IPC

International Proficiency Certificate©
For Bareboat Chartering in the European Union

If you desire to charter a sailboat in the Mediterranean, we recommend obtaining 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.

In order to obtain an International Proficiency Certificate©, applicants must:

  • Have a current membership with US Sailing
  • Be US Sailing certified through bareboat cruising**
  • Be a U.S. Citizen

For more information about US Sailing’s International Proficiency Certificate©, call US Sailing at 401-683-0800.

International Proficiency Certificate Application

**A sailor with previous experience and competency can challenge the required prerequisite levels by completing the written and practical examinations required for each certification. For further information on challenging our certifications, please visit the Challenge a Course page of our website.

The following countries require a certificate

Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Spain
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom

The following countries may require a certificate for use within their territory.  Check with your charter company.
Moldova
Russian Federation
Serbia
Sweden
Ukraine

List of countries as of 1/13/2017