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Old 26 March 2008, 09:49   #1
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Qualifications needed for RIB hire?

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I've had a couple of Ribs (5.5M & 6.5) in my time but I never quite got round to doing any RYA courses or the like. As I'm living in London at the present time I'd like to be able to hire a rib/boat on my holidays this summer. My question to you guys is, what do I need in order to hire a mid-size (6M) rib?
Also, anyone know of where I could do these in London?
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Old 26 March 2008, 10:32   #2
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Depends where you're going on your hols. Most of our European cousins are insisting on what's called and ICC (International Certificate of Competence). This is issued by the RYA on stisfactory completion of usually their two day 'Level 2' powerboat course (or equivalent if you can convince them!)

Your best bet is to give the RYA a call and ask them specifically about the country you are going to visit, but beware that holding an ICC is not guaranteed to let you hire a boat or use it on the local waters. It's not an international boat drivers licence though it is widely recognised. Once you've checked in with the RYA, it would be worth finding out which port authority have jurasdiction over the waters that you'll be using, and double check with them.

Sounds a bit more complicated than it should be, but worth checking if your hols are reliant on getting afloat.

The RYA will also tell you where your local recognised training centre is for your course. In any case, worth getting 'trained' to fill in any gaps.

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Old 26 March 2008, 10:45   #3
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I also meant to say that if you want to use any 'inland waterways' the chances are that you will need the CEVNI qualification. This is not too onerous......buy a book, read it, and answer 20 or so multiple choice questions. Also issued by RYA through the RTC's. Many people tag on their CEVNI exam at the end of their level2 course.
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Thanks very much BassBoy, much appreciated. I'll do a bit of investigating.
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We run bareboat rib charter and all we require is RYA level 2.
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I tried to hire a rib in france using my level 2 icc, he looked as if he had never seen one before and didnt have a clue what it was. He would only accept a french qualification.

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ICC is only "officially" needed for the inland waterways in France. France (along with a number of other countries) hasn't signed up to Resolution 40. However, the French do like their paperwork and an ICC isn't a bad thing to have

The RYA site is pretty good for info if you search on ICC and then pick and choose from the menu it gives you,
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Hi Nic
Might be worth getting an ICC from the RYA for next time. Pretty easy to do on line now I think. They just need money and a passport photo. (and Lev2!)

The front cover of an ICC cert translates the following into French and Spanish.

International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft
'In conformity with resolution No.40 of the Working Party on Inland Water Transport United Nations Economic Commision for Europe'

The back cover translates the following into Dutch, Italian,Danish, French,Spanish,German, Greek and Portugese....

'The holder of this document has successfully passed the tests necessary to demonstrate his/her competence to operate pleasure craft'
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Do you CEVNI for Inland?

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Might be worth getting an ICC from the RYA for next time. Pretty easy to do on line now I think. They just need money and a passport photo. (and Lev2!)
Here's a tip for you. If you're not already a member, join the RYA. ICC issue is free for members (and it's cheaper to join the RYA than pay the ICC fee)
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