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IYT Recreational Instructor Training Centre

Sigma-Marine Yachting School is an IYT Instructor Training Centre with practical training in Greece and Montenegro since 2018.

IYT’s Recreational Training courses are taught by highly qualified yachtsmen and women with years of experience.



This is a training course to prepare experienced sailors to become IYT recreational instructors at all levels up to Yachtmaster Offshore. It is designed to ensure that new Instructors are familiar with all aspects of the IYT training scheme and have the ability to train their students the way IYT require.

Based on continuous coaching the course aims to enthuse and arm IYT instructors with valuable teaching skills that will greatly benefit their future careers and enhance the reputation of the IYT Worldwide partners schools they are associated with.

Instructor Training course was designed under the guidance of John Goode who was a down-to-earth mariner with a great sense of humour and renowned for his 'plain language' teaching methods. After going to sea under sail at the age of 12 and becoming a Chief Officer in the merchant navy he ran his own sea training school (sail & power) for 30 years – passing on his innovative navigation and seamanship skills to many thousands of sailors. His training techniques and enthusiasm to help fellow yachtsmen have earned him worldwide recognition and a Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Navigation.

Successful completion of this course almost always guarantees that the subsequent online application to IYT to become an “IYT Recreational Instructor” will be approved – see bottom of page for details.


Applications to attend the course should be made to our Training Centre – not to IYT.


- The Candidates should be at least 18 years of age or over.

- All applicants must have an personal IYT account ID number.

- Although previous IYT qualifications are desirable, the course is open to anyone who has the minimum seatime required of an instructor (see IYT website for different levels) and have the practical ability and theoretical knowledge of at least that required for the level of IYT courses they wish to teach.

- To benefit fully from the course – which focuses on Instructor training techniques – participants are advised to revise their maritime knowledge before attending.


5 days from 09:00 –18:00 every day. The 1st and 5th days are classroom based. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th days take place on board of our yacht.

The course requires 100% attendance.


Maximum of only 5 Candidates ensures everyone receives individual attention and the full benefit of the course trainers time.


Candidates will be individually debriefed. Those who are successful are advised the highest level of IYT course they have been assessed as competent to teach.

A pdf down-loadable “Instructor Training Course Completion Certificate” showing that level the will appear in the candidates personal IYT account profile.


Instructor Training Course graduates can log in to the IYT website using their IYT account ID number to complete the instructor application. This will require a documented record of seatime and copies of Medical forms, Sea Survival & VHF certificates, etc, to be downloaded.

After a satisfactory check of these documents, and taking into account the level achieved on the Instructor Training Course, instructors will receive a credit-card-sized plastic “IYT Recreational Instructor Certificate” valid for 5 years. A fee for this 5 year certificate will be charged.

They will also receive an “Official Instructor Membership Letter” valid for 1 year listing the courses they are approved to instruct. An Instructor membership fee is payable annually and must be maintained in order to remain qualified to instruct and place orders for student certificates.

Although candidates do not have to be associated with a school when they take the Instructor Training Course – because IYT does not allow freelance instructors they must be associated with a school when making their online application to IYT for their “IYT Recreational Instructor Certificate”.

More detailed information you can find on or contact directly to Sigma-Marine Yachting School.

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