Club Sail Tenerife is one of only 6 approved IYT Instructor Training Centres Worldwide!!

IYT Instructor Training Centre

Winter Sun Instructor Training Sail, Power, Powerboat & Theory Courses 

We have been training Yachtmasters in the Sun for more than 25 Years!


IYT Instructor Courses are mainly run during the off season (October to May) when it is still SUNNY in Tenerife but IYT Schools can spare Instructors to attend the course.

We offer Initial IYT Instructor Courses as well as upgrades to higher levels. 
We train Instructors for all  IYT Recreational Courses 
IYT Sailing & IYT Power Courses all levels to IYT Yachtmaster Offshore
IYT Powerboat to IYT RIB Master Instructor
All Courses taught by:

IYT Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor Trainers 

All of our IYT Instructor Courses are attended by the IYT Chief Examiner (Europe) John Goode, who will pass on some of the essential core principles of teaching navigation & seamanship.  Below are some of the PDF articles that John Goode has written for a number of various prestigious Yachting Magazines, which you may find useful and informative even the Novice Sailor!  All candidates who attend will be presented with one of John Goode´s famous plotters.  

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Proposed Winter Dates 2018 for Instructor Courses:

Monday 1st - Friday 5th October 2018

Monday 5th - Friday 9th November 2018

Monday 3rd - Friday 7th December 2018

Registration Dates TBC

(Additional courses will be run as required for 2018 subject to demand):

Instructor Approval General Guidelines

Please note that all instructors must be associated with a school.  IYT do not allow freelance instructors.

Recreational courses may be taught in any language.

The Instructor Application can be made once the Instructor Candidate has successfully completed their Instructor Course.  Please note that the fees for your IYT Recreational Certificate & Official Instructor Membership are normally applied for by your own School directly to IYT.  Please refer to the IYT Website for further information relating to fees.

Instructors will receive an ´IYT Recreational Certificate´ and ´Official Instructor Membership´ Letter listing the courses they are approved to instruct. This list of courses is also available on the instructor´s IYT account profile. Instructor membership is annual and must be maintained in order to remain qualified to instruct and place orders for student certificates.

Upon Successful completion of your IYT Instructor Course your School can then apply on your behalf to IYT for your Instructor Certificate & IYT Instructor Membership.  If you have any questions about this, then please email me: 

Instructor approval will be determined by evaluating each application on a case-by-case basis. 

IYT accept qualifications from other sailing and boating organisations for instructor certification, but do so on a case-by-case basis. Examples: AMSA, RYA, Sail Canada, US Sailing.



Price per person: € 1,025 includes:

5 days tuition from a qualified IYT Yacht Master Instructor Trainer, use of a sailing yacht for practical elements, including fuel and mooring fees at the Base Marina.   Unfortunately, The Spanish Law prohibits us from collecting students from the airport.  We will provide full joining instructions at the time of booking your course.  

Not included: 
Should you wish to reserve on-shore accommodation please note that this & food is not included.  Transport to and from the classroom for the Theory Days.  IYT fees for plastic (credit card style) certificates are purchased at the end of your course.  Your Instructor Certification & Membership is usually done via your school directly through IYT after successful completion of your course.  


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.
It is conducted under the guidance of John Goode, IYT Chief Examiner (Europe) who is 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.


5 days from Monday to Friday from 09:00–18:00 every day. The 1st and 5th days are classroom based. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th days take place on our yacht.
The course requires 100% attendance.


By the end of the course the participants should understand the basic theory and practical application of instructing in a classroom and afloat to the level required of the instructor endorsement being sought.

Each candidate will be required to prepare 20 minute theory & practical lessons on a subject issued to him/her before the class starts.

In addition the final assessment will be based on:

Continuing assessment throughout the course.                                               



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.

For the recommended pre-entry requirements please refer to the IYT Website.  Should you have any further questions regarding eligibility please feel free to contact me:


All those who attended our courses this year thoroughly enjoyed & benefited from the course. More emphasis is spent on the practical elements, i.e. first day is in the classroom and the next 3 days are then spent out on the water simultaneously training/assessing a candidate´s abilities. The final day is spent with final admin, which includes showing candidates the relevant IYT Systems.

Providing a candidate has the required theoretical knowledge, practical experience & sea time, it is not always necessary to have the required IYT pre-required certification. John Goode will be in attendance on all Instructor Courses and he can, at his discretion, assess and issue the required certificates at the appropriate level.

If you would like further details on our Instructor Courses please email me:

Below are some of the details of what the course outline is.

Course Duration:  Approx.  40 Hours over 5 days (Monday to Friday)  Venue:  Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain or Your Base Location by special arrangement only.

Dates for Courses:
(Additional courses will be run as required for 2018 subject to demand):

Additional Instructor Courses will be run as required for 2018 subject to demand.

Club Sail Tenerife reserves the right to amalgamate courses in the event of under subscription.


Maximum of only 4 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.