ICC - International Certificate of Competence (Sail)
The ICC is the most widely recognised certificate of competence, for those who wish to charter outside the UK.
If you are planning to sail or cruise within Europe and the Mediterranean, the RYA recommend that skippers hold the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).
ICC assessment weekends are run every weekend throughout the year from our base in Hamble. We run the ICC as an instructional course, where you have ample opportunity to practise manoeuvres; whilst we work through the assessment criteria.
The assessment is a mix of theoretical and practical elements. Ideally before you join us; you should be familiar with collision regulations, safety onboard, weather forecasting, basic chart work and pilotage. On the practical side we will work through manoeuvres under power, man overboard situations, picking up a mooring buoy and sailing a triangular course.
If you have no previous navigation experience, we would recommend that you take the online RYA Essential Navigation course, prior to attending an ICC weekend. This will give you a basic introduction to chart work.
For holders of the RYA Day Skipper practical course completion certificate, the Coastal Skipper practical course completion certificate, or the RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Coastal/ Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence - no further assessment is required. These certificates are of a higher level to the ICC. If you hold any of the certificates listed above, you can apply directly to the RYA for an ICC, by submitting a copy of the ICC application form along with a copy of your certificate. This is free for RYA members and £45 for non members.
If you are intending to take a boat through the European Inland Waterways system, i.e. canals, rivers, lakes etc. applicants must have passed a test called the CEVNI (European Inland Waterways Regulations).