Swiss boating licences

Swiss boating licences

Which boat licence do I need?

In the following overview, you will find a list of the common boating licences and marine radio certificates that are issued in the recreational sector.

Licence For what Requirements
Motorboat cat. A For motorboats with more than 6 kW engine power (Lake Constance 4.4 kW).A sailing boat may also be operated under engine power.A boating licence of "Category A limited to sailing ships" can be acquired to be allowed to operate sailing ships with auxiliary engines over 6 kW (Lake Constance 4.4 kW).
  • Theoretical motorboat exam on the computer (60 questions within 50 minutes, max 15 fault points).
  • Practical motorboat examination after completion of the theory examination (safe navigation according to traffic regulations and under special circumstances).
  • Confirmation of sufficient eyesight
  • Minimum age 18 years
Sailing boat cat. D For sailing boats with more than 15 m² sail area (Lake Constance 12 m²).
  • Theoretical sailing ship exam on the computer (60 questions within 50 minutes, max 15 fault points).
  • Practical sailing examination after completion of the theory examination (safe navigation of the ship according to traffic regulations and under special circumstances).
  • Confirmation of sufficient eyesight
  • Minimum age 14 years
High Rhine patent Authorised to drive motorboats with more than 4.4 kW on the stretch of the Rhine between Stein am Rhein and the Schaffhausen-Feuerthalen road bridge.
  • Passed theory exam

  • Passed practical exam
Coastal licence Authorised to operate sailing yachts or motor yachts at sea.
  • Passed theory exam
  • Passed practical exam
  • Confirmation of adequate hearing and eyesight
  • Minimum age 18 years

Offshore licence

Swiss Certificate of Competence for Ocean Yachting

Authorised to operate sailing yachts or motor yachts at sea.
  • Passed theory exam
  • Boating licence cat. A or cat. D
  • Emergency first aid certification, not older than 6 years
  • Confirmation of adequate hearing and eyesight
  • Proof of practical experience at sea
  • Minimum age 16 years

Marine Radio SRC

Short Range Certificate

Authorised to operate VHF radio systems with and without DSC controller as well as Inmarsat-C equipment and internal radio equipment (under Swiss flag).
  • Passed theory exam
  • Passed practical exam

Marine Radio LRC

Long Range Certificate 

In addition to the SRC, entitles the holder to operate with medium frequency (MF) and high frequency (HF) equipment with and without DSC.
  • Passed theory exam
  • Passed practical exam

Inland waterway radio

VHF ship radio licence for inland navigation 

For skippers using marine radio on the Rhine and inland waterways in Europe.
  • Passed theory exam