Bareboat Skipper – Six days, five nights

Gain the the qualifications and experience you need for coastal voyaging and bareboat charter.  For intermediate to advanced sailors.  Private, practical skills training. Three days with an instructor aboard and a three or more day voyage practicing your skills sailing without an instructor aboard. Experience the joy of sailing in spectacular cruising grounds, whilst gaining skills, knowledge, experience and internationally recognised recreational sailing qualifications.

Qualifications:  Yachting New Zealand Keelboat Level 2 or 3, International Yacht Training International Bareboat Skipper or International Crew.  (Obtaining International Bareboat Skipper enables you to obtain the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) endorsement post course.

Prerequisites for qualifications

  • IYT International Crew requires eLearning Click for IYT eLearning courses
  • IYT International Bareboat Skipper -requires IYT Bareboat Skipper eLearning, VHF Certificate,  Minimum 10 days as skipper or co-skipper
  • Yachting New Zealand Level 2 Keelboat requires Level 1 Keelboat qualification or equivalent experience
  • Yachting New Zealand Level 3 Keelboat requires Level 2 Keelboat qualification or equivalent experience
  • Recommended text – “Safety in Small Craft” Mike Scanlan  Text can be purchased from Boat Books, Westhaven

You’ll have one of our offshore experienced instructors leading the course. We are all Yachting New Zealand and/or IYT (International Yacht Training) certified instructors, with plenty of experience and stories to share. Whether you plan local coastal cruising or want to cast off and set sail for the Pacific, or plan on chartering in an exotic location, let us help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your sailing aspirations.


Motukokako (Piercy) Island Cape Brett, the Southern corner of the Bay of Islands.

Tikitiki Rock (Ninepin) the Northern corner of the Bay of Islands

Fun aboard developing skills, maximum 1:4 instructor to student ratio

Course Content

  • NAVIGATION – Plan and execute a multi-day passage, determine DR, course, distance, VMG and ETA using charts and electronic aids to navigation.
  • SAILING SKILLS – Enhance fundamental points of sail and sail trim.  Develop strategies for dealing with heavy weather.  Experience night sailing and steering by the compass and stars.
  • CRUISING SKILLS – Understand the responsibilities of skipper and crew.  Develop confidence in vessel handling, anchoring, docking, and coping with minor and less minor emergencies.
  • Download Advanced sail training course overview pdf here

“We recommend without hesitation the IYT International Bareboat Skipper and Yachting New Zealand Level 3 sailing course with Captain Amanda Swan at Great Escapes. From the first enquiry to the follow-up after our trip, Julie kept us fully informed on every detail. Our experience during the course with Captain Amanda Swan was beyond our expectation; both in terms of the practical sailing experience and the way in which it was delivered. Amanda’s sailing experience is undeniably world-class, however it was not just her knowledge, but the way in which she imparted her experience that made this course more than special. Amanda’s knowledge and approach made this course not only enjoyable and practical, but an outstanding experience that we will stay with us for a long time.”
– TripAdvisor Reviewed by allterrainjandals 5 Mar 2022

More information

  • Course cost – Six days, five nights – $2,265 per person (minimum of two students required).
  • Additional participants – $590 each (maximum of four in total students aboard)
  • Certification costs / optional extras:
    • Yachting New Zealand Level 3 workbook $45
    • IYT International Crew Certification $65
    • IYT International Bareboat Skipper Certification $125
    • IYT ICC Endorsement $205
    • NauticEd – Electronic Navigation eLearning US$25
    • Linen $35 per person (Pillow, sheet, duvet and towel)
    • NauticEd practical assessment $45
    • Extra days sailing by yourselves – applicable Raven 31 charter rates
  • A recommended gear list will be provided to participants prior to departure.
  • Paper charts, handbearing compass, navigation equipment, all the required safety gear, including life-jackets, will be provided for use during the course, however you are welcome to bring your own.
  • You provide your own provisions for all meals, you may eat ashore at the local yacht club (your cost) on instruction days. Cookware, tableware, and good drinking water aboard.