Danish Maritime Authority

Personal watercraft certificate


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.

If you are going into the water on a personal watercraft, remember that you need a personal watercraft certificate. 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.

Everyone must have personal watercraft certificate

You can read more about how to obtain a personal watercraft certificate on the Danish Maritime Authority's website: https://www.dma.dk/SkoleFritidssejlads/UddPersonligeBeviser/Vandscooterbevis/Sider/default.aspx

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.

Seven points to remember as a user

  • You need to bring your personal watercraft certificate
  • Do not sail closer to the coast than 300 meters
  • Maximum 0.5 per mil in the blood
  • There must be a rescue or swimming vest for everyone
  • The shipping regulations also apply to personal watercrafts
  • To observe local shipping regulations
  • You must bring documentation showing that the insurance conditions are in order.

Read more about the rules on the Danish Maritime Authority's website: https://www.dma.dk/SkoleFritidssejlads/Fritidsfartoejer/Vandscootere/Sider/default.aspx



About Danish Maritime Authority

Danish Maritime Authority
Danish Maritime Authority
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+45 72 19 60 00https://www.dma.dk/

“The Danish Maritime Authority sets the direction for future quality shipping”

Our field of responsibility is based on the shipping industry and its framework conditions, the ship and its crew. In addition, we are responsible for aids to navigation in the waters surrounding Denmark and ashore. In other words, the Danish Maritime Authority has the responsibility for the following:

  • The construction, equipment and operation of Danish ships (including safety, terror prevention, navigational regulations, manning, occupational health and environmental protection) as well as port State control of foreign ships calling at Danish ports.
  • Ship registration.
  • Seafarers’ employment, health and conditions of social security.
  • Shipping policy, maritime law as well as industrial policy, both nationally and internationally.
  • Tasks related to aids to navigation at sea and ashore (lighthouses and buoys), including ships and repair workshops.
  • Navigational information in the form of navigational analyses, warnings, GIS and specialist publications.
  • The national pilot authority.

The Danish Maritime Authority consists of the central authority, eight survey offices, including the office in Nuuk, Greenland, as well as the Centre of Maritime Health and Safety on the island of Fanø.

Our responsibility as a government agency applies both to the merchant fleet and the fishing industry. However, the Danish Maritime Authority is not responsible for the industrial policy relating to fishing which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.

Please observe that the surveillance of Danish waters and of civilian shipping, sovereignty enforcement, the police authority, pollution prevention, environmental surveillance, ice-breaking, etc. are the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence.

The Danish Maritime Authority is a government agency under the Ministry of Business and Growth.

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