If you are operating a boat in Europe you will now need an International Certificate of Competency (ICC) and Cooper Boating through its partnership with International Yacht Training can now help you obtain these documents.
The approval to issue the International Certificate of Competence was awarded to the IYT Worldwide by the Irish Department of Transport of the Government of Ireland on January 21st 2011.
With European governments currently juggling budgets, the police and enforcement bodies are scrambling with reduced budgets and consequently are only too happy to fine you for not having the required paperwork. Accordingly, charter companies in the affected regions will generally not even accept your charter reservation if you do not hold an ICC.
Unlike the Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card, the International Certificate of Competency requires demonstration of required skills in a practical setting - it's not just a quiz, but time on the water with an approved instructor who is willing to sign off that you meet the requirements. Courses can be a lot of fun and great review before being examined for an ICC. If you are 'up to speed', we can arrange to have you tested as soon as you are ready - Cooper is open year round in the mild west coast climate. Plan early to get your ICC as it combines practical evaluation and theory.
The Mediterranean is a beautiful place to charter and a group from Cooper Boating sailed there in September 2011 with Marla able to organize all their requirements ahead of time and that lead to smooth sailing indeed.
Past graduates of IYT Worldwide may automatically obtain an ICC based on their current IYT Worldwide qualifications. The ICC complies with the Economic Commission for Europe, Resolution No.40 on International Certificates for Operators of Pleasure Craft.
This certification allows the operator to command a pleasure craft up to 24 meters in length (78 ) or 80 gross tons. This certification was previously only available (through IYT Worldwide) to Irish and U.K citizens but is now available to everyone.
For further information on how to obtain your ICC please contact Cooper Boating today.