So you want to spend a nice week or two in a beautiful location bobbing around on a bareboat charter. No problem, pick your dates and pay your money. If you are planning a trip t the Virgin Islands, no problem, just let them know you own a 34′ keelboat and supply them with your sailing resume, Bob’s your uncle, you’ve got a reservation. Not so fast in Europe, the beautiful cruising grounds of Croatia, Greece, France, and Italy require some pesky certification. An ICC to be exact. The International Certificate of Competency is required for most charter companies and its a bit hard to get one in Canada. It is available at It will cost $960 plus 19 hours of classes. Oh, check out the prerequisites below!
Now the VHF isn’t that big a deal and I did take the CPSC Boating 4 – Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1 (Formerly – Seamanship) so I should be able to squeeze in under the equivalent experience or certification clause.
International Certificate of Competence (ICC) – Theory & Practical 16 hours): $695
Includes all material and the IYT processing fee (ICC Certificate)
This 16hr course has both a theoretical and practical portion. There will be approximately 13hrs spent in class on theory, and 3hrs on the afloat test. The International Certificate of Competence gives verification of competence for boaters using coastal waters in numerous countries across Europe. We are offering this course through International Yacht Training Worldwide.
This course is not meant for the novice boater. You must hold the Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising Standard, Coastal Navigation, and VHF-DSC Radio License or equivalent in experience or certification.
11A May 26 (Sat & Sun. 9am–5pm) 11B June 23 (Sat & Sun. 9am–5pm) 11C July 28 (Sat & Sun. 9am–5pm)
International Certificate of Competency (ICC) – Practical Test (3 hours): $265
This is a challenge of the afloat test portion of the ICC for either Sail or Power. The candidate must hold the Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising Standard plus the Sail Canada Coastal Navigation Standard or equivalent.
- United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee Working Party on Inland Water Transport Resolution 40
- Sail Canada
- Sail Ontario
- Power Sail Squadrons
- Harbour Front
You might want to read this before you get started on anything, the RYA ICC Handbook
Now if that isn’t a kick in the privates, I just found this:
In the past, if you were chartering in Europe, an International Certificate of Competency (ICC) may have been sufficient proof of your ability to safely operate a boat. However, it has recently been brought to our attention that a number of European charter companies and insurance companies will not accept an ICC as sufficient proof to command a yacht for a one week bareboat charter (power or sail). These companies are insisting that the charterer should hold an IYT International Flotilla Skipper or IYT International Bareboat Skipper, power or sail (or equivalent qualification that is on their “approved” list). https://www.iytworld.com/courses/international-certificate-of-competency-icc/