. Environmental friendly approach and respect to other yachtsmen.
2. Knows and applies basic pro-environmental rules.
3. Knows and applies social friendly approach at sea and in harbour.

 

Offshore Skipper

Experience required prior training: 28 days at sea as skipper or watch leader in at least 2 voyages, at least in 2 sea areas
Certification required prior training: SRC and First Aid Certificate
Minimum age required: 18 years old
Suggested number of training hours: 40 hours
Who can run the training: ISSA Instructor
Who can do the examination: ISSA Instructor
Examination: 6 hours, including 2 at darkeness. Maximum 3 candidates at a time
How to sibmit the application: To authorized ISSA school only

Scope of required knowledge and skills (Offshore Skipper)

Yacht handling under Power

1. Unberthing/berthing (longside and stern-to)
2. Approaching a mooring buoy
3. Weighing an anchor
4. Recovery of Man Over Board
5. Practical skills

Yacht handling under sails

1. Tacking
2. Gybing
3. Recovery of Man Over Board
4. Practical skills

Dead Reckoning Navigation

1. Definition of DR navigation
2. Running of DR and plotting of DR position
3. Practical skills

Fixing lines

1. Sources of fixing lines (leading lights, bearings, depth contour)
2. Error analysis/ accuracy assessment
3. Practical skills

Magnetic compass

1. Consideration of variation. Change of variation in time and place
2. Siting of compass and reasons for deviation (impact of electronic devices)
3. Consideration of deviation
4. Stationary and handbearing compasses
5. Determination of deviation

Tides

1. Reasons of Tides – Springs and Neaps
2. Tidal Tables
3. Tidal levels and chart datum
4. Time and height of tide in standard ports
5. Secondary ports
6. Anomalies

Tidal currents

1. Tidal current atlases
2. Tidal current diamonds
3. Information about tidal currents in navigation publications
4. Consideration of tidal currents when calculating courses and passage planning
5. Overfalls, tidal races

Buoys and Beacons

1. Navigation marks in IALA A and B
2. Limitation of navigational marks as navigational aid

Lights

1. Characteristics
2. Range – visual and nominal
3. List of lights

Pilotage

1. Harbour specific regulations and signalling systems
2. Planning and strategy to enter/leave a harbour
3. Practical skills to make a pilotage

Echo sounders

1. Operation of manual echosounder
2. Types of echosounders
3. Limitations of echosounders
4. Secondary echoes

Satellite systems

Basic knowledge of satellite systems, their abilities and limitations

Logs (measurement of speed and distance)

Different types and operation

Logbook

1. Logbook as an official document
2. Running of a logbook

Meteorology

1. Basic terms, Beaufort’s scale
2. Air masses
3. Types of clouds
4. Characteristics of weather in specific pressure and front systems
5. Sources of weather forecasts
6. Ability to interpret weather forecasts/ charts, weatherfax
7. Day/night breeze
8. Fog
9. Use of barometer

Anchoring

1. Types of anchors and operation
2. Selection of place to anchor

Collision Regulations

Good knowledge of International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

Safety at sea

1. Personal safety, use of lifejackets, harnesses, jackstays
2. Fire prevention and fighting
3. Distress signals
4. Role of coastguard
5. Preparation to heavy weather
6. Liferafts and recovery by helicopter

International Signalling Code

Rules of application

Navigating in restricted visibility

1. Restricted visibility procedures
2. Limitations for safe navigation

Passage planning

1. Preparation of charts and notes to plan a passage
2. Standard actions when navigating in inshore waters
3. Strategy to plan a passage
4. Use of weather information in passage planning
5. Sources of local and national regulations

Environment protection

Responsibility for environment pollution and sea environment protection

Master of Yacht

Experience required prior training: 60 days at sea as skipper or watch leader in at least 5 voyages, at least in 3 different sea areas, including tidal waters (at least one area), 2 passages over 100 nautical miles as skipper
Certification required prior training: SRC, First Aid Certificate, Sea Survival
Minimum age required: 18 years old
Suggested number of training hours: 40 hours – training covers more exam preparation
Who can run the training: ISSA Instructor who holds MoY certificate
Who can do the examination: ISSA Examiner
Examination: 6 hours, including 2 at darkeness Maximum 3 candidates at a time
How to submit the application: To authorized ISSA school only

Scope of required knowledge and skills (Master of Yacht)

Candidate for Master of Yacht should possess the same knowledge as Offshore Skipper but should be more fluent in applying it.

Apart of that, Master of Yacht should:

  • have proper appearance (dressing and hygiene) and should behave properly (show respect to others)
  • be condifent in his actions;
  • be friendly to his crew;
  • remain calm in all situations and should not escalate stressful situations;
  • have good communication skills with the crew;

Windsurfing Levels 1, 2, 3

Experience required prior training: None

Certification required prior training: None

Who can run the training: ISSA Windsurfing Instructor

Who can do the examination: ISSA Windsurfing Instructor

How to submit the application: Only through authorized ISSA school

Skills and knowledge required for a Windsurf Level 1

  1. Can windsurf in light winds, respecting the Collision Regulations.
  2. Wears a wetsuit and buoyancy aid.
  3. Can rig and launch a windsurfer.
  4. Can hold the rig clear of the water, board at right angles to mast.
  5. Can turn the board 360 degrees in both directions.
  6. Can reach, tack, and return to starting point
  7. Can sail upwind
  8. Can sail downwind and gybe
  9. Can self-rescue.
  10. Knows about weather forecasts and tides.

