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 are now requiring 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.

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

We can also arrange for a one- or 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.  Specify whether you require an ICC for power or sail when booking.

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.

The course can be taken in one full-day sailing or as a weekend away with the yacht spending the night at anchor and enjoying the delights of some night sailing. The weekend course includes all meals and accommodation while on board; and the one-day course includes light snacks and drinks, but we ask you to bring your lunch.  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!

  • Previous Experience

    It is recommended that candidates have attended either our “Introduction to Sailing”, any of our popular RYA Practical courses, or have some practical and theoretical knowledge of sailing, including ‘rules and regulations at sea’.

  • Course Duration

    Two days, or can be taken as part of a longer course. The ICC assessment takes up to 6 hours.

  • Certificate Upon Completion


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

We cannot express how wonderful our experience was with Jamie . He is very professional and patient in teaching us how to handle our new acquisition. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a novice, it’s well worth spending time with a calm and knowledgeable instructor from Southern Cross. Thanks Jamie

Lee-Anne Savin 2021
Lee-Anne Savin

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