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. The certificate is good for five years from the date of issue.
In order to obtain an International Proficiency Certificate©, applicants must:
- Have a current membership with US Sailing
- Be US Sailing certified through bareboat cruising**
For more information about US Sailing’s International Proficiency Certificate©, call US Sailing at 401-342-7934.
**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
The following countries may require a certificate for use within their territory. Check with your charter company.
List of countries as of 1/13/2017