Spanish Boat Licence

Boating licence for craft up to 6m
This one-day course for the Spanish Boat Licence gives you the basic skills you need to legally drive a boat up to 6 metres LOA in Spain. The course provides a practical introduction to boat handling, safety equipment and preparing the boat and crew to go out on the water. Take the Spanish Boat Licence with The Boat School and you can legally rent a powerboat the very next day!

Quick facts

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Spanish Boat Licence

Valid for Spanish-flagged vessels up to 6m

6 hours training in 1 day

4 hours on the water & 2 hours theory

Maximum 5 students per course

Time enough for basic boat handling skills

You don't have to be Spanish!

Available for all nationalities

Choose your language

Taught in English or Spanish

The kind of boat you'll be driving

Hire a boat the day after you finish your course!

The details

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This 6-hour course for the Spanish Boat Licence gives you the basic skills you need to legally drive a powerboat of up to 6 metres length overall (LOA) in Spain. The course provides a practical introduction to boat handling, safety equipment and preparing the boat and crew to go out on the water.

The course lasts 6 hours. We normally start at 09.00 and finish at 16.00 with a break for lunch between 13.00 and 14.00. The Boat School course to obtain the the Spanish Boat Licence is taught in small groups with a maximum of five students.

Is this course for me?
This course is suitable for beginners and for drivers with experience who are looking for formal certification to operate a Spanish-flagged pleasure craft in Spain.

The Spanish Boat Licence is valid for driving:

Vessels up to 6 meters overall length (LOA)
During daylight hours
Up to 2 nautical miles from a port, marina or safe haven

Open to all nationalities. You don’t have to be a Spanish citizen or resident to obtain the Spanish Boat Licence.
You can drive either your own boat or a rented boat with this licence.

Practical skills, including…
Leaving a mooring & coming alongside
Picking up a mooring buoy
Anchoring & weighing anchor
Slow speed manoeuvres
Man overboard recovery

& just the right amount of theory, including…
The Rules of the Road
Weather information

You can choose to complete the course either as part of an open group or book the boat and do the course with family and friends. Boats used in training for this kind of course have to be registered with the Spanish Maritime Authority. For this reason, we can’t offer own boat tuition for Boat Licence courses.

Open groups
With an open group booking, you book a place on a course and we’ll admit up to a maximum of three students onto that same course. This is the most economical option if there are less than 4 participants; however, it’s also the least flexible option if your availability is limited. The price of a seat on an open course includes fuel and mooring fees away from our base.
Price per person in an open group: 160€

Group discounts

2 students: 152€ per person (5% discount)
3 students: 147.20€ per person (8% discount)
4 students: 144€ per person (10% discount)

Please note that the minimum age for this course is 16.

Whole boat booking and private tuition
When 5 students book a course together, we consider this a “whole boat booking”. This course is only for you. You can also have a “whole boat booking” for a private group of family and friends or even just for yourself!
Whole boat booking (up to 5 students): from 595€ (price includes boat, tuition, materials and certificates)

Please contact us for whole boat bookings. We can arrange dates and times to fit in with your plans.

Passengers
The rules under which we operate don’t allow “passengers” on the course; everyone on the course needs to participate!

What’s included
Your Spanish Boat Licence course with The Boat School includes:

Use of light-weight inflatable life jackets
Cold water on the boat
Fuel and mooring fees
Spanish Boat Licence certificate
10% discount on future rentals for selected boats

What’s not included
Meals are not included
Medical certificate (budget about 30€ per person)

This course is suitable for beginners and for drivers with experience who are looking for formal certification to operate a Spanish-flagged pleasure craft in Spain.

The minimum age for this course is 16. Candidates under the age of 18 will need a consent form signed by a parent or guardian.

You will need a medical certificate before we can issue you with your Spanish Boating Licence. For the Spanish Boating Licence, you’ll need a simple medical check up and a medical certificate issued by a driver’s medical centre. The check up is done in English, takes 15 minutes sand costs about 30€. You can do the check up on the day of your course.

Recognition in Spain
The Spanish Boat Licence is valid for driving:

  • Spanish-flagged vessels up to 6 meters overall length (LOA)
  • During daylight hours
  • Up to 2 nautical miles from a port, marina or safe haven

Open to all nationalities. You don’t have to be a Spanish citizen or resident to obtain the Spanish Boat Licence. You can drive either your own boat or a rented boat with the Boat Licence.

Assuming you have a medical certificate, we’ll issue your Licence as soon as you finish the course.

International recognition
The Spanish Boating Licence isn’t formally recognized outside of Spain. If you need international recognition, we suggest you look at the RYA Powerboat level 2 course. For many nationalities, the RYA will issue you with an ICC on the basis of your Powerboat level 2 certificate.

Book your course Spanish Boat Licence

From 119€ per person in a group booking

With The Boat School, you can choose to book your Spanish Boat License course in an open group or rent a powerboat and get training on the boat you hire. We can’t run own boat tuition for this kind of course.

Book a place in an Open Group

If you choose to book a place on an open group, we’ll put a maximum of five people on your course) although most courses usually run with less students). We need three people booked onto a course before we can confirm your reservation.

Book a Place

Rental with Course Pack

The option of rental with tuition for the Spanish Boat License Rental gives you maximum flexibility whether you’re looking for a small group (up to 5 students) or you want one-to-one training.

Rental with Tuition

Ready to book? Got any questions?

During the Summer months, our training calendar offers courses every week. From September through to June, we plan courses based on the availability of students.
If you’re interested in a Powerboat course with The Boat School, please complete the form below and we’ll get back to you.

Or give us a call on 00 34 639 20 22 97

We’ll talk you through the options in English or Spanish.

The Boat School

Recognized by the Royal Yachting Association to conduct Powerboat Training, Sail Cruising courses in the Yachtmaster (sail) scheme and Shorebased (theory) courses.

Recognized by the Spanish Directorate General for Merchant Shipping, the Comunidad Valenciana and the Region of Murcia to conduct sail, motor, powerboat and VHF training.

Operational Base Denia

Edificio H, Marina de Dénia Darsena de babor s/n 03700 · Denía · Spain

Office Tel. 0034 639 20 22 97

Madrid Office

Greenwich Náutica C/ Marqués de Lema 28003 · Madrid · Spain

Tel. 0034 91 456 0273