Sailing in the Netherlands
To give you the short answer straight away: no, you do not always need a navigation licence to sail in the Netherlands. In fact, none of our boats require a navigation licence.
Depending on the type of boat
Whether or not a navigation licence is required, firstly depends on the type of boat you will be sailing. A (small) navigation licence is required for boats that can sail faster than 20 kilometres (~ 12 miles) per hour (a jet ski, for example) and/or boats that are longer than 15 metres (~ 49 feet).
The maximum speed of our boats – such as the sloops and doeraks – is lower than 20 kilometres per hour. Also, they are shorter than 15 metres in length. A doerak, for example, is on average 8,5 metres (28 feet) long and sails very calmly: its maximum is around 6 to 10 kilometres (4 to 6 miles) per hour. A boat that can sail faster is often not even necessary: on most waters in the Netherlands you are not permitted sail faster than either 6, 9 or 12 kilometres (4, 6 or 7,5 miles) per hour.
Depending on the waters you sail on
We do ask for a navigation licence and sufficient demonstrable experience if you want to sail particular waters. These large waters have their own unique character and therefore require quite some sailing experience. Examples of these are the Wadden Sea, Oosterschelde and IJsselmeer.
To prevent you from (accidentally) sailing on a water where a licence if permitted (when you don’t have one) we always give you instructions and route advice before you start sailing. This instruction is based on your personal sailing experience.
Sailing in Germany
Our marina in Germany is located in Brandenburg an der Havel. Brandenburg is located on the river the Havel. On a 200 kilometre (~124 miles) long part of the Havel and some of its tributaries you can sail without a navigation licence. What you do need for renting a motorboat, Safari Houseboat or SloepCabin in the boating area Brandenburg-Berlin, is a so-called Charterschein: a temporary licence for water sports enthusiasts without a navigation licence. You can get a Charterschein after completing a short practical and theoretical training with us, prior to your rental period. Have you rented a Campi 300 Houseboat? Then you can sail this boat between Potsdam and Havelberg. You only need a short instruction for this. More information about getting a Charterschein for our motor yachts, Safari Houseboat, SloepCabin and Campi 300 Houseboat, can be found here.
Skipper training: sail the waters well prepared
For people who would like to get some more training before starting their boating holiday, we also offer a skipper training.
The skipper training is a training on your boat, prior to your rental period. During this training, you will learn about sailing a boat, special manoeuvres and traffic rules on the water. It is a fun and informative way to gain some more experience with a boat on the water. Sounds interesting? You can find more information about the skipper training here.