 

Skills and knowledge required for a Windsurf Level 2

  1. Can windsurf in moderate wind and wave conditions.
  2. Can use a harness
  3. On a run, is aware of wind shifts and adjusts direction and fore-and-aft trim to maintain optimal speed.
  4. Can stop reverse and re-start with the sail out of the water.
  5. Can reach, foot steering, (rig angle constant)
  6. Can beach start
  7. Can flare gybe
  8. Can interpret weather forecasts and assess wind & waves.
  9. Knows about equipment, safety, and sail aerodynamics.
  10. Plus level 1 criteria

 

Skills and knowledge required for a Windsurf Level 3

  1. Can windsurf in strong wind conditions.
  2. Can use trim, and balance, to reach optimal speed.
  3. Can tack and gybe maintaining speed
  4. Can water start
  5. Can detect and use wind shifts.
  6. Can mark round accurately.
  7. Is able to start at the correct end of the line
  8. Can determine local weather conditions and wind strategy
  9. Knows Sailing Instructions and the Racing Rules of Sailing
  10. Plus levels 1 & 2 criteria

Power Boat Training

Boat Master

Experience required prior training:  None
Certification required prior training:   VHF/SRC
Minimum age required:  16 years old
Equipment requirements: Power boat up to 12 m long, able to plane
Suggested number of training hours:  25 hours (including 6 h practice)
Who can run the training: ISSA Instructor
Who can do the examination:  ISSA Instructor
How to submit the application:  To authorised ISSA school only
Qualifications obtained after the course:  

Skipper power boats:
– up to 12 m long (with inboard our outboard engine)
– day time
– conditions up to 6 B degrees
– up to 10 mile from shore

Boat Master – Student Textbook (Download PDF)

Skills and knowledge required for a Boat Master

Boat’s construction

  • Knows the basic terminology of a power boat:
    ° Bow;
    ° Stern, aft, etc.
  • Can fill up the water and fuel tanks;
  • Can operate the engine;
    ° Start is;
    ° Switch it off;
    ° Check operation of cooling system;
    ° Check oil level;
    ° Top up engine oil;
    ° Check cooling fluid level;
    ° Top up cooling fluid level;
    ° Find bottom valves;
    ° Recognize the breakdown of impeller in cooling system and possibly replace it;
    ° Check whether alternator is charging batteries when engine is working.
  • Knows elementary equipment of yacht:
    ° Echo-sounder (location, operation, typical errors);
    ° Log;
    ° Steering system;

Line and spring handling

  • Can combine two lines of the same and different diameter;
  • Can make:
    ° Bowline;
    ° Fast a line on a cleat;
    ° Fishermen’s bend;
    ° Coil mooring lines;
  • Can:
    ° Pass, take, make fast on cleat, let go mooring lines;
    ° Throw mooring lines;
    ° Describe different ways of taking a mooring.

Handling fenders

  • Can:
    ° Fix the fenders using adequate knots;
    ° Effectively apply the manouvering fender;

Operating the anchor

  • Can:
    ° Prepare the anchor for weighing;
    ° Select safe location for staying at anchor;
    ° Apply rules for safe anchoring (4xdepth, anchor alarm/watch);
    ° Distinguish different types of anchors and their characteristics.

Safety

  • Can:
    ° Perform the safety briefing:
    – How to move on deck;
    – How to apply personnal safety equipment (harness, jackstay, etc.);
    – Apply distress signalling equipment (pyrotechnics, flags, etc.);
    – Different methods to send distress signal;
    – Make a distress call with help of VHF;
    – Knows procedures to be applied in restricted visibility;
    – Basic knowledge about SAR procedures (RIB, helicopter);
    – First Aid Kit (location and content).

Handling boat under power

  • Can:
    ° Launch and recover a boat;
    ° Manouver a boat under power;
    ° Approach a MOB;
    ° Take a berth/leave a berth (longside, stern-to, bow-to);
    ° Weigh anchor.

International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea

  • Knows the navigation shapes and lights:
    ° Vessel not under command;
    ° Vessel restricted in ability to manouver;
    ° Vessel engaged in fishing;
    ° Vessel aground;
    ° Pilot vessel;
    ° Towing set
    ° Sailing yacht;
    ° Power driven vessel;
  • Knows the vessels’ priority at sea;
  • Knows how to proceed in a „close encounter” situation;
  • Is familiar and complies with the requirement for continues observation;
  • Is familiar with other legal obligations of a skipper and crew;
  • Is familiar with and understands after-collision rules applicable at sea.

Navigational Aids

  • Knows, understands and is able to recognize lateral and smaller channel marks at day time in system IALA A and B;
  • Knows, understands and is able to recognize cardinal marks and other navigational marks (safe water mark, isolated danger mark) at day time;
  • Is able to use the list of marks and symbols used on charts (eg. Chart 5011);
  • Is able to apply navigational publications when planning a port’s entry (pilot books, almanacs, navigational plans);
  • Knows and can recognize light characteristics of Lighthouses/navigational marks.

Terrestrial navigation

  • Knows and understands the basic terms from geography:
    ° Latitude;
    ° Longitude;
    ° Magnetic pole;
    ° Geographic pole;
    ° Earth’s magnetic field;
  • Knows the basic types of sea charts, their construction and application:
    ° Mercator’s projection chart (how is it constructed, spreading of parallels, construction parallel)
    ° Passage charts, coastal charts, plans;
  • Can read elementary information from a chart that is crucial for safe sailing:
    ° Depths;
    ° Distance;
    ° Navigational obstacles
    ° Navigational marks;
  • Can read charts/ plot latitude and longitude;
  • Knows and understands the phenomenon of Earth’s magnetism, variation and deviation;
  • Can use a compass;
  • Can make use of various bearing lines;
  • Has general information about tides and tide-related dangers.

Electronic-based navigation

  • Knows how the GPS system works;
  • Can enable and check the elementary settings of GPS and plotter;
  • Can set and read adequate course on GPS;
  • Can plot a position on a chart taken from a GPS;
  • Knows what is AIS, ARPA, VTS.

Meteorology

  • Knows the Beaufort scale and its meaning for small craft;
  • Knows sources of meteo information and how to use them;
  • Has the basic knowledge about high, low pressure areas, fronts;
  • Can recognize cumulonimbus clouds;
  • Understands meteo messages (including those broadcast by radio coastal stations)
  • Can take meteo factors into consideration when planning a passage in a coastal zone:
  • Has the habit not to leave harbour without valid weather forecast.

Other

  • Environmental friendly approach and respect to other yachtsmen and women;
  • Knows and applies basic pro-environmental rules;
  • Knows and applies social friendly approach at sea and in harbour.

