Originally Posted by Juicycanada
Wow thanks for all the info
I will look up these companies based on your recommendations and let you know how it turns out. Nice to know so many people here are from Vancouver. I still wonder is there any major difference between ISPA, CYA, and IYT? As in does one have big advantages over the others? I am guessing the obvious is international vs national.
All of those standards are recognized.
Some procedural differences
- both CYA and IT use written exams for each standard. ISPA uses module assessments.
- CYA and ISPA have separate navigation
courses / manuals
, IYT integrates them
- CYA navigation
courses can be completed without a practical. Both IYT and ISPA have on the water
- IYT can offer an International Certificate of Competence through the Irish Sailing Association, ISPA has its own, CYA does not offer one.
There are some content differences:
- CYA and IYT coil lines, ISPA flakes lines
- CYA and IYT teach figure 8 MOBs, ISPA uses a heave-to, sail-to, heave-to method
- ISPA has a single-line docking
Regardless of what route
you take, the quality of instruction is what matters.