ISSA Courses

All our ISSA Sailing Courses and Motor Yacht Courses are to be found below, on this page. Check out the course range and standards. Review the individual yacht training course handbooks and decide which course may be the best one for you.  Take your time reviewing our teaching materials and Call Us to discuss your ideas and ask us questions about our courses. Our Whats App button is really helpful and enables you to get quick responses to your course enquiries.

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Zero to Hero – ISSA Combined Fastrack Yacht Course

The Zero to Hero Course is SIA’s most popular course. Why?  The answer is a thorough course, which is very attractively priced and offers a fun introduction to becoming a recreational yacht skipper.  The course is essentially 4 courses that can be learned as one option, the ‘classic course’ 14 days in duration or two other options – these are explained on this link in detail.

The 4 elements to the course are Yacht Crew, VHF Radio, Inshore Skipper 1 and Inshore Skipper 2. There are handbooks that are available to students for elements to this course. These can be purchased at the shop individually or in the near future as a compendium edition.

Subjects covered in this course are as follows;

  • Safety
  • Tides and Currents
  • IALA Buoyage
  • Understanding the Compass
  • Navigation using Charts and Chart Plotters
  • Engines
  • Rules of the Road
  • Weather
  • Modern Yacht Electronics
  • VHF Radio
  • Pilotage and Passage Planning
  • Boat Handling in confined areas
  • Anchoring
  • Points of Sail and Sail Trimming
  • Berthing
  • Knots and rope handling

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 14 days duration but can be split up into different optionsthe date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Yacht Crew – ISSA Yacht Course

The ISSA Yacht Crew Course is great starter course for beginners to sailing or power boating. Our course teaches you to sail a yacht or keelboat in light to moderate boating conditions on all points of sail. The course is 90% practical and 10% theoretical. This means you leave us not being an assistant but knowing how to sail and being an active and competent crew member.  Our course is designed so you can then join an Inshore Skippers Course and gain further experience and competence.

Sail in Asia are very keen for students to gain experience in a variety of yachts and types of yachts through participation in this ISSA Yacht Crew  course.  We have keelboats, yachts, trimarans and RIBs in our fleet and with luck you will get a chance to sail all of these types of yachts by course end. This will enhance your competence and experience as a Yacht Crew.

 

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 4 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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RIB Skipper 1 Course

The RiB skipper 1 Course is an introductory familiarisation course for beginners to RIBs.  The Rigid Inflatable Boat is extremely popular all over the world. Generally it’s made of two materials, Hypalon and PVC. The PVC boat lasts about 3-5 years but degrades in the sun, Hypalon RIBs last about twice as long however, but they are almost double the price!  Usually these boats are powered by 2 stroke or 4 stroke outboard engines. The 4 stroke is the much cleaner (environmentally speaking) ICE engine and the more reliable. RIBS come in many sizes from small 2.4 dinghies to 15m RIBs that are used by commercial concerns to facilitate offshore oil and gas operations as well as coastguard and life saving / safety roles.  Consequently there is a huge demand for training for these vessels.

The RIB Skipper 1 is a one day course aimed at introducing the boat to a beginner. The safe operation of this vessel cannot be under stated. This course aims to be a familiarisation and introduction to safe operating practices. The following topics are covered by this course:

  • Safety
  • Knots and ropework
  • The RIB – Parts of the boat
  • Launching a RIB safely
  • The Outboard Engine – 2 stroke or 4 stroke
  • Fuel handling
  • MOB
  • Slow speed manouvers
  • Higher speed manouvers
  • Coming alongside a vessel.
  • Recovering a RIB on a beach or slipway
  • Anchoring a RIB
  • Towing with a RIB

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is a one day course – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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RIB Skipper 2 Course- ISSA RIB & Small Boat Course

The RIB Skipper 2 course is designed to train a beginner to be a competent operator of a boat and to understand fundamentals such as safety, boat handling, mooring, anchoring, towing and including seamanship topics such as collision regulations.  The 2 day course is partly theory and partly practical. The following topics are covered by the course and supported in the RIB Skipper 2 Handbook:

