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What qualifications do you need to sail a yacht?

It always feels better to be the captain of your ship. Freedom and independence are in your nature and you feel like home at the sea. When it comes to relaxing holidays, you'd rather embark on bareboat sailing , than skippered yacht charter holidays. Read our article to find out what qualifications do you need for bareboat charter holidays in Croatia, Greece or Turkey and set sail on your own voyage of discovery!

Sailing Requirements in Greece

To charter a yacht in Greece, there must be at least one certified skipper and one experienced crew member, both over 18 years old. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know your position at any time.

The Skipper should be accompanied by at least one crew member (First Mate) of “Competent Crew” level or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association.* As a yacht skipper, you are required to have a sailing license or a certificate from a recognized sailing association AND/OR an ICC or IPC as detailed below:

Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following:

 ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International – Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Course”

or similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association or complete the ICC

Assessment form to prove competence from previous experience.

 IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America – Prerequisites: ASA 104 or US Sailing “Bareboat

Cruising Course”

AND/OR

 UK - RYA Day Skipper practical (with our without photo)

 USA – US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”, ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above

 Germany – “Sportbootführerschein See“ or above

 Belgium - Algemeen Stuurbrevet/ Brevet de conduite général

 France - LE PERMIS PLAISANCE

 Or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association

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Sailing Requirements in Croatia

To charter in Croatia, there must be at least one certified skipper over 18 years old. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know your position at any time. As a yacht skipper, you are required to have an official sailing license or a certificate issued by a government of state approved organization as detailed below: Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following:

 ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International – Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Course” or

similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association or complete the ICC Assessment form to

prove competence from previous experience.

 IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America – Prerequisites: ASA 104 or US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising

Course”

AND/OR

 UK - RYA Day Skipper practical (with our without photo)

 USA – US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”, ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above

 Germany – “Sportbootführerschein See“ or above

 Belgium - Algemeen Stuurbrevet/ Brevet de conduite général

 France - LE PERMIS PLAISANCE

 Or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association

A list of officially accepted licenses is available at the Croatian Ministry of Sea website – (http://www.mmpi.hr). Please

check the list of officially accepted licenses before contacting the base with any queries as the list is updated every few

months. This list is organized by country and details the accepted competence levels for experience, boat size and

distance-from-shore-sailing for the various certificates accepted.

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Sailing Requirements in Turkey


To charter a yacht in Turkey, there must be at least one skipper and one crew member, both over 18 years old. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know your position at any time. As a yacht skipper, you are required to have a sailing license or a certificate from a recognized sailing association as detailed below:

Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following:

 ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International – Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Course” or similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association or complete the ICC Assessment form to prove competence from previous experience.

 IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America – Prerequisites: ASA 104 or US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”

AND/OR

 UK - RYA Day Skipper practical (with our without photo)  USA – US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”, ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above

 Germany – „Sportbootführerschein See“ or above

 Belgium - Algemeen Stuurbrevet/ Brevet de conduite général  France - LE PERMIS PLAISANCE

 Or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association

It is compulsory to have a sailing license for the skipper. This document has to be registered in the transit log and presented to the port authorities.

Charter Preparation Tips

A copy of sailing certificates must be sent to the base and received at least 2 weeks before the start of the charter. It is

vital that skippers take their original copies of certificates with them, as it is likely that they are requested to present

them in person.

 

 

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