Skipper training

Did you always dream of being a captain on a motor yacht, but are you lacking sailing experience? Even if you have little sailing experience, it is possible to rent our boats. Even though all of our boats are license free, our experienced instructors give you clear instructions before departure and we are happy to help you find your perfect license free sailing route. Sometimes it’s nice (and fun!) to gain a little more experience before departure.

For this reason, we offer skipper training, for both the starting as the less experienced skipper, in three different ways:

  1. One-hour skipper training – prior to the rental period
  2. Day course with open enrolment
  3. Day course for groups and/or special occasions (on request)

If you want to sail safely, practical experience is important. That is why we briefly tell you the sailing rules during the skipper training. In addition, you will practice various exercises on the water with our instructor, such as mooring and sailing away, preparing for a trip, turning in narrow waters, emergency braking, sailing in and out of a box, sailing at bridges and locks, and so on.

1. Skipper training – prior to the rental period

The short skipper training is a course of one hour, in which you learn the basic skills of boat sailing: how to move the boat, moor it and turn it in narrow waterways. This training is special developed for the starting skippers and is customized to your skills.

If you have more experience with driving a boat and would like to practice a little more with the help of our experienced instructor? We also offer trainings for advanced skippers who want to train (for example) special manoeuvres with a boat. For example, manoeuvring and mooring.

This one-hour course takes place on the rented boat, prior to the rental period.

In brief:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Price: € 85
  • Location: training will be on the rented boat
  • Date & time: prior to the rental period or the next morning

How to book:

Are you planning to book a boat, or have you booked a boat and would you like to book a skipper training as an extra? Please contact us by calling 0031 512 513 276 or by emailing You can also make use of the form for booking extra items and services. We look forward to hearing from you!

2. Skipper training (course for a half-day)

We regularly organize skipper training at one of our rental locations in Friesland (Drachten or Woudsend) or in Germany (Brandenburg/Havel). The next skipper training is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at our location at De Zwaan 20 in Woudsend. This training will take approximately three hours including lunch. This training is educational and fun for both the novice and the more experienced skipper and takes place in groups. Together with a crew of up to four people, you take turns at the helm to learn the tricks of the trade from a skipper as well as from a crew participant. Coffee and lunch are included in the training (depending on the time, before or after the training). You also have the opportunity to ask questions or learn specific maneuvers.

In short:

  • Duration: 3 hours (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM followed by lunch / 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM with lunch beforehand)
  • Price: € 150
  • Location: Yachtcharter De Drait in Woudsend
  • Date & time: Saturday June 8

How to book:

Would you like to participate in the skipper training (day course) or would you like to receive more information? Then send us an e-mail ( or you can reach us by phone via +31 (0)512 513276. It is possible to stay overnight on board of one of our motor yachts before or after the training. Please ask us for the possibilities.

3. Skipper training (day course) – open enrolment

In addition to the short course and the skipper training (day course), we also offer a skipper training in the form of a day course. This course is ideal for, for example, a group friends, entrepreneurs and companies who are looking for a fun and informative day out. These courses are scheduled on request.

The program:

The program is equal to the program of the Skipper training (day course).

How to book:

Are you interested in organising a skipper training for a day? For your employees, for example or for a group of friends or fellow entrepreneurs? For more information and price enquiries, please contact us by calling 0031 512 513 276 or send an e-mail to We are happy to look at the options and availability.

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