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Old 28 February 2005, 15:50   #31
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Yes Stuart, I apologise for that, you are correct, I should have said Irish, as Irish people according to the interpretation of the law will be in the same boat as us, e.g. only covered whilst operating a vessel registered from their home country, Ireland in this instance. My intention was to show that other countries are in fact as confused as anyone.

I also need to clarify the wording of 'charter abroad' I mentioned, the site states that holders wishing to charter boats with an intenationaly recognised document certifying their competence to skipper a boat for recreational use. I could only draw one conclusion that this had to be abroad, as you would not need an 'international certificate' at home, I have corrected this however. According to what we are now being told by the RYA, this document is ONLY 'internationaly recognised' for 'vessels registered in the skippers home country', this is not made clear at all and is misleading IMHO. The ICC IS NOT internationaly recognised 'by law' for other vessels registered abroad.

It is clearly stated in the link I posted, as I see the ICC section now needs clarification, and full explanation IMHO if what the RYA says is correct, I am not just picking on that site, but if the RYA have found this loophole, then others like Ireland and in fact all those signed up to resolution 40 need to review their interpretation and act accordingly.

The ICC would be the perfect answer if it did not have this strange loophole, which I guess was not meant to happen. It would be great to be able to trust this Certificate as an 'international licence', not 'pot luck' whether someone will accept it or not.

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Old 28 February 2005, 16:17   #32
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ICC is not a Licence ..It is just proof of Competency !

Thanks for that Pete.......... Apology accepted !

We are very careful over here in Ireland as to how we sell the ICC.

An ICC is nothing more than Internationally accepted proof in accordance with UN resolution 40 that the holder possesses a certain internationally agreed and benchmarked basic standard of competency / skill in boat handling.

It is not a licence.

It does not necessarily confer any rights to operate any craft in either a home or foreign environment.

Therefore whether or not a particular country allows you to charter a vessel of your own or another flag is actually nothing at all to do with an ICC but rather to do with the National law of the country you are visiting.

An ICC is merely a form of globally recognised and accepted proof that you have achieved a certain standard of competency.

Laws of the particular country you are visiting as well as the vagaries of individual charter companys then come into play when you wsh to operate a vessel within their juristiction.

Here in Ireland the ICC has only recently been adopted by the Irish Govt and is administered for the Irish Govt by the ISA. All ISA ICC approved test centre principals underwent extensive briefing on how to sell and more importantly how not to sell the ICC.

If people read the first para of the Irish Sailing Association site you quoted, they will see that the first paragraph which answers the question " What is an ICC?" reflects just what I have explained above. Which is why I was concerned about the comments of your last mail relating to our site.

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Old 28 February 2005, 16:29   #33
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Pfft! ICC. Peter any old fool can get an ICC. Its a waste of time and paper. It means bugger all. You'd be better off concerntrating on getting experience under your belt and going in for you YM.
Interestingly the YM is recognised as THE qulification worldwide for "private" skippers. Yet the YM is also administered by the RYA. At least with YM you have to show a modicum of understanding to get the cert.
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Old 28 February 2005, 16:33   #34
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ICC in Ireland

Went on to the ISA website to check out getting an ICC for my summer hols and notice that it is the usual rip off price of 86 Euros for a piece of paper. I also notice that if you are an ISA member you get it cheaper at the BARGAIN (sic) price of 50 Euros. As I understood it, the ISA are only administering the ICC for the Gov't, so why the two prices?

In the past I have chartered boats in Spain and Italy using my PB Certs with no problem. Me thinks just another money making racket!!

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Well as I have stated 'I was sold' the ICC as the only certification that would let you charter abroad, that is clearly nonsense. I cannot for the sake of me understand why you need that 'for a rip off fee', when you have already obtained perfectly valid certifications e.g. Dayskipper practical.

I still believe that ANYONE marketing the ICC should state clearly what it does and does not do for you. With respect Stuart, the para regarding the ICC on the ie website does not make it at all clear IMHO. I am sure that you are explaining it clearly to those that come to you for training, but it should be in clear English what it can and cannot do, it should also state that in fact you 'do not need it' if not using a vessel from your own country, 'any' certification is good, as long as the charter company accept it, not deceiving some people as I was into believing it was a legal requirement for charter abroad.

