Tiller and Kites - IYT School

Why Tiller and Kites should be Your choice: WE ONLY DO PRIVATE LESSONS!

We teach primarily ‘location specific’ courses as well as Internationally recognized certifications. Lake sailing has its own unique challenges and demands that are different to coastal or open-water sailing. We teach and train specifically to your location as well as open water and coastal sailing.

ABOUT ICC (International Certificate of Competency) – it is now mandatory to hold a recognized International Certificate of Competency (ICC) if you wish to charter a boat in certain European countries. It is generally required for the inland and coastal waters of Mediterranean countries. In Northern Europe and Scandinavia the ICC is generally not required, but it is strongly advised you check with any European, Scandinavian, or Eastern European country that you wish to charter in before you leave.

Tiller and Kites also teaches and certifies the following IYT courses:

  • Dinghy (4 levels)
  • Youth Sailing – Dinghy and Keel Boats
  • IYC Day Skipper/Crew – Keel Boat
  • International Bareboat Skipper Sail and International Crew / Sail
  • International Yacht Racing/High Performance
  • Small Powerboat & RIB Master
  • VHF Marine Communication
  • IYT ICC Certification SAIL and POWER
  • Specific ‘skills’ courses, including spinnaker sailing and race training
  • Personal Water Craft (Jetski)

Tiller and Kites is an International Yacht Training certified sailing school based in Peoria (Lake Pleasant) just north of Phoenix, Arizona. International Yacht Training is considered by many (especially charter companies) as the gold standard in sail boat training.
Our school has the largest and most diverse fleet of boats in Arizona – dinghies, catamarans, race boats and cruising boats. You do not ‘learn to sail’ a boat – you learn to sail all types of boats.

 

The courses and training are designed to create Competent, Confident and Capable sailors.

WHAT WE OFFER

Knowledge

Learning HOW things work on a boat is not that hard. Understanding WHY and how to use that knowledge gets you closer to the true art of sailing.

Technique

There may be more ways than one to get from A to B. Efficient and intelligent technique gets you there safer, quicker and comfortably. Learn how.

Experience

Achieved through repetition and time on the water - at the helm, trimming, on the bow. Learn every aspect of mastering and commanding a sailboat with confidence and safety always in mind.

GET TO KNOW TILLER AND KITES

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT US
  • We use several different classes of boats from 8 to 37 feet.
  •  Classes on Lake Pleasant and San Carlos, Mexico
  •  The boats are the definitive example of their class.
  •  All boats are impeccably maintained and race-ready at all times.
  •  The boats are easily recognizable by their distinctive hull colors.
  •  Tiller and Kites is an International Yacht Training certified sailing school.
  •  Learn at your pace, go as far (and fast) as you want to!.

COURSES

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“TRY SAILING” INTRO TO SMALL BOAT/KEEL BOAT SAILING

A very immersive One Day course for those with none or some sailing experience but want to learn the proper basics of sailing.
This keelboat course is on board one of our J/24s.
This is our only ‘small group’ course.

$225.00 per person (Min 3 people)


$275.00 per person (Min 2 people)


1 day, Lake Pleasant

    IYT DAY SKIPPER/CREW COURSE (Private Lessons)

    Our most popular course, the IYT DAY SKIPPER/CREW course was designed specifically for Capable, Competent and Confident sailing as both helmsman and crew.
    Some classroom time- lots of sailing usually aboard one of our J/24s (or similar keelboats)

    THIS COURSE IS ALL one-on-one  ‘PRIVATE LESSONS’. Please contact us if you have a ‘group’
    Beginner: 3 Days $750 per person.

    Some experience: 2 Days $600 per person

    IYT Day Skipper/Crew course certificate $58.00

      IYT SMALL POWERBOAT/RIB MASTER (Private Lessons)

      Learn how to properly and safely operate a powerboat up to 10 meters. This IYT course covers basic and advanced powerboat operation and is needed to obtain your powerboat ICC (see below) Can be combined with VHF sand ICC for the complete certification. This course is online and in-person.

