Originally Posted by davenport5
If you have your ICC already then you don't need to do your CEVNI
This is wrong: the ICC (which you can obtain from the RYA if you have a PB2 for a fee or free if you are a RYA member) is generally (although not universally) accepted as the certificate of boating competency required by those countries that require such certificates. No more.
As an additional option, the ICC can be endorsed for inland waters. In countries that are signatories to the Basle Agreement (RAINWAT countries) (don't ask! but they include France) this involves passing the CEVNI test which can be done online in this country through a number of RYA approved schools. The cost is the same wherever and, I believe, the exam is the same for all. This permits passage along inland waterways in RAINWAT countries. Whether lakes are included as inland waterways is subject to categorisation.
Incidentally, waters covered by CEVNI regulations require ATIS on your VHF plus OFCOM state that you should carry a copy of the Basle Agreement (although I have yet to find any authority for that). It is many pages long. I take one with me but have yet to be asked to produce it!
My attitude is to take as many pieces of paper as possible and hope that at least some of them provide what the authorities are looking for ............. unless there's a Channel Islander in your party with an Australian passport who's helming a Special Forces boat entering a military base in France and you're the only one that speaks the language: in such circumstances I'd recommend seeing your wife off on a ferry in another part of the dock