  • Safety
  • Collision Regulations
  • Taking over a vessel
  • Meteorology
  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • Boat handling
  • Simple chartwork and GPS plotter operation
  • Safety equipment
  • Engines and checks
  • Launching and recovery
  • Responsibilities of skipper

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 2 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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ISSA VHF Radio Course

VHF Radio is a very important safey net system that marine craft use every day.  The basic vhf radio is now updated with a DSC VHF Radio that is able to send either analogue or digital radio transmissions. The VHF Radio Course is a yachts main safety system as it is possible to use in many situations that a mobile telephone would not!  Consequently the radio is marinised  (weather proofed) and thus rugged and reliable.

The course covers all aspects of use.  Simple communications, professional channels, Channel 16, ship to ship channels and of course the Emergency and Urgency channel 16.  Students learn to send messages that are normal and routine from yacht to yacht ,right thru to sending Mayday Relays, to other vessels, or coastguards.  The VHF radio course is assessed by a one hour exam and by a course handbook with assessments and exercises.

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 1 day in duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Inshore Skipper ISSA Yacht Course

Inshore Skipper is a 10 day course that has three elements to it. VHF Radio, Inshore Skipper 1 and Inshore Skipper 2.  The ISSA course hand book is very comprehensive and is what is required for ICC compliancy.  The ISSA Inshore Skipper handbook has been written on every subject that is required for sailing or chartering a yacht.  This also includes a section on engines and modern navigation chart plotters.

The ISSA Inshore Skipper should be a competent learner skipper by course end but be aware that if you don’t practice your new skills on completing a course you lose them after a while. SIA are aware of this and every course member is given a free membership of Phuket Water Sports Centre and with this we expect many students to come and sail at weekends or in holidays. Check out our Phuket Water Sports Club and see if it gives you a bonus you didn’t expect?

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 10 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Inshore Skipper – ISSA Motor Yacht Course

The Inshore Skipper ISSA Motor Yacht course is a 10 day course that includes VHF Radio, Inshore Skipper 1 and Inshore Skipper 2.  The Inshore Skipper Motor Yacht Course irequires that you know how to motor in all directions, that you can anchor, heave to, moor the motor yacht, come alongside and handle a boat well in a harbour or marina.  The 10 days is spent learning navigation, meteorology, yacht management, engines, safety and a whole gamut of extra things which ensure you are a good learner skipper at course end.

Sail in Asia believe in giving you skills, knowledge, sail training and most important the language to direct the crew in manuevres and to keep the crew safe!  Making you autonomous is our aim! Ensuring you are confident is our objective.  Having fun on the course guarantees your enjoyment and ability to learn quickly. Learning the skills means happy sailors and well trained sailors!  The ISSA Inshore Skipper Motor Yacht Course is designed for students who may have Boatmaster  Certification but not a lot of experience.

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 10 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Inshore Skipper – ISSA Multihull Yacht Course

The Inshore Skipper ISSA Multihull course is a 10 day course that includes VHF Radio, Inshore Skipper 1 and Inshore Skipper 2.  We generally run this ten day course after students have done their ISSA Yacht Crew Course (4 days).  We strongly recommend that you do the Yacht Crew Course if you have learned to sail some time ago and or if you come from dinghy sailing.  Yachts and Multihulls require similar skills, and the Inshore Skipper 10 day course requires that you know how to sail in all directions, that you can reef, heave to, moor a yacht, come alongside and anchor.  The 10 days is spent learning navigation, meteorology, yacht management, engines, safety and a whole gamut of extra things which ensure you are a good learner skipper at course end. The Multihull course can be taken on a multihull throughout, but our strong recommendation is you complete the course on a range of vessels. The Zero to Hero Course includes all the above courses but also a 4 day  Yacht Crew Course and is exceptionally well priced!

