You must hold a certificate for operators of personal watercraft when operating personal watercraft or using jet skis.
The regulations always apply to you as a user no matter whether you own or hire the personal watercraft/jet skis.
The personal watercraft certificate ensures that the operator of the boat has basic knowledge about navigation and the functioning of the watercraft.
Be aware that all personal watercrafts and speedboats must be covered by liability insurance, read more about this requirement.
How to qualify for a personal watercraft certificate?
You acquire the personal watercraft certificate by completing a test. At the test, you are inter alia required to demonstrate knowledge about the regulations for preventing collisions at sea, demonstrate operation at various speeds, including steering and manoeuvring during acceleration and at high and low speed, the test is also intended to promote safe behaviour and continuous risk assessment during the voyage.
Persons attending a personal watercraft test must be 16 years or older.
If You already hold a yacthsman certificate, in example a powerboat license, You are only required to pass the practical part of the test, in order to qualify for a personal watercraft certificate.
Personal watercraft tests
Personal watercraft tests are arranged by approved providers.
Therefore, yachtsmen must contact a local provider to register for a personal watercraft tests.
Sail clubs, schools and the like can arrange tests through approved providers.
A list of approved providers is available here.
Questions about personal watercraft certificates, education and training should be directed to the approved providers.
Issue of personal watercraft certificate
Approved providers issue personal watercraft certificates once the personal watercraft test has been passed.
If you have lost your personal watercraft certificate, you can request a new one from the approved provider.
Operation of personal watercrafts or jet skis
You can read more about the rules when operating personal watercrafts or jet skis here.
Persons who met the requirements for operating a personal watercraft prior to 1 January 2018 because they held a certificate for yachtsmen or a certificate of competency as a navigating officer, are still allowed to use personal watercraft until 1 January 2020; after this date, they must also have acquired a license for operating personal watercraft through the passing of the practical part of the test.