Originally Posted by Kenomac
You will need an ICC license
from RYA to sail in many European countries including Montenegro and Croatia
which won’t even let you into the country with your boat unless you have one.
?? Croatia will actually let you take a boat out as long as you have at least RYA Day Skipper
Theory... Which you can learn and pass on your PC without ever seeing a yacht!
The important thing to learn about sailing is to be able to recognize how little you actually know!
If you think you know it all then you are heading toward a disaster, but please do it some where where I am not.
RYA Day Skipper practical (for which Day Skipper theory is a pre-requisite) actually includes 5 days on a yacht and should, in the terms of their syllabus, give you enough knowledge to take a yacht out in daylight in waters that you know.
OK so pass it, then send them £42, and hey presto you now have an ICC. An International Certificate of (PROBABLE) Incompetence, and can now hire a bare-boat in many countries (in waters that you do not know, and having never done a stern-to mooring
in your life,(and certainly not with a Bf4 cross wind)).
I have an RYA Yachtmaster
Coastal, and still find it challenging to get a 36ft+ yacht into (or out of) a stern-to mooring
in a Croatian marina, especially if I haven't done it for a few years, and I am on a bare-boat that I haven't handled before. (Give me a week and it all comes back together and it looks actually looks like I know what I am doing, but by then it is time to go home again!)
OK so I admit that I don't actually have enough experience. I only have some 15,000 miles, 15 months at sea (but over 15 years) but I do realise that I am still learning
every time that I cast off.
What I am actually trying to say is that Qualifications are a measurement, experience is what counts.
Yes some jurisdictions will require a certificate to show competence, but you need to know that that you are ACTUALLY competent, or even better too acknowledge that yes you do have the certificate but actually to admit to yourself that you aren't that competent when you get there.