Acceptable boating licenses abroad
So, you want to rent a boat abroad? Just like renting a car, a license is needed. This license confirms your ability to operate the vehicle. However, it’s a very big world out there, and not every country or even continent operates in the same way. Therefore a license is certainly needed!
How a boating license works abroad
The ICC (AKA International Certificate of Competence) is the most broadly accepted boating qualification. It is accepted in most countries within Europe and alongside the Mediterranean waterway. This qualification gives formal proof that the holder has taken the necessary training to demonstrate adequate boating skills. This training also consists of VHF radio operator and first aid certification.
Is the ICC acceptable everywhere?
Though the ICC is accepted as a boating license in most European countries, there are of course some countries that do not accept it. These countries include; Ukraine, Spain, Moldova, Portugal, Serbia, the United States, Sweden, and Greece.
In the US-
Different regulations are set concerning boating qualifications around the United States. Some require that a skipper or captain is on board the moving vessel, while others require a boating license that can be requested online. Prior to your trip, be sure to ask about the requirements for a boating license or skipper.
In the Caribbean-
Usually, chartering in the Caribbean requires the ICC or the IYT Worldwide.
PER (skipper license) is needed for boats of 15 meters (50 ft) or more. Boats this size can be driven up to 12 nautical miles away front the coast. However, boats of up to 6 meters (20 ft) do not require any form of boating license. For more info on boating licenses in Spain, check out Angloinfo.
The most appropriate alternative to not having a boating license is to hire a skipper/captain for your rental. This is a great option if you don’t have the time to get the appropriate boating license. Also, if you’d rather just enjoy the ride without worrying about all the mechanics, a skipper is the best option! Sit back and relax.
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