International Proficiency Certificate Package

Get the International Proficiency Certificate and Cruise beautiful blue waters!The American Sailing Association created an International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) to ease their member’s experience while planning to charter internationally.  ASA recommends their members to apply for an IPC if they plan on sailing in the Mediterranean, along with the inland waters of Europe or Northern Europe. The IPC is accepted by most international charter companies in the Mediterranean as adequate proof of bareboat skipper proficiency. Before planning your trip, it is best to check with the charter company before attempting to charter.

In order to apply for an IPC, sailors must first have their ASA 101 through ASA 104 certifications, which is where SSC fits into the picture. Experienced sailors who qualify at the ASA 104 level can obtain these certifications by taking the ASA 104 exam and completing an on-the-water skills checkout here at the Club.

To obtain these certifications, the first step is to pick up the course materials and study for the 104 exam. When you’re ready to take the exam, give us a call and we’ll schedule it for you. Once you’ve passed the ASA 104 exam, we will help you schedule your 4-hour on-the-water skills checkout with one of our USCG Licensed/ASA Certified Instructors.  Completing and passing the ASA 104 exam automatically grants sailors their ASA 101 and ASA 103 certifications (which are included in the cost of our IPC package).

Once they have passed the ASA 104 examination and the on-the-water skills check-out, sailors must still apply for the International Proficiency Certificate itself through the ASA website. This certificate is granted by the ASA itself, and not included in this package.

Package + Cost

  1. ASA Course Materials – Sailing Made Easy (101), Coastal Cruising Made Easy (103), Bareboat Cruising Made Easy (104), and ASA Logbook
  2. ASA Certifications & Student Registration Fee – ASA 101, ASA 103, & ASA 104
  3. 4-hour on-the-water skills check-out with an ASA instructor (additional time is $160/hour)



SSC Instructors are available Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm for the on-the-water skills check-out.  Instructors are the busiest May – September, if you need to schedule within this time frame, please give us at least 2 weeks to find an available instructor. Please call or email to schedule a check-out.

Testing: April through October we are open every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The ASA 104 exam takes roughly an hour to an hour and a half to complete and it can be taken any day of the week during business hours. We have very limited classroom space on Saturday mornings (9am-12pm) and Sunday afternoons (3pm-5pm), please plan your exam outside of those times.

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