Personal Watercraft Certificate Mandatory in Denmark

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

April 24, 2019

Pic: Danish Maritime Authority

Pic: Danish Maritime Authority

If you are going into the water on a personal watercraft, remember that you need a personal watercraft certificate, said Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).

"You must have a personal watercraft certificate to use a personal watercraft or similar vessel. Watercraft certificates are a requirement, whether you own or rent the vessel," said a press note from DMA.

"You can get the personal watercraft certificate by passing a test. During the test you will, among other things have to show your knowledge of the shipping regulations, and demonstrate safe behavior when navigating at different speeds, including steering and maneuvering during acceleration. At the same time, you must show consideration for the surroundings," it added.

The requirement for the personal watercraft certificate was introduced in 2018. In this connection a transitional arrangement was made for those who were qualified to carry a personal watercraft certificate according to the rules at that time.

The scheme will expire in 2019 and therefore, everyone who still wants to use personal watercrafts or similar vessels must have acquired a personal watercraft certificate this year. You can read more about the transitional provisions in the above mentioned link.

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