INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCE (ICC)
I have done my dayskipper practical, qualified, applied for and received my ICC. My intention was to use this certification to charter boats abroad BUT, it is NOT worth the paper it is written on, this is CONFIRMED by the RYA. EU countires are obliged to accept a certificate issued by other EU states, BUT it is a key condition that the certificate are issued for visitor status in another country BUT the visitor MUST be under the flag of the issuing state e.g. it IS NOT permitted to be used for charter or using ANY OTHER vessel, so no borrowing or chartering RIBS abroad thinking you are covered.
In PLAIN ENGLISH the RYA confirm that the ICC they issue is only valid on a BRITISH flagged boat, something they claim to have only just realised, so what clowns are running that organisation? I have been totally misled into thinking I could charter a boat abroad, conned into doing a course to be certified and NOW find out it is totally USELESS (if not in a british flagged boat).
The RYA state now that if you operate a 'foreign registered' vessel, you accept the full rules, and need to 'HOLD QUALIFICATIONS' from the country of registration. I wonder if we will now be offered French/Dutch/Spanish e.t.c. dayskipper courses
SO BE WARNED, it is no good if you have an accident at sea in a chartered or borrowed boat abroad, YOU WILL be held accountable and may be eating a lot of porridge
Perhaps they should refund all the costs of courses they have 'conned' people into doing in belief they would be qualified to charter abroad!
Oh! and sack the pratt that is in charge of that department