Power Yacht Crew

Experience required prior training: None
Certification required prior training: None
Minimum age required: 10 years old
Suggested number of training hours: 20 hours (minimum 3 days)
Who can run the training: ISSA Instructor or minimum Offshore Skipper
Who can do the examination: ISSA Instructor or minimum Offshore Skipper
How to submit the application: Only through authorized ISSA school

Skills and knowledge required for a Power Yacht Crew

Yacht’s construction

1. Knows the basic parts of yacht and what are the designed for:
a. Cockpit
b. Bildge
c. Heads
d. Galley
e. Bow
f. Stern, aft etc.
2. Can operate elementary yacht’s systems:
a. Toilet
b. Gass oven
c. Sink
d. Shower
3. Can fill up the water and diesel tanks
4. Can operate the inboard engine
a. Start it
b. Switch it off
c. Check whether cooling system works
d. Inspection before starting

Line and spring handling

1. Can combine two lines of the same and different diameter
2. Can make:
a. Bowline
b. Fast a line on a cleat
c. Fishermen’s bend
d. Coil mooring lines
3. Can:
a. Hand over
b. Take
c. Make fast on cleat
d. Let go mooring lines
4. Can describe different ways of taking a mooring.

Handling fenders

1. Can:
a. Fix them by applying adequate knots
b. effectively operate the manouvering fender

Operating the anchor

1. Can:
a. Prepare anchor for weighing (switches and controls)
b. Operate the windlass (letting out and taking in the chain)

Operating the dinghy

1. Can:
a. Take the dinghy off the deck and pull it in onto the deck
b. Secure the dinghy to the yacht
c. Use paddles effectively
d. Secure the dinghy to the deck

Safety

1. Can:
a. Safely move arround the deck
b. Use the safety equipement
c. Use the distress singalling equipment (pirotechnics, mirror, flags etc.)
d. Use the fire fighting equipment (fire extinguishers – with consideration of various types available, fire blanket)
e. Apply various methods to make a distress signal (at least 4 methods)

Other skills

1. Can:
a. Keep observation of the sailing area and pass over information about the direction and distance to objects
b. Knows the lights of their own yacht in the night
c. Make adequate signals in fog
d. Effectively hold the helm

Inshore Power Skipper

Experience required prior training: At least 1 cruise on a power yacht
Certification required prior training: None
Minimum age required: 16 years old
Suggested number of training hours: 10 hours theory / one day practical
Who can run the training: ISSA Instructor
Who can do the examination: ISSA Instructor
How to submit the application: To authorized ISSA school only

Skills and knowledge required for an Inshore Power Yacht Skipper

Yacht’s construction

1. Knows the basic parts of yacht and what are they designed for:
a. Cockpit
b. Bildge
c. Heads
d. Galley
e. Bow
f. Stern, aft etc.
2. Can operate elementary yacht’s systems:
a. Toilet
b. Gass oven
c. Sink
d. Shower
3. Can fill up the water and diesel tanks
4. Can operate the inboard engine
a. Start it
b. Switch it off
c. Check whether cooling system works
d. Inspection before starting
e. Top up engine oil
f. Check cooling fluid level
g. Top up cooling fuel level
h. Control the tension of V-belt on engine
i. Find bottom valves
j. Recognize the breakdown of impeller in cooling system and possibly replace it
k. Check whether alternator is charging batteries when engine is working.
5. Knows elementary yacht equipment
a. Boom
b. Mast (with various methods of sail reefing)
c. Rigging
d. Haulyards
e. Echosounder (location, operation, typical errors);
f. Log
g. Steering system
h. Keel

Line and spring handling

1. Can combine two lines of the same and different diameter
2. Can make:
a. Bowline
b. Fast a line on a cleat
c. Fishermen’s bend
d. Coil mooring lines
3. Can:
a. Pass, take, make fast on cleat, let go mooring lines
b. Throw mooring lines
c. Describe different ways of taking a mooring

Handling fenders

1. Can:
a. Fix them by applying adequate knots
b. effectively operate the manouvering fender

Operating the anchor

1. Can:
a. Prepare anchor for weighing (switches and controls)
b. Operate the windlass (control the letting out and pulling in the chain)
c. Select safe location for staying at anchor
d. Apply rules for safe anchoring (4xdepth, anchor alarm/watch)
e. Distinguish different types of anchors and their characteristics

Handling the dinghy

1. Can:
a. Inflate dinghy, take it off the deck and put it back on the deck
b. Secure the dinghy to the yacht
c. Paddle
d. Secure the dinghy to the yacht deck
e. Install the outboard engine on the yacht (for storage) and on the dinghy (for work)
f. Connect the fuel system to the outboard engine
g. Start and switch off the outboard engine

Safety

1. Can perform the safety briefing under the deck:
a. Gas system
b. Toilet operation
c. Fire fighting equipment
d. Water supply system
e. Electric system
2. Can perform the safety briefing on deck:
a. How to move on deck
b. How to apply personnal safety equipment (harness, jackstay, etc.)
c. Apply distress singalling equipment (pirotechnics, flags, etc.)
d. Liferaft
e. Different methods to send distress signal
f. Make a distress call with help of VHF
g. Knows procedures to be applied in restricted visibility
h. Basic knowledge about SAR procedures (RIB, helicopter)
i. First Aid Kit (location and content)

Handling yacht under Power

1. Can:
a. Manouver a yacht under power
b. Approach a MOB
c. Take a berth/leave a berth (longside, stern-to, bow-to)
d. Weigh anchor

International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea

1. Knows the navigation shapes and lights:
a. Vessel not under command
b. Vessel restricted in ability to manouver
c. Vessel engaged in fishing
d. Vessel aground
e. Pilot vessel
f. Towing set
g. Sailing yacht
h. Power driven vessel
2. Knows the vessels’ priority at sea
3. Knows how to proceed in a „close encounter” situation
4. Is familiar and complies with the requiremet for continues observation
5. Is familiar with other legal obligations of a skipper and crew
6. Is familiar with and understands after-collission rules applicable at sea

Navigational Aids

1. Knows, understands and is able to recognize latteral and smaller channel marks at day time in system

IALA A and B
2. Knows, understands and is able to recognize cardinal marks and other navigational marks (safe water

mark, isolated danger mark) at day time
3. Is able to use the list of marks and symbols used on charts (eg. Chart 5011)
4. Is able to apply navigational publications when planning a port’s entry (pilot books, almanachs,

navigational plans)
5. Knows and can recognize light characteristics of Lighthouses/navigational marks

