The following information applies to both young people and adults. All courses are run in our own powerboats which are light alloy assault craft with Yamaha High Thrust 60hp outboard engines and Humber Destroyer 5. Certificates will be endorsed for planing craft. All our courses take place at our centre on the tidal Thames in London. The course: Students are continually taught and assessed throughout the 2 days to the required RYA standards.
Do I need a licence to go boating in the UK? The simple answer is that unlike a car, where you need a driving licence, there isn't a "boating licence" as such for those boating for the purposes of private pleasure. There are many circumstances where you don't need any formal qualifications as such, although obviously training is essential in order to ensure you know enough to be safe. There are also a variety of particular permits or licences you need in certain waterways or circumstances. Read on to find out more about these requirement or click on the links below to find out more. Requirements for private pleasure craft. Boating on inland waterways.
The rules of the water are not as restrictive as those of the road. Unlike in a car, there is no current rule whereby a boater must first pass the equivalent to a driving test to demonstrate their competency in a boat. In boating a greater emphasis is placed on the competency of the boat itself. Who Needs a Licence? Boating around the coast or further out to sea is open to all and does not require a licence.
In case you are not aware, a captain's license or sailing certificate is required in order to sail Montenegro. We are an American registered boat. Typically a captains license is not required in the USA for pleasure yachts.