Start boating the easy way - even without a boating licence
Cast off the lines - even without a boating licence! In Germany, this is possible on most waterways on motorboats with up to 15 hp engine power and a length of less than 15 metres. Many other countries have similar or even easier rules to help newcomers to an easy start.
According to new regulations put in place in Germany in 2013, boats with engines up to 15 hp are allowed to be driven without a boating licence on most official German waterways, on the coast as well as inland. For newcomers to boating these changes facilitated new possibilities to experience the sheer fun of boating without any great bureaucratic obstacles to be overcome first. The range of possibilities available is wide and the initiative has been a great success story for boating in Germany. From small sportsboats for a day out on the water up to real motorboats and sailing yachts big enough to accomodate a family for a great boating holiday.
See it all from onboard your yacht
Germany, France, Britain, Ireland or Poland, to name just a few examples, have excellently developed networks of inland waterways. In addition, the coastal waters of the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean offer great destinations to enjoy boating for beginners, literally all around Europe. Possibilities are endless: from romantic, well preserved rivers and canals in the countryside to the sparkling atmosphere of the big cities along the coast or on the river banks.
Enjoy great freedom Getting started in boating is really easy. With a little practice and the right information everyone can steer a boat safely and enjoy great freedom on the water with family or friends. Boating courses are available from yacht clubs as well as boating schools in all boating destination. Charter companies offer berths on crewed yachts for those who do not want to take the responsibility of skippering a yacht at the beginning. In some countries which require boating licences there are options options available like the charter licence in Germany, which only requires an introductory two-hour course at the charter base right before you enter your boat.
Boating has to be safe at all times. But there are many options available to help newcomers along to enjoy their first experiences safely on board a boat. Just do it and experience the pure pleasur of boating!