International Sailing Certificate
International Proficiency Certificate©
For Bareboat Chartering in the European Union
If you desire to charter a sailboat in the Mediterranean, obtain a US Sailing International Proficiency Certificate© to simplify the charter process and operate a vessel in compliance with EU law.
In order to make it easier for cruising sailors from the U.S. to charter sailboats in the European Union (EU), US Sailing has created a simple certification program for cruising sailors seeking to charter sailboats in European Union waters. The International Proficiency Certificate©, an extension of US Sailing’s current Keelboat Certification System, allows sailors who have completed a US Sailing Bareboat Cruising course to charter sailboats without a captain in EU waters.
The International Proficiency Certificate© works much like a driver’s license for a car. The certificate must be presented to a charter company to obtain a boat, and then carried aboard at all times while sailing in EU waters.
To accommodate the experienced sailor who desires or requires US Sailing certifications, we have created this course to meet the new EU requirements. In essence you are challenging the Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising US Sailing Certifications. Candidates will be provided with the texts to prepare for the written exams and should arrive prepared to take all three multiple choice exams. In the second half of the day the students will be required to demonstrate core competencies of the Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising on a cruising sailboat. Although some coaching will be provided, this offering is an evaluation rather than a course. Potential candidates should be prepared to demonstrate significant experience through resume submission and come prepared to demonstrate all the required skills.
Included in the cost:
- Textbooks from US Sailing for Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising
- Three US Sailing Certifications, based on tests and practical skills
- International Proficiency Certification
- One-year membership in US Sailing