Port Solent Sailing School

Five-day ICC

Practical course

Five-day ICC course


The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is an internationally recognised certificate that qualifies its holders to sail in countries where formal qualifications are required, such as Croatia and Greece.

The five-day ICC course includes five days sailing and five nights staying on board the yacht, followed by an assessment and exam on day five.

Those with little sailing experience can take the five-day ICC course at Port Solent, UK. The training and assessment are designed to ensure you become a competent skipper of your own yacht, and on completion you will have enough experience to sail on a Sunsail Level 1 charter or flotilla holiday.

Please note: ICC certificates can only be issued to British nationals and residents, US and Canadian nationals and non-UNECE country nationals. For more information and a full list of UNECE nations, please view our ICC Eligibility page.

Where to take this course with Sunsail

Port Solent, UK

Why take this course with Sunsail?

The ICC assessment and exam is an internationally recognised certificate, enabling the holder to sail in countries where formal qualifications are compulsory. As many countries now require visiting yachtsmen to hold formal qualifications, the ICC provides official assurance from one government to another that the holder meets an agreed level of competence.

As some basic navigation is required, we recommend taking the online Essential Navigation and Seamanship course prior to commencing the training course. This course is takes six hours to complete. The RYA 2 day Start Yachting course, or equivalenet experience, is required before taking the ICC. 

If you have attended an RYA practical training course, presenting your certificate with your ICC application form may be sufficient, or you can take the one-day exam from our base in Port Solent, UK.

The one-day exam will test you on basic boat handling, mooring skills and your knowledge of yacht preparation and rules of the road.

Course syllabus

Short passage

Departing a pontoon

  • Communication with crew
  • Use of springs
  • Fender positioning
  • Man over board (MOB) procedures
  • Correct direction and speed of approach
  • Contact with MOB

Alongside skills

  • Communication with crew
  • Awareness of other water users
  • Use of warps/fenders
  • Correct angle and speed of approach
  • Securing boat to pontoon
  • 360 degree turn

Securing to a buoy

  • Communication with crew
  • Preparing warps
  • Correct angle and speed of approach
  • Securing the boat effectively
  • Departing from the buoy safely

Handling under sail

  • Choosing suitable sails for prevailing conditions
  • Choosing a suitable area for hoisting/lowering sails
  • Trimming sails correctly
  • Communicating with crew before undertaking any manoeuvres
  • Undertaking a check of the area before tacking and gibing

Power manoeuvres

  • Awareness for other water users
  • Use of a kill-cord
  • Choosing a suitable area to carry out manoeuvres
  • Carrying out an emergency stop
  • Able to control speed on turns and warning crew before starting and executing emergency turns
Theory test


  • Able to recognise a potential collision situation
  • Able to recognise action to take as “stand on” and “give way” vessel
  • Able to determine a safe speed
  • Able to recognise manoeuvring signals
  • Able to recognise and make visual distress signals
  • Able to keep a proper lookout

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