ICC – International Certificate of Competence


What qualification do you need to sail in Greece, Croatia or Turkey?

The ICC - International Certificate of Competence is an Internationally recognised certificate that qualifies its holders to sail in countries where formal qualifications are required, such as Croatia, Turkey and Greece.

Fastack South is the RYA Approved ICC test centre and has prepared thousands of candidates in gaining their qualification. You will be taught by an experienced Yacht Master Instructor who has had many years experience in training and assessing candidates on ICC's to enable you to charter on bareboat and flotilla holidays.

The two day ICC includes a day on yacht familiarity followed by the assessment on day two.

The five day ICC course includes 5 days of sailing (4 days of training and the assessment on the 5th day).

Those with limited sailing experience can take the 5 day ICC course from our UK base in Gosport. The training and assessment are designed to ensure you become a competent skipper to enable you to charter a yacht in Greece, Turkey or Croatia.

The ICC assessment is an internationally recognised certificate, enabling the holder to sail in countries where formal qualifications are compulsory. As many countries now require visiting yachtsmen to hold formal qualifications, the ICC provides official assurance from one government to another that the holder meets an agreed level of competence.

Please note:

The following UNECE countries have adopted Resolution 40. If you are a national of one of these countries and are resident in that country or another country on this list the RYA is not authorised to issue you with an ICC:

Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland,Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovakia,Switzerland

Course syllabus

1. Start
• Give safety briefing including use of safety equipment
• Has listened to weather forecasts
• Pre start engine checks
• Use kill cord (if fitted)
• Start engine
• Check cooling
• Knows fuel range
2. Depart from Pontoon
• Understands use of springs to depart from lee wall/pontoon
• Communicate with crew
• Position fenders correctly
3. 360° Turn in Confined Space
4. Securing to Buoy
• Communicate effectively with crew
• Prepare warp
• Choose correct angle of approach
• Control speed of approach
• Secure boat effectively
• Depart from the mooring safely
5. Man Overboard
• Observe MOB or instruct crew to do so
• Demonstrate correct direction and speed of approach
• Make suitable contact with MOB

6. Handling Under Sail

• Sail triangular course with one leg to windward
• Choose suitable area for hoisting/lowering sails
• Use sails suitable for prevailing conditions
• Show awareness of wind direction
• Trim sails correctly on each point of sailing
• Warn crew before manoeuvres
• Look round before tacking and gybing
• Control sails during tacking and gybing

7. Coming Alongside Windward Pontoon
• Communicate effectively with crew
• Show awareness of other water users
• Prepare warps/fenders
• Choose correct angle of approach
• Control speed of approach
• Stop boat in place required and secure to pontoon
• Stop engine

Theory assessment


1. Knows responsibility for keeping a proper lookout

2. Can determine a ‘safe speed’

3. Can recognise a potential collision situation

4. Can identify ‘give way’ vessel in a collision situation

5. Knows what action to take as ‘give way’ and ‘stand on’ vessel

6. Knows responsibilities of a small vessel in a narrow channel

7. Can recognise manoeuvring signals (1.2.3 & 5 short blasts)

8. Can make and recognise visual distress signals


1. Is able to use and instruct crew on the use of:
• Life jackets
• Distress alerting (e.g. DSC VHF, EPIRB, Flares, etc.)
• Fire extinguishers
• Kill cord (if fitted)
2. Can prepare a boat for use and take sensible precautions before setting out, including:
• Engine checks
• Check fuel for range / duration of trip
• Obtain weather forecast
• Avoid overloading boat

Download the ICC Application form: ICC Form


As per Dates on RYA Day Skipper page

To book call Dave on: 07506 122584

Price:2 Day £249 - 5 Day £559 (£759 for single cabin)