Pleasure boat licences

Information and how to apply for a pleasure boat and pleasure boatman licence

If you want to operate a pleasure boat or pleasure vessel carrying passengers for hire, you must obtain a pleasure boat licence. 

Apply for a pleasure boat licence

If you want to be in charge of or navigate a pleasure boat, you must obtain a pleasure boatman licence.

Apply for a pleasure boatman licence (pdf 33kb) 

For either of these licences, you will also need to:


There are conditions linked to both these licences. These highlight a number of standard conditions such as where operation is permitted, during which hours and the number of passengers to be carried. However, other conditions may be placed on your licence depending on the type of vessel you have.

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