SaferBoater's Certification Process
We pride ourselves on offering the best boating certifications to keep you compliant for both your Stateside Boating & International Travel Adventures.
We proudly partner with :
- US Sailing,
- US Powerboating, and
- National Safe Boaters Council
By earning these certifications and growing your boating experience, your aptitude will be recognized by charter companies and sailing schools worldwide.
This is also becoming increasingly important to insurance companies for the safety of your loved ones and the protection your insured assets.
US Powerboating - NASBLA approved in all 50 states
SaferBoater offers the only on-the-water training program authorized in South Carolina to certify you with the three boater-governing authorities: NASBLA*, SCDNR* & US Powerboating.
By completing a US Powerboating Certification Course, you will meet the standards set forth in ALL 50 states, including those that require a Boater’s Education Training Course in order to rent or purchase a boat.
That means if your state requires a Boating License, our course will meet their education requirements.
US Powerboating’s “Safe Powerboat Handling Certificate “, which is the only course approved through NASBLA in all 50 States for on-the-water training
SCDNR’s “State Boating Education Card”, the boating authority for the State of South Carolina
NASBLA’s “Approved Boaters Education Course”, which represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories
Sailing & MotorYacht IPC's
The IPC, or International Proficiency Certification works much like a driver’s license for a car, except for Really Big Boats!
Renting & Operating Boats on your International Travels
Suppose you desire to charter a Sailboat or MotorYacht in the Mediterranean. Will your US Boat Captains License be sufficient? In most cases, NO!
The IPC carries a higher approval level than a USCG Captain's license when it comes to international boat rentals.
These certifications are authorized by the European Union to simplify the charter process and authorize permit holders to operate a vessel in European waters.
How Does an IPC Work?
As mentioned, think of the IPC as a driver’s license for a yacht. The certificate must be presented to a charter company to rent 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.
This certification can also lower your insurance and allow you to drive your own yacht without a licensed captain.
The following countries require the International Proficiency Certificate (per US Sailing as of 03/2018):
Sailing - IPC Curriculum
Our Sailing Education Courses begins with the basics of sailing and concludes with skippering ability and crew coordination.
We take a novice with no knowledge and turn them into a competent sailor by beginning with our first 3 courses :
Upon completion of our core sailing skills you can apply for a US Sailing IPC and rent a sailboat basically anywhere in the world.
For advanced students, we also recommend & offer these 3 courses that go above and beyond the IPC requirement:
So yeah, the IPC is Kind of a Big Deal!
MotorYacht - IPC Curriculum
Our Yacht Education Courses begins with the basics of motor yachting and concludes with skippering ability and crew coordination.
We take a novice with no knowledge and turn them into a competent boater. The first two courses are required, and the third course below is recommended for your IPC
Upon completion of our core powerboating skills, you can apply for a MotorYacht IPC and rent a Yacht basically anywhere in the world.
National Safe Boaters Council
National Safe Boaters Council is approved by NASBLA and when complimented by BOATUS.org state test, then you meet the qualifications for licensing in any of the 22 states that currently require it. These on-the-water short modules give you the experience of safely running your boat for recreational use. With less time commitment, this course complements members of rental companies.