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30 SVN Solovelanet Global legally recognized document that allows a person to operate a vehicle in a particular area. Similarly, ne- arly every country requires an aircraft license to le- gally operate an aircraft. Where a local government requires a license, you simply must have one. You can't just rock up with a resume (or a certification) and demand that, because you have been sailing for forty years, you have the right to sail without one. Most countries and sailing destinations in the world do not require a sailing license and no country in the world requires a sailing certification (despite it being marketed that way). For example, no license or cer - tification is required in any of the Caribbean or the Pacific. The only thing required in those countries is an acceptable sailing resume that satisfies the yacht charter company. All countries in the Mediterranean however, do re - quire a sailing license as well as the Seychelles. The- se countries require that the holder be licensed by an officially recognized education body. In the U.K., the sailing certifying body is the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). The RYA issue the ICC which is the International Certificate of Competence. The ICC was created by Uni - ted Nations as a recre- ational boater license. It can be issued by countries who were signatories to the ICC Resolu- tion. Many European countries signed the resolution and so those countries have appointed sailing edu- cation bodies in their own countries to issue the ICC. Unfortunately, neither the USA nor Canada signed the resolution. Thus for many years it was difficult for North Americans to sail in the Med without an ICC and obtaining an was geographically difficult to obtain. Recent positive changes in the USA have made the process of licensing simpler for all – not easier but simpler – appropriate knowledge, skills, and competence are still required. In 2017, a com - bined effort between the United States Coast Guard and NASBLA (the boating licensing authority that controls state licensing) created the American Na- tional Standards EDU-3 for sailing training and as- sessment which was immediately adopted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). To date, only NauticEd is recognized as meeting the American National Standard and is thus the only of - ficially recognized American sailing education body. This comes as a surprise to many since traditionally ASA and US Sailing were though to be recognized. Additionally, since ANSI is a member organization of the International Standards organization (ISO), citi - zens of any country who attain the NauticEd SLC li- cense are able to sail and charter in any country that requires a license.

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