Terrestrial navigation

1. Knows and understands the basic terms from geography:
a. Latitude
b. Longitude
c. Magnetic pole
d. Gegraphic pole
e. Earth’s magnetic field
2. Knows the basic types of sea charts, their construction and application:
a. Mercator’s projection chart (how is it constructed, spreading of parallels, construction parallel)
b. Passage charts, coastal charts, plans
3. Can read elementary information from a chart that is crutial for safe sailing:
a. Depths
b. Distance
c. Navigational obstacles
d. Navigational marks
4. Can read charts/ plot latitude and longitude
5. Knows and understands the phenomenon of Earth’s magnetism, variation and deviation
6. Can use a compass
7. Can calculate, set, read and plot courses on a chart with respect of variation, deviation and

leeway
8. Can plot yacht’s position using bearing lines
9. Can plot yacht’s position using the maintained course, distance ran and estimated leeway
10. Can make use of various bearing lines
11. Has general information about tides and tide-related dangers

Eletronic-based navigation

1. Knows how the GPS system works.
2. Can enable and check the elementary settings of GPS and plotter.
3. Can set and read adequate course on GPS.
4. Can plot a position on a chart taken from a GPS.
5. Knows what is AIS, ARPA, VTS.

Meteorology

1. Knows the Beaufort scale and its meaning for small craft.
2. Knows sources of meteo information and how to use them.
3. Has the basic knowledge about high, low pressure areas, fronts.
4. Can recognize cumulonimbus clouds.
5. Understands meteo messages (including those broadcast by radio coastal stations).
6. Can take meteo factors into consideration when planning a passage in a coastal zone.
7. Has the habit not to leave harbour without valid weather forecast.

Other

1. Environmental friendly approach and respect to other yachtsmen.
2. Knows and applies basic pro-environmental rules.
3. Knows and applies social friendly approach at sea and in harbour.

Offshore Power Skipper

Experience required prior training: 28 days at sea as skipper or watch leader in at least 2 voyages, at least in 2 sea areas
Certification required prior training: SRC and First Aid Certificate
Minimum age required: 18 years old
Suggested number of training hours: 40 hours theory / 2 days practical +  2 hours night navigation
Who can run the training: ISSA Instructor
Who can do the examination: ISSA Instructor
Examination: Needs to include navigation at darkness
How to submit the application: To authorized ISSA school only

Scope of required knowledge and skills

Yacht handling under Power

1. Unberthing/berthing (longside and stern-to)
2. Approaching a mooring buoy
3. Weighing an anchor
4. Recovery of Man Over Board
5. Practical skills

Dead Reckoning Navigation

1. Definition of DR navigation
2. Running of DR and plotting of DR position
3. Practical skills

Fixing lines

1. Sources of fixing lines (leading lights, bearings, depth contour)
2. Error analysis/ accuracy assessment
3. Practical skills

Magnetic compass

1. Consideration of variation. Change of variation in time and place
2. Siting of compass and reasons for deviation (impact of electronic devices)
3. Stationary and handbearing compasses
4. Determination of deviation

Tides

1. Reasons of Tides – Springs and Neaps
2. Tidal Tables
3. Tidal levels and chart datum
4. Time and height of tide in standard ports
5. Secondary ports
6. Anomalies

Tidal currents

1. Tidal current atlases
2. Tidal current diamonds
3. Information about tidal currents in navigation publications
4. Consideration of tidal currents when calculating courses and passage planning
5. Overfalls, tidal races

Buoys and Beacons

1. Navigation signs in IALA A and B
2. Limitation of navigational marks as navigational aid

Lights

1. Characteristics
2. Range – visual and nominal
3. List of lights

Pilotage

1. Harbour specific regulations and signalling systems
2. Planning and strategy to enter/leave a harbour
3. Pracatical skills to make a pilotage

Echo sounders

1. Operation of manual echosounder
2. Types of echosounders
3. Limitations of echosounders
4. Secondary echoes

Satellite systems

Basic knowledge of satellite systems, their abilities and limitations

Logs (measurement of speed and distance)

Different types and operation

Logbook

1. Logbook as an official document
2. Running of a logbook

Meteorology

1. Basic terms, Beaufort’s scale
2. Air masses
3. Types of clouds
4. Characteristics of weather in specific pressure and front systems
5. Sources of weather forecasts
6. Ability to interpret weather forecasts/ charts, weatherfax
7. Day/night breeze
8. Fog
9. Use of barometer

Anchoring

1. Types of anchors and operation
2. Selection of place to anchor

Collision Regulations

Good knowledge of International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

Safety at sea

1. Personal safety, use of lifejackets, harnesses, jackstays
2. Fire prevention and fighting
3. Distress signals
4. Role of coastguard
5. Preparation to heavy weather
6. Liferafts and recovery by helicopter

International Signalling Code

Rules of application

Navigating in restricted visibility

1. Restricted visibility procedures
2. Limitations for safe navigation

Passage planning

1. Preparation of charts and notes to plan a passage
2. Standard actions when navigating in inshore waters
3. Strategy to plan a passage
4. Use of weather information in passage planning
5. Sources of local and national regulations

Environment protection

Responsibility for environment pollution and sea environment protection.

Master of Power Yacht

Experience required prior training: 60 days at sea as skipper or watch leader in at least 5 voyages, at least in 3 different sea areas, including tidal waters (at least one area), 2 passages over 100 nautical miles as skipper
Certification required prior training: SRC, First Aid Certificate, Sea Survival
Minimum age required: 18 years old
Suggested number of training hours: 5 days theory / 3 days pratical + 1 day exam
Who can run the training: ISSA Instructor who holds MoY certificate
Who can do the examination: ISSA Examiner
Examination: Should include navigation at darkness
How to submit the application: To authorized ISSA school only

Candidate for Master of Yacht should possess the same knowledge as Offshore Skipper but should be more fluent in applying it.

Apart of that, Master of Yacht should:

  • have proper appearance (dressing and hygiene) and should behave properly (show respect to others)
  • be condifent in his actions;
  • be friendly to his crew;
  • remain calm in all situations and should not escalate stressful situations;
  • have good communication skills with the crew;

In order to make the certificate commercial (up to 200 GBT), the holder of it, should:

  • present a valid health assessment document issued by physician;
  • possess valid STCW95 certification;
  • the commercial endorsement is valid for 5 years.