Sail in Asia believe in giving you skills, knowledge, sail training and most important the language to direct the crew in boat handling and to keep the crew safe!  Making you autonomous is our aim! Ensuring you are confident is our objective.  Having fun on the course guarantees your enjoyment and ability to learn quickly. Learning the skills means happy sailors and well trained sailors!  The ISSA Inshore Skipper Course is designed for Yachts, Multihulls and Keelboats.  At SIA you will become proficient on Yachts, Keelboats and Multihulls. We have 12 vessels that fit these categories.

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 10 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Offshore Skipper – ISSA Yacht Course

ISSA courses are unique in that theory and practice are seamlessly interwoven and as a consequence students learning is vastly improved. Our Offshore Skipper course requires candidates to have mastered the collision regulations, navigation (DR, EP, Fixes, GPS, Course to Steer etc), tides and currents and have a good knowledge of the ISSA Inshore Skipper Syllabus. Students wishing to attend this course need to have 800 sea miles properly logged and hold an ISSA Inshore Skipper or RYA Day Skipper certificate.

The course is a 14 day course combining practical and theory in yacht seamanship and navigation for students who have completed a foundation course (Zero to Hero Classic) with Sail in Asia and also a 14 day course for students who have alternative accreditation, (RYA, ASA, AYA etc) or significant  time lapses, since their original Theory was learnt.  The 14 day course, prepares you for the ISSA Yachtmaster Offshore, – when you have gained the necessary mileage and other pre-requisites.

The Yachtmaster Offshore (Sailing) course is the highest level sailing course for recreational yachtsmen. The course is aimed at proficient Offshore Skippers who have the necessary skills, experience, knowledge and managerial qualities required to run a blue water sailing yacht effectively and safely.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Safety
  • Crew Management
  • Handling Yacht under Sails and Power
  • Man Over Board
  • Mooring
  • Navigation
  • IALA Buoyage and Pilotage
  • Tidal Heights and Streams
  • Secondary Ports
  • Position Fixing
  • Passage planning
  • Meteorology
  • IRPCS
  • Electronics
  • VHF Radio
  • DSC
  • First Aid at Sea

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 14 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Offshore Skipper – ISSA Motor Yacht Course

The ISSA Offshore Skipper for Motor Yachts is a 14 day course that seeks to bring an inshore skipper to an Offshore Skipper standard. The ISSA M/Y Offshore Skipper Certificate is a course aimed at candidates who have completed the ISSA Inshore skipper  Motor Yacht course and have about 800NM logged. The recommended duration of the course is 10-14 days to attain the knowledge and skill to be an Offshore Skipper.

An Offshore Skipper is a good navigator and quite an experienced skipper who wants ultimately to become a Yachtmaster Offshore Skipper, (a very experienced Motor Yacht Sailor). This course is the foundation course for the Yachtmaster but the practical assessment is less demanding and rigorous. In essence its the course to train Yachtmaster Offshores, in say, two or three further years.

The aim of the course is to increase the candidates’ competency, to take on the duties of an Offshore Skipper on board a yacht – in daylight or night hours, in coastal waters.

The Yachtmaster Offshore (Sailing) course is the highest level sailing course for recreational yachtsmen. The course is aimed at proficient Offshore Skippers who have the necessary skills, experience, knowledge and managerial qualities required to run a blue water sailing yacht effectively and safely.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Safety
  • Crew Management
  • Handling Yacht under Sails and Power
  • Man Over Board
  • Mooring
  • Navigation
  • IALA Buoyage and Pilotage
  • Tidal Heights and Streams
  • Secondary Ports
  • Position Fixing
  • Passage planning
  • Meteorology
  • IRPCS
  • Electronics
  • VHF Radio
  • DSC
  • First Aid at Sea

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 14 days durationthe date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Offshore Skipper – ISSA Multihull Yacht Course

An ISSA Multihull Offshore Skipper is a serious qualification that demonstrates a candidate has tested theoretical knowledge and practical yacht handling skills. Anyone applying for this advanced course should have completed the Zero to Hero Course which is the best foundation course to experience, before you are ready to participate in an offshore Skippers course. Normally we expect students to have at least 800NM further experience before starting the ISSA Offshore Skippers Course. Call us to discuss and possibly to raise questions that will help to guide you in your choices.

