Basic Skipper License

Start your nautical journey!

Start your nautical journey!

Qualifies you to command a recreational craft in daytime navigation at a maximum distance of 3 miles from the coast and 10 miles from any harbour, with the following limits:
– From 16 to 18 years old, recreational craft of length up to 6m with installed power up to 22.5 KW, water bikes and motorized boards regardless of their power;
– Over 18 years old, recreational craft with a length up to 12m, with installed power adequate to its certification.



Minimum age:

14 years


Arrábida Natural Park


20 theoretical hours
10 practical hours


295€ per person



Certified Instructors;

Course to obtain the Sailor's Charter;

Appropriate and safe didactic material;

Exam for obtaining the Sailor’s Licence;

Issuance of the Sailor’s Licence – accredited by DGRM – Direção Geral de Recuros Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos (Directorate-General for Natural Resources, Safety and Maritime Services);


Does not include:

(115€ – not subject to IVA):

Exam to obtain a Sailor's Charter;

Issuance of the Sailor's Charter – accredited by DGRM – General Directorate of Natural Resources, Safety and Maritime Services;

Payment Terms:
The payment of the course for obtaining the Sailor’s Licence can be made in instalments or in full, until the last lesson of the course;

Required documentation:

  • Citizen’s Identity Card;
  • Passport size colour photograph (you can take it free of charge at Arrábia Experiences);
  • Medical Certificate.



Theoretical Section

Recreational Boating Regulation
Nomenclature and equipment for small boats
Types of propulsion and steering
Generalities about tides, currents and winds
General definitions
Maritime buoyage system
Safety on board
Terminology Effect of wind and currents
First aid
Flags of the International Code of Signals (ICS)
Generalities about engines
Preservation of the marine environment

Pratical Section

Driving and manoeuvring a motor boat
Man overboard manoeuvre; manoeuvring a buoy simulating shipwreck
Anchoring, mooring and bending manoeuvres
Anchoring, mooring and lowering manoeuvres
Fire prevention and firefighting; use of extinguishers
Basic works of seaman’s art
Basic knowledge of engine operation and maintenance