Extra skill training

Inland Skipper Instructor Course - 55 Hours

  1. BASIC REQUIREMENTS
  1. Every instructor candidate should:
  • Pass the Inland Skipper Exam before approaching the course or hold an equivalent certificate
  • Have at least 1 year experience after passing the above mentioned exam,
  • Hold First Aid or Rescue certificate
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least high school education
  • Should submit valid fitness declaration stating that he/she is fit for the activity
  1. PLEASE NOTICE that copies of all of the above mentioned documents should be presented upon submitting the application for the course

WARNING. CANDIDATES WITH NO SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BECOME ISSA INSTRUCTORS

 

  1. TRAINING VENUE REQUIREMENTS
  1. The course should take place primarily on a sailing yacht at least 18 ft long. At least 10 hours of practice should take place on a yacht equipped with under deck area
  2. The yacht should have all the equipment necessary to run a complete practical ISSA training course for Inland Skipper
  3. The yacht should comply with the requirements set for training vessels in the location of the course
  4. The theory classes can take place in a classroom that meets ISSA standards or on the yacht if there is sufficient below deck area able to comfortably fit all the instructor candidates and the trainer

 

III. EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

There should be 1 trainer for a maximum of 5 candidates

 

  1. TRAINING CONDITIONS REQUIREMENTS
  1. Handling under sail practice should take place in weather conditions between and including 2B – 6B
  2. There should be at least 30 hours of practical exercises
  3. There should be at least 20 hours of classes to practice the theory presentation skills of the candidates

 

  1. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Throughout the practical part of the course, the instructor candidates should wear lifejackets as directed by the trainer

 

  1. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The instructors should be using:

  • Whiteboard and display screen with adequate screening equipment
  • ISSA instructor “Train The Trainer” handbook
  • ISSA Inland Yacht Skipper program, handbook and presentations

Inland Power Skipper Instructor Course - 35 Hours

  1. BASIC REQUIREMENTS
  1. Every instructor candidate should:
  • Pass the Inland Power Yacht Skipper Exam before approaching the course or hold an equivalent certificate
  • Have at least 1 year experience after passing the above mentioned exam
  • Hold First Aid or Rescue certificate
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least high school education
  • Should submit valid fitness declaration stating that he/she is fit for the activity
  1. PLEASE NOTICE that copies of all of the above mentioned documents should be presented upon submitting the application for the course

WARNING. CANDIDATES WITH NO SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BECOME ISSA INSTRUCTORS

 

  1. TRAINING VENUE REQUIREMENTS
  1. The course should take place primarily on a power driven yacht able to plane
  2. The yacht should be at least 15 ft. long
  3. The theory classes can take place in a classroom that meets ISSA standards or on the yacht if there is sufficient below deck area able to comfortably fit all the instructor candidates and the trainer
  4. The yacht should have all the equipment necessary to run a complete practical ISSA training course for Inland Power Yacht Skipper
  5. The yacht should comply with the requirements set for training vessels in the location of the course

 

III. EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

There should be 1 trainer for a maximum of 5 candidates

 

  1. TRAINING CONDITIONS REQUIREMENTS
  1. The practical part should take place in weather conditions between and including 2B – 5B
  2. There should be at least 15 hours of practical exercises
  3. There should be at least 20 hours of classes to practice the theory presentation skills of the candidates

 

  1. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Throughout the practical part of the course, the instructor candidates should wear lifejackets as directed by the trainer

 

  1. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The instructors should be using:

  • Whiteboard and display screen with adequate screening equipment
  • ISSA instructor “Train The Trainer” handbook
  • ISSA Inland Power Yacht Skipper program, handbook and presentations

Inshore power Skipper Instructor Course – 45 HOURS

  1. BASIC REQUIREMENTS
  1. Every instructor candidate should:
  • Pass the Offshore Power Skipper Exam before approaching the course or hold an equivalent certificate
  • Have at least 3 years experience after passing the above mentioned exam (ca. 3000 nm)
  • Hold First Aid or Rescue certificate
  • Hold Sea Survival certificate
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least high school education
  • Should submit valid fitness declaration stating that he/she is fit for the activity
  1. PLEASE NOTICE that copies of all of the above mentioned documents should be presented upon submitting the application for the course

WARNING. CANDIDATES WITH NO SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BECOME ISSA INSTRUCTORS

 

  1. TRAINING VENUE REQUIREMENTS
  1. The course should take place on a yacht at least 24 ft. long and powered by an inboard engine
  2. The theory classes can take place in a classroom that meets ISSA standards or on the yacht if there is sufficient below deck area to comfortably fit all the instructor candidates and the trainer
  3. The yacht should have all the equipment necessary to run a complete practical ISSA training course for Inshore Power Yacht Skipper
  4. The yacht should comply with the requirements set for training vessels in the location of the course

 

III. EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

There should be 1 trainer for a maximum of 5 candidates

 

  1. TRAINING CONDITIONS REQUIREMENTS
  1. The practical part should take place in weather conditions between and including 2B – 5B
  2. There should be at least 20 hours of practical exercises
  3. There should be at least 20 hours of classes to practice the theory presentation skills of the candidates
  4. At least 4 hours of the practical training should take place in darkness (of which 2 hours should fall between 22.00 and 06.00)

 

  1. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Throughout the practical part of the course, the instructor candidates should wear lifejackets as directed by the trainer

 

  1. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The instructors should be using:

  • Whiteboard and display screen with adequate screening equipment
  • ISSA instructor “Train The Trainer” handbook
  • ISSA Inshore Power Yacht Skipper program, handbooks and presentations

Inshore Skipper Instructor Course – 70 HOURS

  1. BASIC REQUIREMENTS
  1. Every instructor candidate should:
  • Pass the Offshore Skipper Exam before approaching the course or hold an equivalent certificate
  • Have at least 3 years experience after passing the above mentioned exam (ca. 3000 nm)
  • Hold First Aid or Rescue certificate
  • Hold Sea Survival certificate
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least high school education
  • Should submit valid fitness declaration stating that he/she is fit for the activity
  1. PLEASE NOTICE that copies of all of the above mentioned documents should be presented upon submitting the application for the course

WARNING. CANDIDATES WITH NO SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BECOME ISSA INSTRUCTORS

 

