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Level 1 Sailing Courses - International Certificate of Competence Course

The Sunsail International Certificate of Competence course assesses your ability and provides documentary assurance from one government to another that the holder meets an agreed level of competence, required to charter within Europe and the Mediterranean.


1 Day

  • Port Solent
  • Vounaki
Pricing per person

£99 (Excludes exam fee of £40)


The ICC course will run weekly every Monday and Saturday subject to availability.

The ICC will test applicants skills in the following areas:

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 warp
  • 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

Regulations and Pilotage

  • Able to understand requirements for navigation lights and ships
  • Able to recognise sound signals
  • Able to recognise the following from the lights – vessel at anchor, power driven vessel and sailing vessel
  • Able to recognise, by day and night, and understand the significance of buoys of the IALA system
  • Able to plan a harbour entry/departure, taking in to account possible hazards
  • Aware of the sources of information regarding local regulations, port entry and departure signals and Port Operations radio


  • Able to plot a position by cross bearings and by Latitude and Longitude
  • Able to interpret a navigational chart and understand charted depths, drying heights and charted hazards
  • Able to use a tide table to find times and heights of high and low water
  • Able to determine direction and  rate of tidal stream from a tidal atlas or from tidal diamonds
  • Able to determine magnetic course to steer, making allowances for leeway and tidal stream

There is currently no requirement to have completed a specific course covering the above and completion of any good all round basic tidal navigation and seamanship theory course should be sufficient.