International Certificate of Competence - ICC

Complete the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for your ticket to hassle-free sailing around the world!

EastSail is accredited with the RYA to offer the International Certificate of Competence of Pleasure Craft – otherwise known as the ICC.

The ICC is essentially a ‘bareboat license’ that many harbour masters now demand from owners or charterer skippers around the world – it is documentary assurance that the holder is a competent sailor. Requirements for an ICC vary from country to country, but holding one is important when sailing in foreign countries, in particular the European inland waterways.

You can either undergo RYA training up to Dayskipper level (shorebased and practical) or if you are an experienced sailor with good theoretical knowledge you can be assessed by an RYA instructor. The ICC assessment consists of practical and theory elements that will be assessed over half a day aboard one of our 10-12m yachts. A full day is required to assess 2 people.

International Certificate of Competence FAQ's

Is the ICC valid across all of Europe for bareboat charters?
Many European countries have signed up to Resolution 40 from which the ICC originates, or its predecessor Resolution 14. Although Greece, Spain and Portugal have not signed this agreement, you are still likely to be asked for an ICC in these countries. The RYA website provides guidance on boating in Europe and you should always check with a charter company as to the current requirements of the country prior to organising a charter.
If I have an RYA Dayskipper or Yachtmaster certificate do I still need an ICC?
Yes, officially you do however some countries in Europe will accept your Dayskipper or Yachtmaster certificate. If you have an RYA Dayskipper or Yachtmaster you do not need to do an assessment, you can apply directly to the RYA in the UK for an ICC. However, when operating within the inland Waterways of Europe, an ICC is essential. In this case, you will need to apply first for an ICC with CEVNI endorsement available online via the RYA.
See the ICC Application Form here. The skills that will be assessed are on page 3.
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