How to drive a larger boat without a license?

Solar navigation is revolutionizing the world of boating. Thanks to energy efficiency, the comfort and size of the boat increase significantly without the need for a license. A sailboat can be driven without a license but it takes months of practice, a motorboat requires a license it takes 2 weeks, solar navigation can be practiced in 2 times 1 hour!

The Solar Academy aims at safety for licence-free navigation

The seaZen academy : a simple and effective approach

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. It makes more sense to pass the licence or even buying a boat knowing that your family's ready to sail with you. So share this experience with your loved ones.
  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. So start by sailing with your relatives.
  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 sailing school is the one that fits your motivation

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. Adapt your sailing program to your level. If you just sail once a year, don't hesitate to sail with an experienced guide or choose a smaller self drive boat. Safety at sea is the priority!

Level  Pre-requisite experience  You can book Know-how objective
1 None Private boat tour Initiation to keep the course and feel the electric boat at low speed + drop the anchor
2 Lev.1 for less than 1 week or pass 10 points on the virtual test or license Self Drive Rental 1+2 Hrs Leave and return to port without zigzagging + master the reverse gear smoothly
3 Lev.2 for less than 1 month * Boat Club during the day
Learn about different weather conditions while remaining less than 20 minutes from the port
4 6 x Lev.3 over the last 12 months Boat Club in the evening Navigate by night without consuming, find your way and return to port alone without assistance
5 10 x Lev. 4 over the last 12 months Boat Club on several slots The captain trains his new crew members and knows how to approach unknown places without risk

* 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 practice again.

Training from home saves time

At sea, nothing beats practice. So as your rental time is limited, prepare yourself for free from home. For example, look at the general practice tutorials and memos on this page and also look at the Boat Club pages for specific navigation guides for your sailing area.

  • 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.