How to Obtain the SLC™- the International Sailing License

Going on a sailing vacation in Greece, Italy, Croatia, Spain, France, Turkey? In the past you needed the ICC (International Certificate of Competence), something that was very difficult for North Americans to obtain, as there are very few RYA schools (1 in the USA and 3 in Canada) able to issue it.

Now, the NauticEd SLC is accepted as a valid sailing license for bareboat chartering by all port authorities and yacht charter companies operating in the Mediterranean. Nautical Ventures is authorized to conduct the practical on-the-water sailing skills assessment portion of the SLC. The assessment takes approximately 6 hours to complete.  Captain Charles Buckner, a Master Mariner and experienced instructor, will be your assessor.

Contact Us for additional details and start the process to gain your international sailing license.

WHERE CAN I OBTAIN MY SLC? Nautical Ventures is currently offering training and certification in San Diego and Orange Counties, and in the Sea of Cortez in Baja California Sur, Mexico.


Step 1. Pass the Online Courses and FREE SLC Exam
Sign up with NauticEd and take the Bareboat Charter Master bundle of courses, and the Free SLC Examination Course. Take the FREE exam now to see if you are prepared.

Step 2. Experience & Training
Log your sailing experience in the online NauticEd eLogbook, totaling a minimum of 50 days (4 hours min in a day), with 25 of those days as master of the vessel and with 25 of those days on a boat larger than 28 feet. We provide on the water training at additional cost, to get you tuned up, so that you are ready for the assessment in advance. This training does not guarantee a pass, but is highly recommended.

Step 3. Assessment
Complete a 1-day assessment of practical skills with Nautical Ventures, using the SLC-Bareboat Charter assessment rubrics available in your curriculum when you sign-in to NauticEd. Contact us to schedule your assessment, or to schedule up to 3 days of preparatory training.

Step 4. Government License
USA residents must gain their State Boater License (free at Canadians must gain their PCOC. These licenses may be obtained online.

Step 5. Fee
The processing fee for the SLC is $95. Once this is paid and all the other conditions are met, the SLC is instantly downloadable from within your student portal.

Contact Us for scheduling, registration and payment details, and to start the process to gain your international sailing license.

International Sailing License