If you’re looking to charter a yacht then you have to have the ICC in lots of the best destinations. The ICC is in effect a license that enables you to charter yachts. But it’s not hard to get. If you have an RYA Day skipper certificate then simply contact the RYA and if you’re a member they will provide you with an ICC for free. If you have chartered for years and now find that everybody is asking for a bit of paper then you can do a 1 day assessment. For the beginners and rusty skippers then we can offer a 2 or 5 day course.



:: Enables you to charter yachts all over the world

:: Direct assessment for experienced sailors

:: 2 and 5 day courses are available for those with little to no experience.


Course Syllabus

The ICC will test applicants skills in the following areas:

Short passage

Departing a pontoon

Communication with crew

Use of springs

Fender positioning

Man over board (MOB) procedures

Correct direction and speed of approach

Contact with MOB

Alongside Skills

Communication with crew

Awareness of other water users

Use of warps/fenders

Correct angle and speed of approach

Securing boat to pontoon

360 degree turn

Securing to a buoy

Communication with crew

Preparing warp

Correct angle and speed of approach

Securing the boat effectively

Departing from the buoy safely

Handling under sail

Choosing suitable sails for prevailing conditions

Choosing a suitable area for hoisting/lowering sails

Trimming sails correctly

Communicating with crew before undertaking any manoeuvres

Undertaking a check of the area before tacking and gybing

Power Manouvres

Awareness for other water users

Choosing a suitable area to carry out manoeuvres

Carrying out an emergency stop

Able to control speed on turns and warning crew before starting and executing emergency turns

Theory test


Able to recognise a potential collision situation

Able to recognise action to take as “stand on” and “give way” vessel

Able to determine a safe speed

Able to recognise manoeuvring signals

Able to recognise and make visual distress signals

Able to keep a proper lookout


Able to understand requirements for navigation lights and ships

Able to recognise sound signals

Able to recognise the following from the lights – vessel at anchor, power driven vessel and sailing vessel

Able to recognise, by day and night, and understand the significance of buoys of the IALA system

Able to plan a harbour entry/departure, taking in to account possible hazards

Aware of the sources of information regarding local regulations, port entry and departure signals and Port Operations radio


Able to plot a position by cross bearings and by Latitude and Longitude

Able to interpret a navigational chart and understand charted depths, drying heights and charted hazards

Able to use a tide table to find times and heights of high and low water

Able to determine direction and rate of tidal stream from a tidal atlas or from tidal diamonds

Able to determine magnetic course to steer, making allowances for leeway and tidal stream


Next Step

If you are looking to progress and gain more sailing qualifications then we would recommend either the Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper course.



You can do the ICC course in several locations from the UK to Greece and even onto the Caribbean.


Price Guide

Option 1 – If you have sufficient experience and feel you can go straight into the ICC assessment day then the cost would be around £129 plus an examination fee of around £43.

Option 2 – If you have sailed in the past but feel a bit rusty then we can offer a rusty skipper course run over a weekend, this can be followed by the assessment. The weekend courses are generally £249 on top of Option 1.

Option 3 – If you have limited to no sailing experience then you can do a 5 day course in the Solent or even on Holiday in somewhere like Greece. This 5 day trip would be around £500 plus £43 for the assessment.