      $800.00 per person (plus fuel) 


      2 days and includes VHF certification


      IYT Small Powerboat/RIB

       

      Master certificate $60.00

        IYT INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY (ICC) SAIL (Private Lessons)

        The most sought after and internationally accepted ICC certificate is the IYT-ICC. The ICC-Sail course is for experienced sailors wanting to rent/charter especially overseas.
        Course ITY-ICC <24m Sail, <10m power COASTAL

        $600.00 per person (weekdays)


        $700.00 per person (weekends)


        2 days


        IYT ICC certificate $85.00

          IYT INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY (ICC) POWER (Private Lessons)

          The IYT ICC course and certificate for up to 10 meter powerboats. As with sail, this is a course for experienced power boat operators wanting to rent/charter overseas. NOTE: You may also need the Small Powerboat/RIB Master certificate in certain countries. These courses will be combined

          $800.00 per person (weekdays)


          $950.00 per person (weekends)


          2 days


          IYT ICC certificate $85.00

            IYT VHF RADIO OPERATOR/MARINE COMMUNICATIONS (Private Lessons)

            Generally combined with the more advanced Keel Boat courses, the IYT VHF certification can also be obtained as a stand-alone certificate.

            $200.00 per person (weekdays)


            $250.00 per person (weekends)


            1 day


            IYT certificate $33.00

              SEA MILES BUILDER. LAKE PLEASANT

              Qualified/IYT Certified sailors can ‘add miles and time’ to their logbook sailing the boat they trained on – the J/24.
              Minimum: Day Skipper/Crew certificate is required.

              $400/per day, minimum 2 on board.

                TILLER AND KITES INTRO TO CATAMARAN SAILING (MAY-OCT) (Private Lessons)

                Catamarans require a slightly different ‘skill’ set when sailing fast in any point-of-sail.
                They are agile, light and accelerate like no other boat.
                Our 1 Day catamaran experience will show you what it takes to start mastering two hulls.

                $350.00 per person (weekdays)


                $500.00 per person (weekends)

                 

                1 day

                 

                NACRA 5.0 or NACRA 5.8 High Performance catamarans (1 or 2 plus instructor)

                  TILLER AND KITES “BIG BOAT” EXPERIENCE

                   

                  The Capri 37s are the largest and most powerful race boats on Lake Pleasant. Over 12,000lbs of pure sailing pleasure! Big deck, big sails, big fun.

                  $1000.00 per day (weekdays)


                  $1200.00 per day (weekends)


                  1 day


                  Up to 8 crew plus instructor

                    RACE CHARTER/RACE CREW – Racing events

                    Do you want to race one of our boats on Lake Pleasant? You can choose from 4 types Coronado 15, J/24, Andrews 26 or Olson 30.
                    Or.. if you want to improve your sailing, crew with us on one of our boats.

                    C-15 (Portsmouth) $150.00/day


                    J/24 – $450.00/day


                    Andrews 26 – $550.00/day


                    Olson 30 – $650.00/day


                    Crew with TandK $125.00/per person

                      IYT 11 DAY BAREBOAT SKIPPER. Mediterranean or Caribbean

                      The ‘ultimate’ sailing certificate to be able to charter most anywhere in the world: The IYT Bareboat Skipper certificate can be combined with ICC Sail, VHF, Small Powerboat/RIB courses.

                      $Varies by location and season
                      Please inquire
                      This course is offered mainly in summer in the Mediterranean. Please visit www.sailgrandcrew.com and CLUB AYR

                      IYT 7 DAY FLOTILLA SKIPPER. Mediterranean or Caribbean

                      One level below ‘Bareboat’ the Flotilla Skipper allows you to command a vessel while the skipper is not at the helm.
                      The Bareboat Skipper course also available for well qualified sailors. This is an advanced course.

                      $Varies by location and season
                      Please inquire
                      This course is offered mainly in summer in the Mediterranean. Please visit www.sailgrandcrew.com and CLUB AYR

                      SEA MILES BUILDER. Mediterranean or Caribbean

                      Sea Miles builder is also a lead to the Bareboat certification. Each mile with you at the helm counts towards your bareboat certification.
                      Get a combined 200 hours of Sea Miles is a great place to start..

                      $Varies by location and season
                      Please inquire
                      This course is offered mainly in summer in the Mediterranean. Please visit www.sailgrandcrew.com and CLUB AYR

                      about us

                      Tiller And Kites is a International Yacht Training accredited school based in Phoenix AZ. TandK boats are known for their distinctive shocking pink hulls. The IYT courses offered are designed specifically for sailing in the desert Southwest.

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