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Is a sailing license compulsory in your Country?
I want to take advantage of the internationalship of Sailnet.
In my country, you need to have a sailing license in order to skip a boat.
There are different levels of licenses:
- PNB is a very basic license. I don't know exactly what it allows you to.
- PEE: Allows you to sail boats up to 12 mts (40 ft) to a maximum of 12 milles away from the shore.
- PI: Allows you to sail boats up to 20 mts (60 ft) to a maximum of 60 milles away from the shore.
- CI: Allows you to sail any non professional boat in any seas.
In order to get these licenses you must pass several written exams and take some practical lessons on a boat. It sounds reasonable to an extent, but in reality it is almost useless because, at the end, what we sailors know, we know it because we realised that there were many things we needed to learn before adventuring in the seas. Obviously, I don't mean that anyone should go sailing without learning first. I just think that everyone has to procure his/her own sailing skills, adequate to the intended sailing, and that a compulsory license is of no help (at least, in my experience).
I am under the impression that very few countries regulations as strict as those and I would like to know to what extend my impression is accurated.
So I will appreciate your comments on how things are in your Country.