ISSA Offshore Skipper Sail
Offshore Skipper is a more advanced captain diploma, allowing not only to rent a yacht independently, but also to sail at night, at a great distance from the shore. It is a half-step closer to a professional certificate.
Спасти человека за бортом не всегда просто!
It allows to rent a yacht
up to 24 meters long all over the world and perform navigation at day and night-time, within 100 sea miles from sheltered port without limitations of weather conditions.
Admission requirements
We require identification documents, a certificate of previous level of Inshore Skipper (or RYA Day Skipper, IYT Bareboat Skipper) and a valid certificate of VHF operator, as well as 800 independent captain miles in the logbook based on the results of several charters,
28 days at sea as skipper or watch leader in at least 2 voyages, at least in 2 sea areas
Minimum age required: 18 years old
lack of severe mental diseases, prolapses, severe affections of organs of speech, hearing and sight, as well as dangerous heart diseases and locomotor system problems. No health certificate is needed for recreational trainings.
Concept of training
7 days of training in the sea (not river, not lake, not water reservoir) mostly at night time.
Theory and practice may be combined on board.
1. Practical skills of skipper (show off);
2. Theoretical knowledge of skipper (in writing)
Спасти человека за бортом не всегда просто!
Scope of required knowledge and skills for Offshore Skipper

Yacht handling under Power

1. Unberthing/berthing (longside and stern-to)
2. Approaching a mooring buoy
3. Weighing an anchor
4. Recovery of Man Over Board
5. Practical skills

Yacht handling under sails

1. Tacking
2. Gybing
3. Recovery of Man Over Board
4. Practical skills

Dead Reckoning Navigation

1. Definition of DR navigation
2. Running of DR and plotting of DR position
3. Practical skills

Fixing lines

1. Sources of fixing lines (leading lights, bearings, depth contour)
2. Error analysis/ accuracy assessment
3. Practical skills

Magnetic compass

1. Consideration of variation. Change of variation in time and place
2. Siting of compass and reasons for deviation (impact of electronic devices)
3. Consideration of deviation
4. Stationary and handbearing compasses
5. Determination of deviation


1. Reasons of Tides – Springs and Neaps
2. Tidal Tables
3. Tidal levels and chart datum
4. Time and height of tide in standard ports
5. Secondary ports
6. Anomalies

Tidal currents

1. Tidal current atlases
2. Tidal current diamonds
3. Information about tidal currents in navigation publications
4. Consideration of tidal currents when calculating courses and passage planning
5. Overfalls, tidal races

Buoys and Beacons

1. Navigation marks in IALA A and B
2. Limitation of navigational marks as navigational aid


1. Characteristics
2. Range – visual and nominal
3. List of lights


1. Harbour specific regulations and signalling systems
2. Planning and strategy to enter/leave a harbour
3. Practical skills to make a pilotage

Echo sounders

1. Operation of manual echosounder
2. Types of echosounders
3. Limitations of echosounders
4. Secondary echoes

Satellite systems

Basic knowledge of satellite systems, their abilities and limitations

Logs (measurement of speed and distance)

Different types and operation


1. Logbook as an official document
2. Running of a logbook


1. Basic terms, Beaufort's scale
2. Air masses
3. Types of clouds
4. Characteristics of weather in specific pressure and front systems
5. Sources of weather forecasts
6. Ability to interpret weather forecasts/ charts, weatherfax
7. Day/night breeze
8. Fog
9. Use of barometer


1. Types of anchors and operation
2. Selection of place to anchor

Collision Regulations

Good knowledge of International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

Safety at sea

1. Personal safety, use of lifejackets, harnesses, jackstays
2. Fire prevention and fighting
3. Distress signals
4. Role of coastguard
5. Preparation to heavy weather
6. Liferafts and recovery by helicopter

International Signalling Code

Rules of application

Navigating in restricted visibility

1. Restricted visibility procedures
2. Limitations for safe navigation

Passage planning

1. Preparation of charts and notes to plan a passage
2. Standard actions when navigating in inshore waters
3. Strategy to plan a passage
4. Use of weather information in passage planning
5. Sources of local and national regulations

