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Dutch boating license "Klein Vaarbewijs I" valid in CH?

I have a Dutch friend who will visit us soon. He has a Dutch boating license "Klein Vaarbewijs I" which also states "International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft".

Do any of our Dutch readers have experience of the use of such a license on Swiss waterways?

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Re: Dutch boating license "Klein Vaarbewijs I" valid in CH?

It is valid.

But its use on Lake Constance/Bodensee is limited to no more than 30 days in each year. Because of this a "Ferienpatent Bodensee" is needed on Lake Constance.

http://schifffahrt.bav-faq.ch/5/8?lang=de
http://www.unece.org/trans/main/sc3/...lution_40.html
https://www.sg.ch/verkehr/schifffahr...erausweis.html
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Re: Dutch boating license "Klein Vaarbewijs I" valid in CH?

So just to complete this thread; our local service de navigation confirms the above and my insurance company accepts coverage when my friend is using my boat.

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Re: Dutch boating license "Klein Vaarbewijs I" valid in CH?

My son has a South African boating license, inland waterways and deep sea, and he's used his on Lake Lugano many times without problem. Once he was stopped for a check by police while they were body boarding or something, all very friendly and after a quick chat they were satisfied and left. I'd imagine any EU license will not be a problem at all.
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Re: Dutch boating license "Klein Vaarbewijs I" valid in CH?

I've had quite the discussion with a friend whose been going through issues with the licensing here lately.

Except for neighbouring countries they will accept a foreign certificate (France, Germany, Italy) and you can change your certificate for a Swiss one if you are resident here.

For non neighbouring countries they will accept an international certificate of competence if you are non-resident. If you are resident in Switzerland you need to do the Swiss License.

I know a couple of sailing/motorboat instructors who have had to do the certificates new here just to be able to sail or drive a boat in Switzerland and my mate who I discussed this with is in the process of doing it at the moment despite having been an instructor in the past and holding an International Certificate of Competence.
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Re: Dutch boating license "Klein Vaarbewijs I" valid in CH?

LuganoPirate is correct, but your son's license is only valid if he is a temporary visitor (like my Dutch friend) and not a permanent resident.

The only exchangeable boating permits are from Austria, Germany, Italy and France.
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Re: Dutch boating license "Klein Vaarbewijs I" valid in CH?

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My son has a South African boating license, inland waterways and deep sea, and he's used his on Lake Lugano many times without problem.
Which is not a real surprise as for visitors a UNECE Regulation 40 boating license is o.k and the South African one is such a license.

http://schifffahrt.bav-faq.ch/5/8?lang=de
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Re: Dutch boating license "Klein Vaarbewijs I" valid in CH?

Sorry folks, I missed this one the other day. I wrote a long blog post on precisely this subject a little while ago (and nothing has changed):

https://cloudninesailing.ch/is-my-qu...ion-valid-for/

For your Dutch friend and other visitors, the ICC is fine providing he also has a CEVNI endorsement (i.e. for inland waterways). NB it does need to be an actual formal ICC certificate and not just the local qualification that qualifies him/you to obtain an ICC.

As mentioned above, if you are resident here, you need to hold the Swiss qualification (D-Schein/permis for sail, A for motor) to operate a vessel over 15 m2 sail area or 8 kW engine power (12 m2/4.4 kW on the Bodensee) legally. If you start your training while resident, you need to go straight for the D/A certificate. If you hold a foreign certificate before moving here, you have 12 months' grace during which you can use that qualification/ICC (rather like a car driving licence), after which you still have to take the Swiss exam. Even for the surrounding countries, only 2 are accepted as a direct swap for all certificates; the other two require you to take a practical exam for sail (and I'm afraid I forget which 2 are which off the top of my head - you can check with your canton's Schiffahrtskontrolle/Office de navigation).

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