The rumour is that from the 1st July 2017, most Greek flagged vessels won’t acknowledge the ”RYA Yachtmaster™” as a qualification for a skipper. The Mediterranean is now generally looking for skippers to hold the ”International Certificate of Competence (ICC)” qualification to enable them to charter a boat there.
Other countries are also looking to follow Greece with their decision; Germany for example, already does not accept the RYA Yachtmaster™ qualification, but it does require you have the ICC qualification to be a skipper.
Bearing in mind that the RYA Yachtmaster™ is a trademarked concept, so other countries will have their own systems and qualifications that are essentially the same as the RYA Yachtmaster™. The ICC however, is the most recognised qualification for chartering a boat across the world. So far, Greece hasn’t adopted Resolution 40 yet, so its official participation in the RYA Yachtmaster™ scheme is still pending. You will typically be asked for the ICC and/or a copy of your national license. A current VHF (Very High Frequency) radio licence is required as well.
How you obtain the qualification is dependant on experience. It is a two day course with an assessment for those who may be rusty with some of the theory and practical elements. For those skippers who already have the knowledge and skill, it is a one day assessment lasting about 4 to 5 hours, on your boat or on-board one of our training boats.
The qualification is valid for five years and is issued only through a recognised training centre with the Royal Yachting Association.