For a bareboat charter in Croatia it is necessary to have a valid Boat Skipper’s license and license to operate the radio station (VHF Certificate) according to Croatian law. A list of accepted licenses in Croatia can be found – HERE.
If you don’t possess the necessary licenses, you can obtain a Boat Skipper’s license in Croatia, or hire a skipper for your charter.
Yes, the Croatian skipper’s license is international and valid in other countries too.
Yes, if you passed the exam for Croatian Boat Skipper category B. If not, you can pass this exam separately by applying and paying an extra fee. You need to contact the Harbour Master’s office where you intend to take the exam.
There are several categories of Croatian licenses issued by the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. You will need to obtain the international skipper’s license.
- Boat Skipper category A
– is authorized to operate with boats up to 7m long with engine power up to 15KW
– navigation area IIIa and IV
– you can obtain a license from the age of 15.
- Boat Skipper category B
– is authorized to operate pleasure boats or yachts without a professional crew up to 18 m long
– navigation area III and IV
– you can obtain a license from the age of 16.
- Boat Skipper category C
– is authorized to operate with any kind of boat or yachts up to 18 m long
– navigation area I – on all the seas globally
- Yacht Master category A and B
– is authorized to operate with any kind of yachts up to 100GT for A category, and up to 500GT for B category
– navigation area I – on all the seas globally
Gross tonnage is the volume of all enclosed spaces of the ship, internal volume of the vessel (1 GT is equal to 2,83 m2 of enclosed space of the vessel).
Exams for boat skipper categories A and B (Voditelj brodice) are moderate simple and accessible to everyone.
The exam can be passed in every Harbour Master’s office in Croatia. Exams are usually organised once a week in season, and rarely outside of the season. The exam covers only the theoretical part and lasts for 20-30 minutes. Prices and fees are determined by Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, but you can count on cca 110.-EUR cost for foreigners.
1. completed Application form and paid fee (820 HRK or 110 Euro)
2. two recent photos (2,5 cm x 3,5 cm)
3. copy of passport/ID Card
4. fee payment proof
There is no need to pass the exam again, you can obtain a new license at the Harbour Masters office where you passed the exam. You need to contact them directly and provide the necessary forms, send 2 photos, provide passport copy and pay fees. The new license will be ready in a few days.
You’ll need a license that goes over 18 m long vessels and then you can take the exam for a Yachtmaster in Croatia, a license which is valid for any boat or yacht type up to 100 BT. For that kind of license, you need to have at least the Category B license, and you’ll need to pass a theoretical and practical course in one of Maritime Training Schools in Croatia and exam too. You would directly contact Maritime Training Schools in Croatia that organise the courses for Yachtmaster licenses category A (100 GT) or category B (500 GT).
Boat Skipper course is not a condition (obligation) to take the Boat Skipper exam. The Ordinance on Boats and Yachts, which legally regulates taking the exam for a Boat Skipper stipulates that the exam can be taken after registration for the exam with the provided Application Form and appropriate documentation. It is our recommendation that, if you do not have knowledge or experience related to the maritime profession, educate and prepare yourself before the exam, either independently or with the help of professionals who conduct courses for the Boat Skippers.
With the acquired license for the Boat Skipper category B, you can operate a boat for personal purpose up to 15 m long, i.e. a yacht for personal purpose or a bareboat yacht rented up to 18 m long, with unlimited propulsion power in navigation area III (international navigation to all seas and waters accessible from the sea with a distance limit of 12 Nm from the nearest coast of the mainland or island). You can also operate boats and yachts carrying passengers professionally in navigation areas IIIb, IIIc and IV, as well as cargo boats and fishing boats for economic needs in navigation area III, IIIa, IIIb, IIIc and IV. You can obtain a license from the age of 16.
With the acquired license for the Boat Skipper category A, you can operate a boat for personal purpose up to 7 m long with a propulsion power up to 15 kw (20 hp) in navigation area IIIa (up to 6 Nm from the coast of the mainland or island). You may also be a crew member on boats carrying passengers in navigation areas IIIb, IIIc and IV and on cargo ships and fishing boats in navigation area III, IIIa, IIIb, IIIc and IV. You can get a license from the age of 15.