As stated in a reply above it means bugger all, and if not skippering a home registered vessel it is not law, and therefore cannot be a legal requirement, where does anyone explain that? I guess the vaguer it is, the more mugs get one and line the pockets of the issuing authorities with the ridiculous fee, and boost their membership

Let the issuing authorites clearly state that the ICC is 'not a licence' just a certificate of competence, then some bright spark (hopefuly all potential applicants) will say, well I have already paid for a fistful of other certificates e.g. PB1/PB2/Advanced/YM shore based/Dayskipper practical, what the hell do I want another piece of paper for?

Great if that ICC WAS accepted everywhere, but it is not, it is discretion as to whether or not it is accepted, utter twadle IMHO, and you would have as much trust in it as a chocolate prop.

The game is up for this scam now

I guess under the freedom of information act we can request the RYA to produce the figures for the amount of people who joined the RYA as a result of applying for an ICC in the last 5 years
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Old 28 February 2005, 17:21   #36
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The ISA website is as I have already said is true and factual.

It it is meant as a short simple guide as to what is an ICC.

If we were to deal with every possible individual scenario, than we could be writing all day ( feels like it already! )

Here in Ireland each individual customers needs are assessed on a one to one basis by the ICC test centre and here, individual advice is given to a prospective candidate...( Why do you want an ICC? etc...).

Jon, I agree with you about the high cost of processing the applications. As an unpaid officer of the association , who was involved in gaining the ICC for Ireland over the last few years I can make the following observations.....

The ICC for Ireland was fought for by the ISA in response to a demand from both its members and customers of its RTEs. who wanted to be able to prove their competence especially in France and Spain where an ISA Powerboat Cert was not as recognisable as a more numerous and therefore better recognised (internationally) RYA one.

I know that while demand is reasonably high from our customers for the ICC, that same customer base in Ireland is relatively small. The cost of the quite expensive machinery to produce the laminated certs to an approved standard and the relative staff costs to ISA head office with only a half dozen full time employees are therfore relatively high for a small office and small market. I understand ( bear in mind I am not an employee of the ISA) that the 50 reflects the projected capital costs of the machinery set up over a period and the 36 reflects the actual costs of staff and admin and profit. The ISA charges are waived for members. I'll check out the cost breakdown during the week.
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Old 28 February 2005, 17:32   #37
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Please if you get over to Coosan point area have a look at LRYC pontoons as I left a brand new pair of Dubarry Commanders there!
As for Ireland and the ICC. I was never asked for ANY paperwork whatsoever when I visited. Not even insurance!
What makes me really chuckle is that visitors from france and the like never get asked for any certification from what I've seen......makes you think?
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Jon, I agree with you about the high cost of processing the applications. As an unpaid officer of the association , who was involved in gaining the ICC for Ireland over the last few years I can make the following observations.....


I know that while demand is reasonably high from our customers for the ICC, that same customer base in Ireland is relatively small. The cost of the quite expensive machinery to produce the laminated certs to an approved standard and the relative staff costs to ISA head office with only a half dozen full time employees are therfore relatively high for a small office and small market. I understand ( bear in mind I am not an employee of the ISA) that the 50 reflects the projected capital costs of the machinery set up over a period and the 36 reflects the actual costs of staff and admin and profit. The ISA charges are waived for members. I'll check out the cost breakdown during the week.

Thanks for the reply Stuart, but what really bugs me is the fact that the ISA offer two prices for the same cert ON BEHALF of the Gov't and not the ISA. Therefore, the fact that you are a member or not should not make any difference at all to the price. If the Gov't were issueing the ICC they would not offer a price for the 42% tax payer and another for the 22% tax payer.......or would they?
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Stuart, I agree that the Irish are in fact doing a sterling job considering, and we don't even get laminated cards here, just a piece of paper and a plastic wallet

See if you can use your powers to get the ICC given the status internationaly that it deserves, then we will all be happy as I have still got 4yrs 11 mths left on mine
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Let the issuing authorites clearly state that the ICC is 'not a licence' just a certificate of competence, then ~ peteb
....would that be why it is called an International Certificate of Competence then??????

Pete - If i might humbly suggest that the 'debate' has started to go round in ever decreasing circles. I suggest that if you have a real identifiable issue that the situation has been misrepresented to you - and you have proof as opposed to interpretation of what was said - then you direct your questions & observations to either James Stevens (Head of Training) or Jon Mendez at the RYA. They are always keen to ensure that all schools are 200% clear about the ICC and they have mechanisms for communicating with them so will be able to react appropriately (if relevant) to your points.

There will always be situations where an explanation/definition can be open to differing interpretations and i would have thought the best way forward is to make constructive observations to the powers that be to effect change if change is in fact needed

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