The Yachtmaster Offshore (Sailing) course is the highest level sailing course for recreational yachtsmen. The course is aimed at proficient Offshore Skippers who have the necessary skills, experience, knowledge and managerial qualities required to run a blue water sailing yacht effectively and safely.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Safety
  • Crew Management
  • Handling Yacht under Sails and Power
  • Man Over Board
  • Mooring
  • Navigation
  • IALA Buoyage and Pilotage
  • Tidal Heights and Streams
  • Secondary Ports
  • Position Fixing
  • Passage planning
  • Meteorology
  • IRPCS
  • Electronics
  • VHF Radio
  • DSC
  • First Aid at Sea

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 14 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Yachtmaster Offshore – ISSA Yacht Course

The Yachtmaster Offshore (Sailing) course is the highest level sailing course for recreational yachtsmen. The course is aimed at proficient Offshore Skippers who have the necessary skills, experience, knowledge and managerial qualities required to run a blue water sailing yacht effectively and safely.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Safety
  • Crew Management
  • Handling Yacht under Sails and Power
  • Man Over Board
  • Mooring
  • Navigation
  • IALA Buoyage and Pilotage
  • Tidal Heights and Streams
  • Secondary Ports
  • Position Fixing
  • Passage planning
  • Meteorology
  • IRPCS
  • Electronics
  • VHF Radio
  • DSC
  • First Aid at Sea

 

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 14 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Yachtmaster Offshore – ISSA Motor Yacht Course

The Yachtmaster Offshore (Motor Yacht) course is the highest level sailing course for recreational yachtsmen. The course is aimed at proficient Offshore Skippers who have the necessary skills, experience, knowledge and managerial qualities required to run a blue water sailing yacht effectively and safely.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Safety
  • Crew Management
  • Handling Yacht under Sails and Power
  • Man Over Board
  • Mooring
  • Navigation
  • IALA Buoyage and Pilotage
  • Tidal Heights and Streams
  • Secondary Ports
  • Position Fixing
  • Passage planning
  • Meteorology
  • IRPCS
  • Electronics
  • VHF Radio
  • DSC
  • First Aid at Sea

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 14 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Yachtmaster Offshore – ISSA Multihull Yacht Course

The Yachtmaster Offshore (Sailing) course is the highest level sailing course for recreational yachtsmen. The course is aimed at proficient Offshore Skippers who have the necessary skills, experience, knowledge and managerial qualities required to run a blue water multihull sailing yacht effectively and safely.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Safety
  • Crew Management
  • Handling Yacht under Sails and Power
  • Man Over Board
  • Mooring
  • Navigation
  • IALA Buoyage and Pilotage
  • Tidal Heights and Streams
  • Secondary Ports
  • Position Fixing
  • Passage planning
  • Meteorology
  • IRPCS
  • Electronics
  • VHF Radio
  • DSC
  • First Aid at Sea

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is X days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Boat Master – ISSA Yacht Course

The ISSA Boat Master Course is for candidates that have crewed on a small boat but have a very elementary understanding of sailing or powerboat handling.  The aim of the course is to increase the candidates’ nautical knowledge to competently take on the duties of a beginner Boat Master on a small yacht or motor boat, during the day and up to 20 NM from shelter in fair weather, and moderate sea conditions.
Upon completion, and after 600 NM or 1 season regular boating the students are eligible to undertake the ISSA Inshore Motor Yacht or Inshore Sailing Yacht Skipper Course.

