International Yacht Training

Sea to Sky Sailing is an International Yacht Training (IYT) partner school, offering their globally recognized recreational training programs.  We selected IYT as our training partner, as they offer an excellent curriculum to help you advance from your first time on a boat through to skippering a yacht on offshore passages, resulting in certification that is recognized worldwide. It is also one of the very few sailing organizations that offer a clear path to professional certification, opening up some exciting options for our most ambitious students.

The IYT program offered by Sea to Sky gives students a straightforward path to develop their sailing knowledge to a high standard of safety, competence and confidence.  Upon completing each standard, students receive an internationally recognized certificate.  Actually, the ‘certificate’ is a nifty driver’s license style card issued directly to you by IYT’s secure system.

As a partner school, Sea to Sky Sailing teaches two levels of recreational training and can also issue the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).  The ICC is like an international driver's license.  It is the primary certification accepted by charter companies worldwide, allowing you to launch your own sailing adventure in the Mediterannean, Caribbean, South Pacific or wherever you wish to roam.  It is now also accepted by Transport Canada in lieu of the Pleasure Craft Operator's Card (PCOC)- the mandatory license required for operating a boat with an engine in Canada.

IYT certification is recognized by over 20 different government agencies, including Transport Canada, the US Coast Guard and the UK MCA, some of the most stringent marine safety standard agencies in the world.  They are also a member of the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the British Marine Federation.  

Transport Canada

Sea to Sky Sailing is a Recreational Boating School registered with Transport Canada.  In order to be recognized as a Recreational Boating School, we meet stringent standards regarding the safety of our vessels, as well as maintaining strict training standards for our instructors and quality control on the delivery of our training programs.