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Re: Sailing Qualification Guide
It's a bit more complicated than having a single qualification standard for each country, given that,
Many countries have requirements for their own residents, but most often they honor the requirements of other countries for qualifying skippers from those other countries.
The specific waterways within a country can have different requirements ... for example, the CEVNI training for accessing inland waterways/canals in France, or the varying requirements in the USA for Coast Guard-controlled federal waterways vs. state regulations for many inland waterways. And, even though the US doesn't have any form of boating licensing, most US states have boating education requirements, but these states vary in who needs to meet them. Canada also has a boating ed requirement. Or Great Britain is interested in the qualifications of its residents depending upon how far offshore they go.
And then there are charter companies. And insurance companies, particularly where newer skippers are concerned, but also in terms of seasonal/geography/distance limits for some places. And the countries where the rules on the books have hugely varying amounts of leeway and traditions that deviate big time from the printed rules... until some official decides not to deviate them. Radio operation is also variable; US folks have fewer requirements in-country but have to meet more requirements when they go foreign (for example, not needing a license for VHF unless they go abroad). And, of course, non-recreational operation is a whole different subject.
So this guide would want a lot of subjects/columns... resident and non-resident licenses/education, locations, radio, level of enforcement, etc.
Last edited by rgscpat; 11-07-2014 at 03:14 AM.