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Getting Certified (SLC) – Lat 38 Letters

In the February 2019 issue of Latitude 38, page 28, the first entry is a letter from an experienced cruiser with questions about getting certified to charter in the Mediterranean.

This is all about the question of what credentials are needed to charter in the Med. It’s a real issue, and we can resolve it.

I had to respond. Here’s the letter.

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Here was my response.

Dear Editor,

Responding to Cary and Michele Hansen looking for the easiest way to get their Mediterranean sailing license, the NauticEd SLC route is the quickest, easiest, and least expensive in most cases.

Cary and Michele can do the practical on-the-water assessment for the SLC with me in one day in Long Beach.  I run Santana Sailing in Long Beach, and we’re a NauticEd school.  The one-day assessment is an extensive pass/fail evaluation of essential skills, including Med-mooring with an anchor off the bow.  And if they need some practice, a day of on-the-water training before the assessment will help knock the rust off.

There’s more to it including documenting sea time, completing on-line course requirements, and knowledge testing which will take some real time on the computer, but a sailor with the skills can knock out the practical portion for the SLC in a day.  With US Sailing or ASA on the other hand, if they don’t already have Bareboat Cruising or ASA 104, they do indeed have to start at the bottom with all the basic on-the-water courses. 

Here’s a link on NauticEd’s website on How to Gain Your SLC Mediterranean Sailing License:

Contact Grant Headifen of NauticEd for more:; +1 512-696-1070.  

Here’s a link to Santana Sailing’s International Sailing License page:

To me, it’s the grand unification theory in practice – you can use your skills to pass the practical assessment no matter where you got them, without having to start all over again at the bottom of some other system.  That’s a beautiful thing.


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I hope they post it!