Originally Posted by goboatingnow
Firstly. Croatia does NOT require an ICC , what is does require is that the skipper
has some formal sailing qualification and its accepts a wide variety of such qualifications , including ASA , RYA etc including the ICC.
the flag of the vessel doesn't protect you from the application of local laws. Your boat is not a diplomatic property. Its is not the " soil " of your country. You are subject to ALL local laws that apply , even if it seems they are not enforced.
The adoption or otherwise of resolution 40 does not prevent the issuing or recognition of the ICC. Many countries avoided signing it because they felt their own national regulations
were or a higher standard ( or they had no licensing requirements all )
Be careful of the advice given on this board. It is sometimes incorrect. Below is an excerpt from a leading British Sailing School
. RYA is NOT an acceptable qualification on its own. Still needs an ICC. ASA is a laughing stock and cannot issue an ICC. ASA was trying to get ICC compliant but it was rejected and will never have the ability to issue an ICC. When you take the IYT (International Yacht Training) courses, the ICC comes with it.
Lets get our facts straight instead of guessing or doing a 2 minute google
International Certificate of Competence ICC Explained
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| May 2, 2013 10:03 pm | Posted by Peter
We are increasingly being asked about what qualifications are needed when you charter
or go on flotilla holidays in Europe
and Croatia are particularly popular sailing holiday destinations and over the last few years, they have all generally got more stringent in their demands for skippers of all vessels to hold certificates which indicate levels of competence.
The type of certificate you need to hold varies from country to country. A full STCW Certificate, which by international agreement sets the Standard of Training, Certification
and Watchkeeping among professional seafarers is generally accepted, but this is a very high level qualification which is seldom held by leisure sailors.
When you charter overseas the yacht will not
normally be UK flagged, and if this is the case, then you will need to hold a certificate which is accepted by the country in which you are sailing. Surprisingly, Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualifications such as Day Skipper
, Coastal Skipper and even Yachtmaster are not usually accepted on their own. Most often you will be asked to provide an International Certificate of Competence, or ICC as it is commonly called. Our best advice is to check with the charter / holiday company before you book and obtain written confirmation of what sailing certificate or licence will be required when you are on holiday.
International Certificate of Competence
The International Certificate of Competence (ICC), or more correctly the International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft is fast becoming the accepted qualification for leisure sailors in most European countries. Contrary to popular belief, the ICC is not of EU origin and isn’t the boating
equivalent of the EU driving licence for road vehicles, which all EU member
states are obliged to accept. It was originally created to allow pleasure navigation
along the rivers Rhine and Danube and was adopted by The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
(UNECE) Inland Transport Committee Working Party on Inland Water
Transport (A bit of a mouthful!). Its primary aim was to standarise the qualification needed to navigate these two great rivers, which pass through a number of countries; each of which had its own certification