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International Certificate of Competence

The International Certificate of Competency (ICC) is now required for operators of most vessels on both inland and coastal waters in a large part of the sailing community. You must have completed at least the VHF Marine Radio Operator’s certificate AND the International Skipper Course or equivalent of both to be eligible to gain the ICC.

Successfully passing this course will allow you to easily bareboat charter yachts internationally in areas like the Mediterranean or Caribbean. This course is frequently referred to as the ICC. 

Course Outline & Important Information

    • Introduction
    • Preparation for Sea – Safety briefing including use of all safety equipment
    • Pre-start engine checks
    • Pre-start weather checks
    • Start engine and check cooling
    • Check fuelling requirements and range
    • Each candidate executes a short pre-planned passage as skipper/captain
    • Testing of the following is required: – Alongside skills, departure/arrival at pontoon/dock
    • Man overboard recovery
    • Securing to a buoy
    • 360 degree turns
    • 3 point turn
    • Navigation skills
    • Handling under power
    • Handling under sail
    • Regulations and pilotage – Required for coastal
    • Navigation – Required for coastal
    • The course is run over a day from 9am to 5pm
    • Past students gain a 10% discount
  • It is important to be prepared for a day of yachting on Sydney Harbour. It is wise to bring the following: 

    • Sun safety gear
    • Warm jacket/jumper 
    • Wet weather gear (if required)
    • Water Bottle
    • Lunch (or be prepared to visit one of the eateries nearby)
    • Notepad and pen
    • Non marking shoes (avoid black soled shoes) 


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