International Proficiency Certificate

Bareboat Chartering in Europe

International Proficiency Certificate© For Bareboat Chartering in the European Union

If you desire to charter a sailboat in the Mediterranean, obtaining a US Sailing International Proficiency Certificate© (IPC) will simplify the charter process and allow you to 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. 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.  Anyone who has successfully completed their Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certifications may apply for the IPC .

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 a two day challenge course to meet the EU requirements.  In essence, you are challenging the Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising US Sailing Certifications, and the course is an evaluation of your skills.  Candidates will be provided with the textbooks to prepare for the written exams and should arrive prepared to take all three multiple choice exams.  There will be a walkthrough conducted on our 26′ tiller steered keelboats as well as our 37′ or 40′ cruisers to test knowledge of systems including sail controls, propulsion, plumbing, ground tackle, electronics, etc. On the second day of the training, students will be required to demonstrate core competencies of the Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising courses on one of our cruising sailboats.

Although some instruction 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

Cost: $895

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