List of certificates for operators of pleasure craft

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This article contains information about International licences to operate pleasure crafts. For ICC, click International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft.

State Inland waters Close coastal waters Close offshore Extended offshore Offshore ICC included
Germany Germany Sportbootführerschein Binnen

valid on inland waters[1]

Sportbootführerschein See

valid for offshore up to 3 miles and the channels marked by lateral marks up to 12 miles from the coast[1]

Sportküstenschifferschein

valid for offshore up to 12 miles [1]

Sportseeschifferschein

valid for offshore up to 30 miles and North Sea, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and English Channel, Bristol Channel, Irish Sea, Scottisch Seas [2]

Sporthochseeschifferschein

valid for offshore [2]

yes
Austria Austria Befähigungsausweis für Tages- und Wattfahrt

valid for offshore up to 3 miles

Befähigungsausweis für Küstenfahrt

valid for offshore up to 20 miles

Befähigungsausweis für Küstennahe Fahrt

valid for offshore up to 200 miles

Befähigungsausweis für Weltweite Fahrt

valid for offshore

yes
Switzerland Switzerland Schiffsführerausweis

valid for inland waters

Hochseeausweis

valid for Offshore

yes
United Kingdom United Kingdom Yachtmaster Coastal

valid for Coastal Waters

Yachtmaster Offshore

valid for Offshore up to 150 miles

Yachtmaster Ocean

valid for offshore

yes
Israel Israel Grade 30 Authorization to operate a boat in coastal waters

valid for coastal waters [3]

Grade 60 Authorization to operade a boat on international voyages

valid for offshore [3]

no
Netherlands Netherlands Klein Vaarbewijs I

valid for LOA > 15m max.25m

or speed > 15km/h valid for channels and lakes except IJsselmeer, Markermeer, IJmeer, Waddenzee, Westerschelde, Oosterschelde, Eems and Dollard


Klein Vaarbewijs II

valid for LOA > 15m max.25m

or speed > 15km/h
valid on all inland waters including IJsselmeer, Markermeer, IJmeer, Waddenzee, Westerschelde, Oosterschelde, Eems and Dollard[4]

GPb (Grootpleziersvaarbewijs)

valid for LOA max.40m

International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft issued by stichting Vamex

Vamex ICC

Klein Vaarbewijs II

LOA >15m max. 25m

or speed > 15km/h

valid for offshore up to 3 miles

Vamex ICC

GPb(Grootpleziersvaarbewijs)

valid for LOA max.40m

International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft issued by stichting Vamex

Vamex ICC

Klein Vaarbewijs II

LOA >15m max. 25m

or speed > 15km/h

valid for coastal waters

offshore up to 12 miles (territorial zone)

Vamex ICC

GPb(Grootpleziersvaarbewijs)

valid for LOA max.40m

To sail the Contiguous and the coastal Exclusive Economic zone an ICC certificate is not obligatory although comprehensive knowledge is strongly recommended To sail the International waters (outside territorial waters) an ICC certificate is not obligatory although extensive experience is strongly recommended yes
Czech Republic Czech Republic Vůdce malého plavidla (Small Boat Skipper) Mezinárodní průkaz vůdce malého plavidla (International Small Boat Skipper)

limits: within 3/4 mile from coastal line, wind below 4 bf, LOA < 20m

Yachtmaster grade C

limits: within 20 miles from coastal line, wind below 6 bf, LOA < 16m

Yachtmaster grade B

limits: within 200 miles from coastal line

Yachtmaster grade A

unlimited

Romania Romania International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft Class D

valid for:

  • I - Inland waterways;
  • M - Motorized crafts;
  • S - Sailing crafts.

Pleasure craft not exceeding 24 m in length.

International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft

Class C

valid for:

  • C - Coastal waters up to 6 Nm;
  • M - Motorized crafts;
  • S - Sailing crafts.

Pleasure craft not exceeding 24 m in length.

International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft

Class B

valid for:

  • M24 - Maritime waters up to 24 Nm;
  • M - Motorized crafts;
  • S - Sailing crafts.

Pleasure craft not exceeding 24 m in length.

International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft

Class A

valid for:

  • All Zones - unlimited;
  • M - Motorized crafts;
  • S - Sailing crafts.

Pleasure craft not exceeding 24 m in length.

yes
Russia Russia Удостоверение на право управления маломерным судном / Certificate for operators of small craft [1]

Certificate is issued by subdivisions of the State Small Vessels Inspectorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations

if there is the mark "внутренние воды" in the certificate - it's valid on inland waters without organized navigation

if there is the mark "внутренние водные пути" in the certificate - it's valid on inland waterways (inland waters with organized navigation) and inland waters without organized navigation

Categories (types of small crafts):

  • personal watercraft (water scooter)
  • motorized craft (motorboat with inboard or outboard engine)
  • sailing boat
  • motor-sailing boat
  • special craft (hovercraft, submarine, wing-in-surface-effect ship and others)

Small craft should not exceeding 20 meters in length (regardless of the type). [2]

Удостоверение на право управления маломерным судном / Certificate for operators of small craft

Certificate is issued by subdivisions of the State Small Vessels Inspectorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations

if there is the mark "внутренние морские воды и территориальное море" in the certificate - it's valid on internal maritime waters and territorial sea (limits: within 12 nautical miles from coastal line)

Categories (types of small crafts):

  • personal watercraft (water scooter)
  • motorized craft (motorboat with inboard or outboard engine)
  • sailing boat
  • motor-sailing boat
  • special craft (hovercraft, submarine, wing-in-surface-effect ship and others)

Small craft should not exceeding 20 meters in length (regardless of the type).

Удостоверение на право управления маломерным судном / Certificate for operators of small craft

Certificate is issued by subdivisions of the State Small Vessels Inspectorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations

if there is the mark "внутренние морские воды и территориальное море" in the certificate - it's valid on internal maritime waters and territorial sea (limits: within 12 nautical miles from coastal line)

Categories (types of small crafts):

  • personal watercraft (water scooter)
  • motorized craft (motorboat with inboard or outboard engine)
  • sailing boat
  • motor-sailing boat
  • special craft (hovercraft, submarine, wing-in-surface-effect ship and others)

Small craft should not exceeding 20 meters in length (regardless of the type).

Удостоверение на право управления маломерным судном / Certificate for operators of small craft

Certificate is issued by subdivisions of the State Small Vessels Inspectorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations

if there is the mark "морские воды IV категории сложности I разряда" in the certificate - it's valid on marine coastal waters (limits: within 20 nautical miles from coastal line)

Categories (types of small crafts):

  • personal watercraft (water scooter)
  • motorized craft (motorboat with inboard or outboard engine)
  • sailing boat
  • motor-sailing boat
  • special craft (hovercraft, submarine, wing-in-surface-effect ship and others)

Small craft should not exceeding 20 meters in length (regardless of the type).

The sailing in marine waters over 20 nautical miles from coastal line requires the professional certificate.

The sailing in marine waters over 20 nautical miles from coastal line requires the professional certificate. no

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung: Sicherheit auf dem Wasser. Wichtige Regeln und Tipps für Wassersportler. Archived 2011-10-05 at the Wayback Machine, p. 8 and 9.
  2. ^ a b Elektronisches Wasserstraßen-Informationssystem: Verordnung über den Erwerb von Sportsee- und Sporthochseeschifferscheinen und die Besetzung von Traditionsschiffen (Sportseeschifferscheinverordnung - SportSeeSchiffV)
  3. ^ a b Syllabus for small craft operators, State of Israel, Ministry of Transport, Administration of Shipping & Ports
  4. ^ Information for Vaarbewijs