You are ready to make that step forward and charter bareboat? In this article we will try to explain what licenses and regulations apply on which destinations.

If you are planning to charter bareboat in the Mediterranean you will need to present your sailing license and VHF license on most of the destinations.

Regulations are very strict these days and before you close your reservation make sure you present your license to your agent or charter for confirmation.

Croatia

Croatia is one of the most strict destinations when talking about bareboat charter. I guess this is not strange since Croatia is the biggest charter destination in the whole world.

Together with the sailing license you will need to present a VHF license also. Charter operators in Croatia are also very strict about the tonnage of the yacht you wish to rent and if your licence is covering that tonnage.

For example, if the boat exceed 35 BRT you will need to have a Yacht Master or other licence that says you can operate this tonnage + there should be one more person with any other license on board.

Another example is the Lagoon 450 which is one of such boats.

Greece

In order to charter a yacht in Greece, there should be a licensed skipper and an experienced crew member on board (no license needed, only experience in written form).

Note that since 2018, Greek port authorities do not accept RYA “Day Skipper Course” license – sailors should prepare ICC, IPC, ASA 104-105, or equivalent.

The Following Sailing Licences or Permits are Valid in Greece:

  • IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America
  • ASA 104 or US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”
  • ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International

Issued by the Government of State:

  • Germany – “Sportbootführerschein See“ or above
  • France – LE PERMIS PLAISANCE
  • Belgium – Algemeen Stuurbrevet/ Brevet de conduite general
  • UK – RYA Day Skipper practical
  • USA – US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”, ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above

Spain

In Spain you will be asked for sailing license but besides that you need to have some other special skills and experience.
For example most of the harbors will accommodate your yacht with a Mediterranean mooring system. So you should be comfortable with that type of mooring.

Be ready to handle a yacht in close quarters since most of the marinas will not offer too much space to manoeuvre.

The Following Skipper Licenses or Permits are Valid in Spain:

  • ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International
  • Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Course” or complete the ICC Assessment form to prove competence
  • IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America
  • Prerequisites: ASA 104 or US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”

Issued by the Government of State:

  • UK – RYA Day Skipper practical (with or without photo)
  • USA – US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”, ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
  • Germany – “Sportbootführerschein See“ or above
  • Belgium – Algemeen Stuurbrevet/ Brevet de conduite général
  • France – LE PERMIS PLAISANCE

France

If you are a keen sailor but have no license then you will love France. In France you will only need a sailing resume as a proof and you able to charter bareboat.

Easy, right? But keep in mind that the operator might check your skills at check in procedure.

Italy

In Italy all licenses as in Spain will do. In general, if your licence is recognized in your own country, then it will work for Italy too.

Seychelles

If we talk about exotic destinations according to Seychelles regulations, having sailing license and SRC is necessary to charter yacht.

Charters will require from you a current sailing resume and scan of sailing license and SRC license. Sailing license must be approved by the base manager and local authorities.

Besides that, do not be surprised if you will be obligated to demonstrate your skills in maneuvering the yacht in the marina or port during check-in.

Approved licenses for Seychelles are:

  • Official RYA or similar
  • Official state patents
  • SRC approved by MCA

Caribbean

There are no requirements in the Caribbean to hold a specific licence but you will need to present your sailing resume.

Thailand

Like the Caribbean the authorities in Thailand do not require bareboat charterers to hold any specific licences however it is worth taking them with you if you have them and certainly it will help the charter company to assess your level of competence.

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