Recreational Sailing License Valid for Yacht Charter Worldwide - International Sailing License and Credentials (SLC) Requirements
Chartering a yacht is a relatively straight forward process. However, credentials required vary based on which country you want to sail in. The International Sailing License and Credentials (SLC) issued by NauticEd is a recreational sailing license valid for all yacht charter companies worldwide including Europe and the Seychelles.
NauticEd SLC is relatively easy to gain the license and cost effective as long as you are decently experienced, and knowledgeable. It is accepted by every charter company and port authority in the Mediterranean.
A charter company is likely to feel more comfortable renting to someone who demonstrates competence and a license, as opposed to someone with a license but very little experience. Some countries and regions require an official license such as SLC or ICC and, you won’t be able to travel their seas without it.
You will have to pass an online suite of theoretical knowledge courses and tests appropriate for bareboat chartering, log previous sufficient sailing experience and demonstrate sailing skills according to internationally established sailing standards.
SLC Licensing Process
- Online Theory Courses & Tests
- Practical On-The-Water Assessment
- Sailing Experience Requirements
- Government Boater License (Country Specific)
- Optional Catamaran Endorsement
- SLC License Issue
- SLC Validity
100% of Yacht charter companies worldwide accept the NauticEd Bareboat Charter Master Certification
Sailing License and Credentials (SLC)
Steps to Get NauticEd SLC
Step 1 - Online Theory Courses & Tests: Pass the NauticEd Bareboat Charter Master Suite of multimedia courses online and the SLC exam (approximately 40 hours to complete).
Step 2 - Practical Assessment: Pass a one-day (6-hours typically) on-the-water assessment of practical sailing and knowledge skills administered by an SLC instructor. You will be tested on your sailing ability and competence on a variety of topics including docking using spring lines, Mediterranean mooring, person overboard, navigation, plotting courses, understanding ColRegs, meanings of ATONs, IALA-A vs IALA-B etc.
Step 3 - Sailing Experience: Under your free NauticEd account there is an electronic logbook. Make entries of your past sailing experience starting with your most recent and working backward in time. Log at least 50 days (a day being 4 hours minimum) of sailing experience of which, 25 on a vessel greater than 28 ft; 25 as vessel master & 10 days experience must have been logged in the past two years.
Step 4 - Government Boater License (Country Specific): To gain an SLC, the candidate must hold a national government boating license such as USCG National Coast Guard License or NASBLA State Boater License for USA; PCOC for Canada; ICC; RYA Day Skipper etc). For the USA, you could obtain the NASBLA state boating license which is available for free online.
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You may join the Bareboat Master Rank courses or try NauticEd free online sailing courses without any obligations.