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Skippers licenses in Croatia


For bareboat charter in Croatia it is a necessary to have a valid skipper’s license and  license to operate radio station according to the Croatian maritime law.

In the event of a bareboat charter (without our skipper) the client skipper must be in possession of a certificate of competence in order to charter a boat. It is also a legal requirement for skipper or one member of the crew to be qualified for the operation with the VHF station (possessing the VHF license).

Licenses and certificates corresponding to the Croatian program and containing the verification of the state are accepted by the Croatian authorities. The VHF license is obligatory, as well.

Most of the RYA licenses are accepted ( for sailing in Croatian territorial waters.


To make sure your skipper’s license is valid in Croatia check if it is listed here.


Fantastic news from the Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure


From now on, you can freely and legitimately charter any Lagoon 42, Lagoon 450, or Lagoon 50; any sailing yacht or catamaran within that range (all yachts up to 18m) without possessing the Yachtmaster Licence. As 30 GT is set aside, the Yachtmaster licence is only required for the charter of the yachts greater than 18 m.

This news came straight from the office of Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure a couple of months ago and now is officially published.

Check the list of certificates issued by the competent authorities of other states that have concluded bilateral Memorandum of Understanding with Croatian Administration recognized for operating Croatian flag boats and yachts here.


Croatian citizen often need a boat skipper license category B,  while others must have a license that is on the list of recognized certificates issued by the Ministry.

Also you can get skipper license in Croatia or hire a skipper for charter.

Croatian licenses
There are several categories of  Croatian licenses issued by the Ministry of Sea, Transport and  Infrastructure. You will obtain international skippers license.

1.) Boat Skipper category A
– is authorized to operate with boats up to 7m  with engine power up to 15KW
– navigation area III and IV
2.) Boat Skipper category B
– is authorized to operate pleasure boats up to 30GT or charter boats up to 30GT without professional crew
– navigation area III and IV
3.) Boat Skipper category C
– is authorized to operate with any kind of boats up to 30GT
– navigation area I, II and all world’s seas
4.) Yacht Master category A and B
– is authorized to operate with any kind of boats up to 100GT for A category and up to 500 for B category
– navigation area on all world’s seas

Exams for boat skipper categories A and B are quite simple and accessible to everyone.
The exam can be passed in each port of authorities in Croatia. Exams are usually organized once in week. The exam covers only the theoretical part and last few hours. The exam price and fees, are determined by Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. All licenses issued by Croatian ministry are acceptable in whole world as Croatia is a member of European Maritime Council.

Following documents are required for exam:
1. completed form for access to exam and fee of 40,00 kuna
2. two recent photographs 2,5 cm x 3,5 cm
3. copy of ID card  and/or passport copy
4. confirmation of payment  for exam

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