I’ve just been through all this while preparing for a 6 month cruise
around the Med. I’m an Aussie, and have an Australian boat license
, but was concerned about what the authorities in Europe
would require, as I had already booked a charter
for 2010 before deciding to buy the boat, and the Charter
company informed me that I would now need a Captain’s certificate (i.e. ICC) and VHF
operator’s certificate in order to take the charter in Croatia
. The course that the charter company offered in order to meet this requirement was approximately 2-3 days long, and I would have done the course at the charter base in Croatia, just before starting the charter. In the end I bought the boat and cancelled the charter, so then figured that I would need some certificates for the 6 month sailing adventure which was now in the works.
I was told that generally an RYA ICC
rating was required, however, I was then clearly told that as I am not an EU citizen, I was not eligible to receive an RYA ICC
. So after searching the net for a solution, and not receiving any firm information on what certificate could be used in lieu of the RYA ICC for non-EU types, I decided that I would just attend an ‘International Yacht Training’, Bareboat
Skipper course, and a VHF
Operators course, in order to have some ‘International’ certificates on hand in case I was asked.
Since then we have cruised for 4 months in the South of France
, the West coast
, Sardinia, Sicily
, the south Coast of Italy
, and Greece
, and have never been asked for any ‘skipper’s’ or ‘VHF’ certificates as such, however, we have been stopped and had the boat documents checked by various authorities around 6 times during our cruise
, but all they were interested in was the boat registration
, and were we legal
with respect to the VAT on the boat. Additionally, my insurance
company didn’t care about my certificates. I sent them copies for their reference, but I don’t think they even read them, just filed them.
The courses were a heap of fun, and I'm happy to have the certificates, because you never know what grumpy official you might meet. So if someone does ask to see my ‘ICC’, I will just have to try and explain that I'm not eligible for an ICC, but I have these other international certificates ..........