  1. TRAINING VENUE REQUIREMENTS
  1. The course should take place on a sea cruising yacht in an area where practical exercises can be safely practiced:
  • Yacht handling under engine in harbor
  • Yacht handling under sail at sea
  1. The yacht should be at least 30 ft. long and should be equipped with inboard engine
  2. It should be possible to live onboard the yacht (although it is not the strict requirement for the course)
  3. The yacht should have all the equipment necessary to run a complete ISSA training course for Yacht Crew and Inshore Skipper
  4. The yacht should comply with requirements set for training vessels in the location of the training
  5. There should be a dinghy with an outboard engine available for practical exercises during the course
  6. Some classes (to practice theory lesson presentations) can take place in a classroom but not more than 1/3 of the total course time. In such case the classroom must meet ISSA standards

 

III. EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

There should be 1 trainer for a maximum of 5 candidates

 

  1. TRAINING CONDITIONS REQUIREMENTS
  1. Handing under sail practice should take place in weather conditions between and including 3B – 7B
  2. There should be at least 40 hours of practical exercises
  3. There should be at least 20 hours of classes to practice the theory presentation skills of the candidates
  4. At least 8 hours of the practical training should take place in darkness (of which 4 hours should fall between 22.00 and 06.00)
  5. At least 3 meals should be prepared and eaten onboard the yacht

 

  1. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Throughout the practical part of the course, the instructor candidates should wear lifejackets as directed by the trainer

 

  1. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The instructors should be using:

  • Whiteboard and display screen with adequate screening equipment
  • ISSA instructor “Train The Trainer” handbook

SRC Marine Radio Instructor Course – 8 HOURS

  1. BASIC REQUIREMENTS
  1. Every instructor candidate should:
  • Pass the ISSA’s SRC Operator’s Exam before approaching the course or hold an equivalent certificate
  • Have at least 1 year experience after passing the above mentioned exam
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least high school education
  • Should submit valid fitness declaration stating that he/she is fit for the activity
  1. PLEASE NOTICE that copies of all of the above mentioned documents should be presented upon submitting the application for the course

WARNING. CANDIDATES WITH NO SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BECOME ISSA INSTRUCTORS

 

  1. TRAINING VENUE REQUIREMENTS
  1. The training can take place in a classroom that meets ISSA standards or on a yacht if there is sufficient below deck area able to comfortably fit all the instructor candidates and the trainer
  2. The training site should be equipped with at least 2 training radio stations linked together

 

III. EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

  1. There should be 1 trainer for a maximum of 6 candidates
  2. There should be 2 candidates maximum working on 1 radio station throughout the course

 

  1. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The instructors should be using:

  • Whiteboard and display screen with adequate screening equipment
  • ISSA instructor “Train The Trainer” handbook
  • ISSA SRC program, handbook and presentation and additional materials

storm survival course

storm survival training

  • Training course “Storm Survival Training” provides theoretical and practical knowledge about safety at sea, survival in difficult weather conditions and actions in emergency situations on board.
  • This training course is a good addition to ISAF Sea Survival and SCTW95 courses.
  • The course has an aim to improve theoretical and practical skills of yachtsmen.
  • This course continues 7 days and takes place both at day and at night, at wind being not more than 20 knots.
  • After taking of program “Storm survival training” students will be certified for «Competent Crew». After graduation, the students receive a certificate on passing the program “Storm survival training” but the certificate does not entitle the holder to manage the yacht (except for emergencies when the captain of the yacht cannot fulfill his obligations), or take a boat to charter.

The main purpose of training.

To introduce sailors with reliable and generally accepted methods of survival and safe sailing in all possible weather conditions.

Preparing the boat crew to be ready to solve non standard problems.

Requirements to the yacht. Obligatory equipment on board is described in Appendix 1Training should be carried out on a boat between 32 and 45ft LOA, that is equipped in accordance with the requirements of ISAF Category 2 or higher. The front sail (Genoa, Jib) can be mounted on a furler. Even a torn mainsail should be able to take three reefs. Use of vertically roll-up Main Sail is not recommended . It is advisable to have extra sails, even torn ones.

The instructor qualification requirements.

The instructor, a candidate for the teaching the course “Storm preparation”, must be trained in “Storm instructor training” and heave the following certificates – a captain’s certificate, ISSA instructor certificate, a valid ISAF Sea Survival First Aids certificate. Upon having the above mentioned certificates, the trainees have to prove their sailing experience performing the duties of captain or first-mate no less than 2000nm in the transition mode, with individual runs not shorter than 150mm or 1000mm in regatta mode with a distance of not less than 300 mm without stopping.

“Storm Survival Training” course has to be revalidated every three years.

“Storm preparation”

Main topics of study:

  • Security measures on a yacht
  • Use of personal life-saving equipment
  • Emergency Call, modern means of communication and location
  • Evacuation of yacht crew
  • How to fix failures in steering systems and repair hull
  • Yacht weight balance
  • Steering on a different waves
  • Right choice of sails
  • Adjusting of the drift course
  • Survival of the yacht and crew in storm conditions
  • Fire extinguishing
  • Meteorology, weather forecasting

Training course plan

Day 1.

Part 1.

Theory: Security on the yacht, the use of personal life-saving appliances.

Practice: How to move on board, use of personal life-saving appliances, machinery, working with ropes, winches. Equipment placement, how to fix things in the cabin.

Part 2.

Theory: Balancing the yacht. Setting the autopilot.

Practice: Taxiing on the wave, taxiing using sails with a fixed rudder blade. Reefing.

Day 2.

Part 1.

Theory: What to do in cases of mast or rigging failure?

Practice: Working out maneuvers with rigging damage. Seting up the emergency mast.

Part 2.

Theory: What to do when the steering system is damaged. What to do in a complete loss of the rudder?

Practice: Manage the boat using the emergency tiller. Steering with backup rudder. Steering with improvised means, storm anchor.

Day 3.

Part 1.

Theory: Meteorology. Storm Forecasting. Route planning.

Practice: Working with maps, chart plotter, navigation programs.

Part 2.

Practice: Preparing the boat for a long voyage.

Day 4.

Part 1.

Theory and Practice: Putting out a fire. Mitigating damage to the hull. Using pumps systems. Part 2.

Theory and Practice: Methods for lifting a person on board. It uses a dummy weighing 80­100kg. Testing MOB maneuver the sails.

