What Qualifications Do I Need to Charter a Yacht?

What Experience or Qualifications do I Need to Charter a Yacht

What Qualifications Do I Need to Charter a Yacht?

What Expereince Do I Need to Charter a Yacht?

When Preparing Charters This is our Most Frequently asked Question

What Qualifications Do I Need to Charter a Yacht is a burning question for good reason. Whilst skippers and crew offer some great advantages during a yacht charter, going solo os great too. So let’s help and lets start by breaking it down:

  1. Experience. In almost all cases – you need some experience. Any yacht charter company offering to charter you a boat without a skipper, is probably breaking more than one law. In the end, what experience you need to charter a yacht, comes down to 3 things:
    • Comfort. What you are comfortable with. In most all cases, you will be responsible for other people, and let’s not forget, someone else’s boat.
    • Charter Area. We rate our charter areas into 5 categories, from easiest, to the tricky. For those interested, the Ionian in Greece would be one, sailing offshore for UK to France, a 5.
    • Charter Fleet Operator (CFO). These are the guys who are responsible in law to the state and the insurance companies. Whatever your agent says, it is the CFO that makes the final decision.
  2. Qualification. So this depends again on 3 further factors:
    • No restrictions. Areas like the Caribbean spawned the expression “Credit Card Captain“. Which means you just need to convince the operator, and off you go.
    • State Restrictions. Most countries have some kind of legislation. But as you want boats to come to your shores (yachties are fairly wealthy), regulation varies a lot.
    • EU Restrictions. Some countries in the EU have signed up the the EU’s own rules, which are, as you can imagine, a little more restrictive.

What’s Typical Required?

To skipper a bareboat charter yacht or participate in a flotilla, outside the Caribbean, you are likely to need a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical, International Certificate of Competence (ICC), ASA 103, 104 or above.

For charters in Greece now, you required to hold an ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by member over the age of 18 who need not have a formal qualification, but will be named on the ships documents.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

If you wish to take part on a flotilla but do not have an RYA qualification then you may like to choose our ‘Learn on flotilla‘ option on the Ionian flotilla in Greece.

Alternatively, RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or from one of our overseas centres in GibraltarGreeceTurkey or Croatia.

What qualification do I need to charter a yacht a table of general comparison of the global awarding bodies

1. What Can I do with My Sailing Qualification?

Once You Have a Sailing Qualification Where do You Start?

So, if you have the experience and a qualification, then it’s likely you are going to be able to charter a yacht. The best option if you are looking for a yacht charter or flotilla, is to just ask.

This is because, at the end of all the analysis, the answer to what qualifications do I need to charter a yacht, actually lies with each operator – they always have the final decision.

2. Our Charter Qualification Service

Use Our Charter Qualification Check Service

If We Don’t Definitely Know – We Know who Definitively Does

We have never had a client refused at check-in, we can ensure it does not happen to you. So, whether you are just curious, planning for the future, or looking to charter soon, it is really important to avoid any disappointment. We have created this simple article to help you understand what you are likely to need.

Check to See If You Have the Experience or Qualification to Charter a Yacht

As we have pointed out, policies vary across countries and even operators in the same reason, so it makes sense to check. Whether you are a SailChecker customer or not, we will happily review your qualifications and experience.

Let us know your experience

This article is given as a guide and we hope to improve on the information using your comments and suggestions. In case you’re not sure or thinking about a new charter destination, we aim to give you a positive idea to answer the question, what qualifications do I need to charter a yacht?

3. What Qualifications Do I Need to Charter a Yacht?

We take a look at Recognised Governing Bodies for Sailing Qualifications

Recognised Qualifications

National Governing Bodies. The RYA is still the most globally recognised qualifications franchise. Other national frameworks such as the American Sailing Association (ASA) are all generally accepted worldwide.

International Certificate of Competency (ICC). In certain European countries, it is, in theory at least, mandatory to hold an International Certificate of Competency (ICC) if you want to bareboat charter a yacht. We discuss the relevance of that qualification here.

Exceptions to ICC. There are notable exceptions, in Northern Europe and Scandinavia the ICC is generally not required; that said it is still best to check with the individual charter company before you book. For any SailChecker reliant on a resume of sailing, we will always check this out for you and advise you accordingly.

The ICC is Resolution 40 passed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). In essence, the ICC is designed to provide the documentary assurance, from one country to another, that the holder meets the levels of competence laid down in the Resolution.

4. ICC Accepted Countries

The following countries have adopted Resolution 40 and officially accept the ICC as proof of boating competence within their territory:

  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

What Qualifications Do I Need to Charter a Yacht?

5. Countries Requiring Additional Proof

The following have again not officially adopted Resolution 40 but usually require some other proof of boating competence before allowing a bareboat charter:

  • Greece
  • Moldova
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia
  • Sweden
  • Ukraine
  • United States

6. Not Adopted but Accepted

The following have not officially adopted Resolution 40 but do accept ICC’s for use in their territorial waters:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Poland

7. What Qualifications Do I Need to Charter a Yacht - Inland Waterways

Inland waterways generally require an ICC with CEVNI (Code European Des Voies De Navigation Interieure (Revision 2)) inland endorsement. You will normally need to pass an examination to get an INLAND endorsement on an IYT International Certificate of Competence to operate a boat on European waterways. We always recommend researching the regulations contained in the European Code for Inland Waterways yourself and take the CEVNI examination and/or attend a suitable course.

8. What Qualifications Do I Need to Charter a Yacht in Croatia

One of the most tricky places to charter is Croatia. You can download an exhaustive list of all accepted qualifications in Croatia below. They have just updated in 2020 for new accepted qualifications.

Check it out click here to download the authorised list of qualifications require in Croatia.

 

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