Environment protection

Responsibility for environment pollution and sea environment protection

a method of supplying the alarm at sea
rescue yachtsmen with a helicopter
sunrise in the offshore sea
MOB drill
liferaft training
liferaft training
liferaft training
liferaft training
climbing to liferaft during training
Single-hand mooring during Offshore Skipper course
How to launch
the life raft?
our students under the guidance of instructors will find the answer
How to climb on the mast of the yacht to eliminate the dangerous situation?
to take the lightest member of the crew
and put two strong guys on the winches
Exploding life raft and rescue exercises with it
Offshore Skipper
What is it needed for?
Probably every second course leaver who has received the certificate of the captain of daytime sailing (Inshore Skipper, Bareboat Skipper, Day Skipper) and traveled around several charter waters, understands that two short weeks in the yachtschool taught him only the basic skills.
Not any school will make you captain. Not for two weeks, not for two months.
The true mastery of skipper requires a lot of efforts and time of the student. But what we can do, if we are already sick of these short day-long charters and strive to go further – across the sea, to cope with the yacht single-handed and sail at night?
To prepare you for such adventures is the task of our Offshore Skipper course, a true master class of high yachting, combining programs of ISSA Offshore Skipper (Skipper of offshore sailing) and our author program of Single Hand Sailing (training of sailing single-handed)
The course takes place twice a year: in May and November. (see. Calendar-schedule)
N.B. For ready crews of 5 people we can organize the training on request
Course duration: one week;
Entrance qualification for the training:
- beginner skipper diploma (minimum: Inshore Skipper, Bareboat Skipper, DaySkipper)
- Note: 800 miles is not an axiom, but an actual number. It should be understood that the course is already designed for people having initial experience, so that the knowledge could lay down on the ground of hard-won questions and be remembered easier. 800 independent miles of sailing in the role of a captain according to the results of several passages;
Cost of the course: 1200 euro;
Lodging: in double cabin, on a yacht of business class;
The goal of the Offshore Skipper course is to give you the skills of safe navigation while yachting at night time, to provide practical training in search and rescue of a person overboard at night and to teach you to perform the main mooring operations single-handed, to operate the yacht single-handed, in narrowness, at strong wind and at speed. To extend the access to sail a sailing vessel on the open sea beyond the sight of the shore by giving extended theory and practice in calculation of tide waters and streams related to solution of practical tasks.

Saturday 18.00 – start of check-in
evening – supper, leisure

10.00 – finish of check-in, giving out of documents to the agent for processing
Morning – shopping
14.00 – taking back the documents, instructing, sailing, passage to the nearest bay, quick refresh of maneuvers under sail, motor, etc. (primarily for the unification of techniques with students who did NOT study in our school)
19.00 – mooring in the bay
20.00 – theory «Tide waters, falling tides, streams», practical problems at the lesson + home task

10.00 (depending on the load of pontoon)
a) session of navigation (we refresh)
b) practice of mooring:
- sailing at a usual speed (we refresh and get acquainted with the yacht)
- sailing at the highest speed with throttling (practice of mooring skills at strong wind)
- short-handed sailing: mooring By Stern to the ring
- short-handed sailing: mooring By Long Side to the ring
- mooring at half-lights, mooring in the dark
at 21.00 supper
at 23.00 – sailing and passage.
Passage is performed in a watch-method. Night port call is performed on light towers only, with no visibility of local area. Acquisition each 2-5 minutes.

06.00 - Mooring in marine.
07.00 – bed time
15.00 – wake up, lecture on passing of vessels and sea craft lights
17.00 – a stroll around the city
19.00 – exit, mooring beam on to pontoon with throwing a strap on a range cleat
21.00 – exit the bay, MOB night training, night search of a stated object X on light towers, a map and fathom lines, night passing through narrowness in the bay.

05.00 – mooring in the bay
06.00 – bed time
14.00 – wake up, leisure, lecture on safety, theory seminar
20.00 – sailing, another practice of passing through narrowness, night navigation and night МОВ,
04.00 – simulation of a real accident with evacuation of the crew on a rescue raft (life raft).

06.00 – mooring in a bay. Leisure.
14.00 – Exit for the next destination
22.00 – mooring. Leisure.

10.00 – getting ready for examinations
14.00 – theoretical examination
18.00 – practical examination
20.00 – mooring in home marine
22.00 – graduation
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