Day 5-6.

Theory and practice: Sailing in the daylight and the dark. 24 hours.

  • Use of EPIRB and AIS systems.
  • The safe passing of other vessels on route
  • Drift sailing. Drifting with a storm anchor and use of improvised means instead of standard equipment.

Day 7.

Summarizing. Verification of theoretical and practical knowledge of students.

 

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instructors training

As an ISSA instructor you

  • Have internationally recognised qualifications;
  • Get versatile skills in the demanding market;
  • Can work in any ISSA Accredited School;
  • Gain experience and expertise to run your own school;
  • Posses professional qualifications to get work in yachting industry.

Eligibility

In order to participate in the ISSA instructor training, the candidate should have skills and knowledge at the level of Offshore Skipper. Offshore Skipper is a yachtsman with experience from at least two sailing areas as well as more than average skills in boat handling and knowledge of leisure navigation, colregs and meteorology.

All of the training takes place onboard a sailing yacht. There can be a maximum of 4 candidates at a time.

The training is split into the following stages

  • Levelling up of the candidates’ skills. In most cases instructor candidates come from very different regions with varying experience. Therefore, it is essential to start the training with levelling of the candidates’ skills. It usually takes from one to three days as needed.
  • Development of teaching abilities. Candidates practice teaching techniques at subsequent steps of yachting education. Starting with very basic sailing classes, going through intermediary level exercises and doing more advanced classes at the end of the stage.
  • Next phase comprises of practice during real sailing classes with real students. At the start of this stage, the instructor candidates work as instructor assistants, getting transformed into self-dependent instructors with full ability to teach, assist and assess future skippers.
  • The very last part refers to an exam run by an ISSA authorised examiner.

Instructor Course

ISSA instructor training standards are based on many years of our experience gatherd in many corners of the world and are constantly updated. The world is moving forward and we are not lagging behind. This makes our courses the only ones that can comprehensively prepare you to work as an instructor all over the world.

Learn more about current ISSA instructor courses offer as well as detailed descriptions of the requirements for ISSA instructor candidates as well as the requirements for conducting instructor courses by ISSA trainers.

Instructor Course Standards

INSHORE SKIPPER INSTRUCTOR COURSE – 70 HOURS

I. BASIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Every instructor candidate should:
  • Pass the Offshore Skipper Exam before approaching the course or hold an equivalent certificate
  • Have at least 3 years experience after passing the above mentioned exam (ca. 3000 nm)
  • Hold First Aid or Rescue certificate
  • Hold Sea Survival certificate
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least high school education
  • Should submit valid fitness declaration stating that he/she is fit for the activity
  1. PLEASE NOTICE that copies of all of the above mentioned documents should be presented upon submitting the application for the course

WARNING. CANDIDATES WITH NO SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BECOME ISSA INSTRUCTORS

 

II. TRAINING VENUE REQUIREMENTS

  1. The course should take place on a sea cruising yacht in an area where practical exercises can be safely practiced:
  • Yacht handling under engine in harbor
  • Yacht handling under sail at sea
  1. The yacht should be at least 30 ft. long and should be equipped with inboard engine
  2. It should be possible to live onboard the yacht (although it is not the strict requirement for the course)
  3. The yacht should have all the equipment necessary to run a complete ISSA training course for Yacht Crew and Inshore Skipper
  4. The yacht should comply with requirements set for training vessels in the location of the training
  5. There should be a dinghy with an outboard engine available for practical exercises during the course
  6. Some classes (to practice theory lesson presentations) can take place in a classroom but not more than 1/3 of the total course time. In such case the classroom must meet ISSA standards

 

III. EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

There should be 1 trainer for a maximum of 5 candidates

 

IV. TRAINING CONDITIONS REQUIREMENTS

  1. Handing under sail practice should take place in weather conditions between and including 3B – 7B
  2. There should be at least 40 hours of practical exercises
  3. There should be at least 20 hours of classes to practice the theory presentation skills of the candidates
  4. At least 8 hours of the practical training should take place in darkness (of which 4 hours should fall between 22.00 and 06.00)
  5. At least 3 meals should be prepared and eaten onboard the yacht

 

V. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Throughout the practical part of the course, the instructor candidates should wear lifejackets as directed by the trainer

 

VI. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The instructors should be using:

  • Whiteboard and display screen with adequate screening equipment
  • ISSA instructor “Train The Trainer” handbook

ISSA Yacht Crew and Inshore Skipper programs, handbooks and presentations

 

INSHORE POWER SKIPPER INSTRUCTOR COURSE – 45 HOURS

I. BASIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Every instructor candidate should:
  • Pass the Offshore Power Skipper Exam before approaching the course or hold an equivalent certificate
  • Have at least 3 years experience after passing the above mentioned exam (ca. 3000 nm)
  • Hold First Aid or Rescue certificate
  • Hold Sea Survival certificate
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least high school education
  • Should submit valid fitness declaration stating that he/she is fit for the activity
  1. PLEASE NOTICE that copies of all of the above mentioned documents should be presented upon submitting the application for the course

WARNING. CANDIDATES WITH NO SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BECOME ISSA INSTRUCTORS

 

II. TRAINING VENUE REQUIREMENTS

  1. The course should take place on a yacht at least 24 ft. long and powered by an inboard engine
  2. The theory classes can take place in a classroom that meets ISSA standards or on the yacht if there is sufficient below deck area to comfortably fit all the instructor candidates and the trainer
  3. The yacht should have all the equipment necessary to run a complete practical ISSA training course for Inshore Power Yacht Skipper
  4. The yacht should comply with the requirements set for training vessels in the location of the course

 

III. EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

There should be 1 trainer for a maximum of 5 candidates

 

IV. TRAINING CONDITIONS REQUIREMENTS

  1. The practical part should take place in weather conditions between and including 2B – 5B
  2. There should be at least 20 hours of practical exercises
  3. There should be at least 20 hours of classes to practice the theory presentation skills of the candidates
  4. At least 4 hours of the practical training should take place in darkness (of which 2 hours should fall between 22.00 and 06.00)

 

V. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Throughout the practical part of the course, the instructor candidates should wear lifejackets as directed by the trainer

 

VI. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The instructors should be using:

