NEED A LICENSE?
For all destinations, guests submit a résumé of boating experience to the charter company before booking. That résumé should show not only the client’s time on the water but also their familiarity with similar boats. In many bareboat destinations in Europe, clients need a formal license such as the International Certificate of Competence. Americans can get an International Proficiency Certificate from the American Sailing Association or an Inshore Powerboat Cruising card from US Powerboating. A VHF radio operator’s license is also required in many areas.