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.
**A sailor with previous experience and competency can challenge the required prerequisite levels by completing the written and practical examinations required for each certification.
1If you are submitting your form digitally please be sure to CHECK OUT ONLINE HERE to complete the certification process.
For more information about US Sailing's International Proficiency Certificate©, call US Sailing at 401-342-7900.
The following countries require a certificate:
The following countries may require a certificate for use within their territory. Check with your charter company.Moldova
List of countries as of 1/3/2018