International Sailing Qualifications required for chartering in Europe are the ICC (formerly International Certificate of Competence, now International Certificate for Operators of a Pleasure Craft) and CEVNI (required for inland waterways such as the French Canals). Southern Cross Yachting is one of the first training centres in Australia to be accredited to test for the ICC & CEVNI.

Most European countries require skippers of charter and private boats to hold an ICC to operate these vessels in their open and inland waterways. This Certificate is issued by the RYA and it is important to check with your charter company or the maritime authorities of the countries you are intending to visit to find out if the ICC is required.  An ICC can only be issued to persons holding passports or residents of: Australia, the United Kingdom and its territories; USA, Canada and New Zealand.  If you hold a European passport, please refer to the country of which the passport originates and follow the guidelines accordingly.

The ICC can be issued directly to persons holding the RYA Day Skipper practical certificate or higher by applying directly to the RYA. For people not holding these qualifications, but who have suitable prior experience, a direct assessment is available, examining both practical and theoretical knowledge and takes approximately 4 hours.  It can be undertaken on your own suitable vessel (sail only) or onboard one of our fleet.

We can also arrange for a two-day course during which the test will be completed.

The ICC can be issued for power and/or sailing vessels up to either 10 or 24 meters, consecutively, in length however it is important to note that SCY is recognised for sail only.

For those wishing to skipper a vessel in the French inland water ways there is an additional short theory exam called the CEVNI rules.  This covers rules specific to the French canals and includes signs, buoyage, light and sound signals and general steering rules. This test is taken on-line.

At Southern Cross Yachting we teach sailing in the simplest and most enjoyable way possible so you will not only learn more, you will have a great time doing it!

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD
  • Previous Experience

    Experience is equivalent to RYA Day Skipper level.

  • Course Duration

    The ICC assessment takes up to 6 hours.

  • Certificate Upon Completion


An incredible adventure! The experienced owners Carly & Jamie of SCY were fantastic in booking & organising, the instructor was incredibly knowledgeable & professional, and the boat was amazing. Can’t rate Southern Cross Yachting highly enough- I’m already planning my next lesson
Jemma - July 2023 
Jemma - July 2023

Massive thank you to Jamie and all the staff and other instructors at Southern Cross Yachting! 10/10 experience from booking to sailing to instruction to food whilst onboard.
Absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done and now I’m addicted to sailing!


A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala

What topics are included:  

  • How to prepare a yacht for sailing
  • Understanding the influence of apparent and true wind upon a yacht 
  • Uses of winches, clutches, cleats and jammers 
  • How to tack and gybe 
  • Safety onboard  
  • Knots 
  • Helming & Boat handling 
  • Sail Trimming 
  • Picking up as mooring buoy 
  • Anchoring 
  • Meteorology
  • Uses of winches and deck gear 
  • Basic engine checks 
  • Advice of what to bring on a sailing holiday 
  • Basic Navigational Theory 
  • How to use charts and a chart plotter
  • Rules of the Road & buoyage  
  • Steering to a compass course 
  • Useful Apps to download and general Q&A with an experienced RYA Instructor 

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