European Authorities with responsibility for national inland waterways have asked for Danish regulations concerning training and competence for pleasure craft, when Danish pleasure sailors during their holidays are crossing European inland waterways.
The requirements for Certificates of competency for Masters and Mates on board pleasure craft only extend to pleasure crafts of 15 meters or more in length.
Part of the above-mentioned regulation is copied in below. You will se from it that
a person in possession of a certificate of competency in sailing a pleasure craft is allowed to serve as mate in trade in the North Sea and the English Channel as well as trade at the British Islands, Ireland, Norway and the Faroe Islands, and
a person in possession of a certificate of competency as Yacht Master, 3rd Class, is allowed to serve as master in limited waters as defined in paragraph 10 below.
The passing of an examination in proficiency in yachting is the minimum requirement for obtaining a certificate of competency in sailing pleasure crafts of 15 meters or more in length.
Furthermore, it should be kept in mind that the majority of pleasure crafts flying a Danish flag are ships of less than 15 meters in length. However, a large proportion of those sailing Danish pleasure crafts choose to pass – as a minimum – an examination in proficiency in yachting on a voluntary basis.
If a pleasure craft of less than 15 meters in length is a so-called “power boat”, it is mandatory for its navigator to pass - as a minimum - an examination in yachting to get a certificate of proficiency in yachting in regard to power boats.
The DMA will suggest the European Authorities when conducting control on inland waterways to take into account the above mentioned qualifications for pleasure sailors.