Our handbook covers the following course topics:

  • Safety at Sea
  • Parts of a boat
  • Hull Types
  • Engine Operation
  • IRPCS
  • Launching and Recovering a slall yacht or keelboat
  • Handling yachts under power
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Position Fixing
  • IALA Buoyage
  • Passage Planning
  • Tidal Streams and Currents
  • Anchoring
  • Electronics
  • Basic First Aid at Sea

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 5 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Boat Master – ISSA Motor Yacht Course

The ISSA Boat Master Course is for candidates that have crewed on a small boat but have a very elementary understanding of sailing or powerboat handling.  The aim of the course is to increase the candidates’ nautical knowledge to competently take on the duties of a beginner Boat Master on a small yacht or motor boat, during the day and up to 20 NM from shelter in fair weather, and moderate sea conditions.
Upon completion, and after 600 NM or 1 season regular boating the students are eligible to undertake the ISSA Inshore Motor Yacht or Inshore Sailing Yacht Skipper Course.

Our handbook covers the following course topics:

  • Safety at Sea
  • Parts of a boat
  • Hull Types
  • Engine Operation
  • IRPCS
  • Launching and Recovering a slall yacht or keelboat
  • Handling yachts under power
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Position Fixing
  • IALA Buoyage
  • Passage Planning
  • Tidal Streams and Currents
  • Anchoring
  • Electronics
  • Basic First Aid at Sea

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 10 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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ISSA Keelboat Crew Course

The 2 day ISSA  Keelboat Crew Course is one of our most popular courses.  This is the course if you are a beginner to sailing and are wanting to see if you like the sport and perhaps then sign up for more sailing courses.  Its the perfect boat for the weekend with two or three friends. The boat can actually take 6 people and its just so much fun!  If you want to complete a course we can take up to 5 people plus an instructor.

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 2 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Keelboat Navigator Course

The Keelboat Navigator Course is fun!  Its about learning to navigate using modern tablet or iPad software that enables you to go further afield in a boat that is a great dayboat but isnt fitted with tons of electronics but has high quality chart plotter software to make coastal sailing easy and to ensure you have quality tidal information and weather reports.  Talk to us on Whats App if you’d like to ask any questions.

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 2 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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ISSA Keelboat Skipper Course

The ISSA Keelboat Skipper course is aimed at students who have completed at least 100 hours in a Keelboat as crew or Navigator.  The students will therefore be capable helms and seafarers who are ready and confident to learn how to be in charge of a small crew in daylight hours in weather up to Beaufort F4 winds and wave conditions.

The skipper trainees will be capable of heaving to, luffing up, reefing, anchoring, sailing efficiently on all points of sail and managing a crew successfully in most sailing conditions. The skipper will have a good understanding of weather forecasting and crew management and safety. They will be good navigators and able to use modern GPS plotters and tablet softaware such as Navionics.

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is 2 days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Level 1 – ISSA Dinghy Course

The Level 1 course is set up for complete beginners.  The full program details can be provided by the PYC sailing Instructors on this link.

COURSE AVAILABILTY: This course is X days duration – the date you select below is an indication, we will contact you directly to confirm availability



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Level 2 – ISSA Dinghy Course

ISSA Dinghy Level 1 courses are run at Phuket Yacht Club by staff and volunteers of the yacht club. The courses are aimed at youngsters from age 8 to 16 on the clubs Open Skiff dinghies.

Sail in Asia helped the club to establish PYC’s Junior Sailing Program and their Standing Operating Procedures. SIA were active in advisory work. We recommend you contact the club to see if they can accommodate your child in their Junior Sailing Program.

If you have young children and want them to learn to sail in a safe and fun sailing program contact the club on this link.

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Level 3 – ISSA Dinghy Course

ISSA Dinghy Level 1 courses are run at Phuket Yacht Club by staff and volunteers of the yacht club. The courses are aimed at youngsters from age 8 to 16 on the clubs Open Skiff dinghies.

Sail in Asia helped the club to establish PYC’s Junior Sailing Program and their Standing Operating Procedures. SIA were active in advisory work. We recommend you contact the club to see if they can accommodate your child in their Junior Sailing Program.

If you have young children and want them to learn to sail in a safe and fun sailing program contact the club on this link.

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