Solar powered sailing with or without a licence

The Solar Academy aims at safety for licence-free navigation

The solar academy is new and smarter

Practice with your loved ones from the very first hour

Solar navigation is revolutionising the world of yachting. Indeed, energy efficiency makes it possible to combine a larger and more comfortable boat. The licence free boat allows your family or friends to participate with you. Accompanied by a pro, you share this pleasure with your loved ones from the very first hour. 

It is smart for passing the boat licence and/or buying a boat.

Are you aware that more than 50% of those who take the licence do not use it within a year of their training or abandon their projects? Taking the boat licence or buying a boat requires a huge personal investment. So if you want to take the plunge, SeaZen proposes an effective strategy to limit this waste.

  1. Capitalise on your first concrete experience as a boat rental. If you then passe a training course for a license, this will benefit you
  2. You share this first experience with your loved ones first. It makes more sense to pass the licence or even buying a boat knowing that your family's ready to sail with you.
  3. You rely on your trained crew, which is always more efficient than beeing the only skipper on the manoeuvre. Remember, boating licence schools will not train your crew to help you during maneuvers.
  4. The solar academy does not replace the boating licence. Once you are sure that you and your loved ones are ready to move up a gear, then you can take the licence effectively.

The best boat training is the one that suits your needs

Did you know that 80% of boat owners simply go out to anchor just a few minutes from their home port? Whether you are a beginner or a licence holder, you want a training adapted to your needs and offering maximum safety. So start by assessing your level.

Your level depends on your practical experience

Increase your experience by practicing regularly. Choose an Activity adapted to your navigation Level Objective and Pre-requisite experience.

Be careful, if you only go to sea once a year, don't hesitate to sail accompanied by a pro or choose a smaller boat. It's the simplest way!

 Pre-requisite  Activity Objective
None
(optional step depending on experience)
Private boat tour Lev.1: Stay on course and feel the boat at low speed
Lev.1 for less than 1 week 1Hr accompanied rental then 2Hrs alone Lev.2: Go out and return to the port
Lev.2 for less than 1 month * Boat Club during the day Lev.3: Combine different weather and sea conditions
6 x Lev.3 over the last 12 months + license Boat Club in the evening Lev.4: Sail in the evening and returning to port at night
10 x Lev. 4 over the last 12 months + license Boat Club on several slots Lev.5: Train new crew members and sailing further

* If you already have experience or if you've "lost it" since last year, contact us for a lighter accompaniment. The idea is to save you from having to spend a whole hour getting used to it again.

Training from home saves time

At sea, nothing beats practice. So, as your time is limited, prepare as much as you can from home. Try for example our free tutorials and tests below. Then book a private boat trip with your future crew. This is the cheapest and most effective way to ensure that you are ready for a training at sea.

  • Mooring the anchor

    Retur to the port

  • Passenger protection Take off your shoes before boarding. 
    When sailing, do not park on the front or back beaches. Do not jump on the front platform. Do not climb up or hang yourself from the sunroof. Stay seated on the seats. Children under 7 years of age under the responsibility of the parents.
    Dock speed For dock manoeuvres, approach at 1 knot. The crew accompanies the manoeuvre by releasing gently with their hands or feet.
    Speed in the port Observe the speed limit in the harbour (approx. 5 km/h).
    GPS security For your safety do not approach the coast except in the anchorage areas. At less than 100 m, a GPS alert will trigger a systematic inspection of the floats on your return. Always stay within the navigation zone marked on the map.
    Diver safety Locate the divers' flags and then go around at least 100 m.
    Safety for fishermen Locate the fishing net buoys and then go around for at least 100 m.
    Propeller safety Deviate your course or stop the propellers in case of floating objects. The electric motor is silent. In case of abnormal noise, stop everything and check that the propellers are clear. Swimmers do not hear the propellers starting, at anchor, remove the circuit breaker.

    Solar-powered navigation instructions on an electric boat

    Navigate in solar autonomy. Charging the batteries constitutes a reserve of power that you must keep at more than 95% charge.
    Safety at sea In case of unexpected strong waves and for your comfort, stay seated on the back benches, reduce speed before the wave. In case of diving, let the wave run on deck and watch your personal belongings.
    Safety at anchor The draught is 50 cm at propeller level. Moor on sandy bottoms, on an area free of algae or posidonia and without rocks. Moisten the entire chain, which must rest horizontally on the bottom.
  • Each guide contains a Quiz to allow you to test yourself in a playful and fun way anonymous. At the end of the Quiz, you will see the answer sheet with statistical answers of the other participants.

    Boat Club of Beaulieu sur Mer

    Level Virtual tour + Online test
    1 Discover the anchorage David Niven
    2 Gaining experience up to Paloma Beach
    3 Sailing at night
    4 Heading for La Mala