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Sailing School Croatia, Istria - Beginner Course - ISSA Yacht Crew & ISSA Inland Skipper

Basic sailing courses will familiarize attendees with the basic techniques of sailing through the theoretical and practical teaching with a methodological approach. Theoretical part of basic sailing course includes introduction of basic terms related to sailboat and sailing, fundamentals of meteorology, sources of weather forecasts and sail aerodynamics, man-overboard drill , collision regulation, etc.

Basic Sailing courses (ISSA Yacht Crew - 3 days and ISSA Inland Skipper) will familiarize attendees with the basic techniques of sailing through the theoretical and practical teaching with a methodological approach.


Experience required prior training: None
Certification required prior training: None
Minimum age required: 16 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 Yacht Crew and Inland 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

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


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


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.  

Handling yacht under Sail

Can:  Manouver a yacht under sail (tack,gybe);  Approach a MOB. 

CEVNI regulations

Knows the signs applicable on inland waters; Knows the bouyage on inland waters;  Knows the navigation shapes and lights:  Knows the vessels' priority;  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; Local regulations.  


Knows: Distinction of water routes (on rivers, on lakes etc);  Typical hydrographic constructions; Charts, pilot books and descriptions of inland waterways.  


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. Squals. 


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 harbor; Cabin yachts with central board. 

Complete ISSA Yacht Crew program lasts 3 days and ISSA Inland Skipper program lasts seven days.

Arrival: getting fammiliar with your skipper/instructor, accommodation and program. Sailing course starts according to program in the morning with theory classes, than sailing from 10:00 - 18:00 with lunch/swimm break in between. Each other day will be similar program - wake up/breakfast/theory/sailing/lunch-swimm/sailing/dinner - repeat.

Continuing education and training: ISSA Inshore Skipper, Advanced Sailing and Racing Skills, Offshore and Regatta Courses.

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