  • Whiteboard and display screen with adequate screening equipment
  • ISSA instructor “Train The Trainer” handbook
  • ISSA Inshore Power Yacht Skipper program, handbooks and presentations

 

SRC MARINE RADIO INSTRUCTOR COURSE – 8 HOURS

I. BASIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Every instructor candidate should:
  • Pass the ISSA’s SRC Operator’s Exam before approaching the course or hold an equivalent certificate
  • Have at least 1 year experience after passing the above mentioned exam
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least high school education
  • Should submit valid fitness declaration stating that he/she is fit for the activity
  1. PLEASE NOTICE that copies of all of the above mentioned documents should be presented upon submitting the application for the course

WARNING. CANDIDATES WITH NO SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BECOME ISSA INSTRUCTORS

 

II. TRAINING VENUE REQUIREMENTS

  1. The training can take place in a classroom that meets ISSA standards or on a yacht if there is sufficient below deck area able to comfortably fit all the instructor candidates and the trainer
  2. The training site should be equipped with at least 2 training radio stations linked together

 

III. EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

  1. There should be 1 trainer for a maximum of 6 candidates
  2. There should be 2 candidates maximum working on 1 radio station throughout the course

 

IV. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The instructors should be using:

  • Whiteboard and display screen with adequate screening equipment
  • ISSA instructor “Train The Trainer” handbook
  • ISSA SRC program, handbook and presentation and additional materials

 

INLAND POWER SKIPPER INSTRUCTOR COURSE – 35 HOURS

I. BASIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Every instructor candidate should:
  • Pass the Inland Power Yacht Skipper Exam before approaching the course or hold an equivalent certificate
  • Have at least 1 year experience after passing the above mentioned exam
  • Hold First Aid or Rescue certificate
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least high school education
  • Should submit valid fitness declaration stating that he/she is fit for the activity
  1. PLEASE NOTICE that copies of all of the above mentioned documents should be presented upon submitting the application for the course

WARNING. CANDIDATES WITH NO SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BECOME ISSA INSTRUCTORS

 

II. TRAINING VENUE REQUIREMENTS

  1. The course should take place primarily on a power driven yacht able to plane
  2. The yacht should be at least 15 ft. long
  3. The theory classes can take place in a classroom that meets ISSA standards or on the yacht if there is sufficient below deck area able to comfortably fit all the instructor candidates and the trainer
  4. The yacht should have all the equipment necessary to run a complete practical ISSA training course for Inland Power Yacht Skipper
  5. The yacht should comply with the requirements set for training vessels in the location of the course

 

III. EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

There should be 1 trainer for a maximum of 5 candidates

 

IV. TRAINING CONDITIONS REQUIREMENTS

  1. The practical part should take place in weather conditions between and including 2B – 5B
  2. There should be at least 15 hours of practical exercises
  3. There should be at least 20 hours of classes to practice the theory presentation skills of the candidates

 

V. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Throughout the practical part of the course, the instructor candidates should wear lifejackets as directed by the trainer

 

VI. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The instructors should be using:

  • Whiteboard and display screen with adequate screening equipment
  • ISSA instructor “Train The Trainer” handbook
  • ISSA Inland Power Yacht Skipper program, handbook and presentations

 

INLAND SKIPPER INSTRUCTOR COURSE – 55 HOURS

I. BASIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Every instructor candidate should:
  • Pass the Inland Skipper Exam before approaching the course or hold an equivalent certificate
  • Have at least 1 year experience after passing the above mentioned exam,
  • Hold First Aid or Rescue certificate
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least high school education
  • Should submit valid fitness declaration stating that he/she is fit for the activity
  1. PLEASE NOTICE that copies of all of the above mentioned documents should be presented upon submitting the application for the course

WARNING. CANDIDATES WITH NO SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BECOME ISSA INSTRUCTORS

 

II. TRAINING VENUE REQUIREMENTS

  1. The course should take place primarily on a sailing yacht at least 18 ft long. At least 10 hours of practice should take place on a yacht equipped with under deck area
  2. The yacht should have all the equipment necessary to run a complete practical ISSA training course for Inland Skipper
  3. The yacht should comply with the requirements set for training vessels in the location of the course
  4. The theory classes can take place in a classroom that meets ISSA standards or on the yacht if there is sufficient below deck area able to comfortably fit all the instructor candidates and the trainer

 

III. EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

There should be 1 trainer for a maximum of 5 candidates

 

IV. TRAINING CONDITIONS REQUIREMENTS

  1. Handling under sail practice should take place in weather conditions between and including 2B – 6B
  2. There should be at least 30 hours of practical exercises
  3. There should be at least 20 hours of classes to practice the theory presentation skills of the candidates

 

V. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Throughout the practical part of the course, the instructor candidates should wear lifejackets as directed by the trainer

 

VI. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The instructors should be using:

  • Whiteboard and display screen with adequate screening equipment
  • ISSA instructor “Train The Trainer” handbook
  • ISSA Inland Yacht Skipper program, handbook and presentations

ISSA Classroom

Guidelines for ISSA courses classrooms standard

Obligatory standards

  • The classroom should be located away from noise-generating activities.
  • Prioritize natural light in the classroom over other.
  • Ample space shall be provided in the classroom design for the programmed seating configuration.
  • As far as possible, physically comfortable operative temperatures in the room should be maintained.
  • A good ventilation that is appropriate to the size of the room and its occupancy rate must be provided.
  • Marker board, projection screen or other adequate equivalents.
  • Every student should have his own seat and desk as well as access to electrical socket.
  • Every student has to have unobstructed view of the presentation area, the displays, marker boards, etc.
  • The toilets should be located in the classroom vicinity.

 

Premium standards

  • The front wall of the room behind the instructor area should have no protrusions (structural or otherwise) into the room so that, marker boards, projection screens or information displays can be installed across the entire wall of the presenter area.
  • Adequate ceiling height shall be provided allowing an unobstructed view of properly sized information displays.
  • There should be no columns in the classroom. Columns placed within the room’s interior space severely hamper room arrangement and student viewing of the instructor and visual aids.
  • Classroom aspect ratio should not exceed 3:2.
  • Dimmable and pre-programmed lighting with assigned “lighting zones” to optimize room flexibility and improve visibility (eg. Disable light fixtures at projection screen).
  • Classroom furniture should be movable for quick reconfiguration.

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