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SCV Code Boat Master Grade III (3) Boating License Training & Examination


De veiligheidscode voor kleine handelsvaartuigen (SCV-code) schrijft operationele normen voor inzake veiligheid, diplomering van zeelieden en welzijn en bescherming van het mariene milieu voor kleine handelsvaartuigen die in de Caribische handelszone (CTA) varen. The code applies to ships commercially operated and trading in the Caribbean, with an overall length of 5 meters or more and a length (L) of less than 24 meters.

Boating License SCV-Code Boatmaster III license captains of open boats <12m in protected waters & open boats <12m on the coast (< 3Nm )

Upon successful completion of the Boat Captain Grade III (3) course, the delegate shall be issued a certificate of competency “Boat Captain Grade III in accordance with the Small Craft Safety Code, Chapter X and Annex 11.”

De Ruyter Training & Consultancy (DRTC) is offering the course in Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten and St. Maarten. Eustatius, Curacao, Saba

Protected watersshall mean an area designated as such by the competent authority for the small vessels in relation to its territorial waters, consisting of sheltered waters that do not present special hazards. If not designated as such, it is an area that is in no case more than 3 nautical miles from a safe place of refuge.

Port or safe haven: a harbor, inlet or other body of water usually sheltered from heavy seas by land that poses no particular danger and into which a vessel can safely enter and from which those on board can safely disembark. The suitability of a location as a safe place of refuge is determined by the competent authority.

Coastal waters means an area designated as such by the competent authority in respect of the territorial sea and contiguous zone, but in no case extending more than 20 nautical miles from a port or place of refuge. If not so designated, it means an area not more than 20 nautical miles from a port or safe haven.

Exposed (exposed) waters means all waters more than 20 nautical miles from a port or safe haven, or other waters designated as such by the competent authority.

Those who have successfully completed the training are able to Maneuver effectively, respond to emergencies and have acquired knowledge regarding collision prevention provisions, seamanship, passenger safety, legal responsibilities to passengers and crew, meteorology, technical aspects and prevention of marine pollution.

Target audience
This course is intended for captains of open boats <12m in protected waters & open boats <12 m <12Nm on the coast (<3Nm)

Conditions for participation
De cursist dient in het bezit te zijn van:

  • 18 years and older
  • 3 months of experience
  • Valid Medical First Aid certificate (part of the course!)
  • a valid medical certificate
  • good health and physically able to participate in hands-on exercises.

Course content

  • maneuver
  • act in emergencies
  • marine collision prevention provisions
  • local knowledge and regulations
  • seamanship
  • navigation/maps
  • rescue and firefighting equipment
  • emergency signals
  • passenger safety
  • legal responsibilities to passengers and crew
  • meteorology
  • technical knowledge
  • prevention of pollution
  • basic ship knowledge and stability
  • first aid

The course is accredited by inspection environment and transport

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive the certificate with which to apply for the boating license:

  • Boatmaster Grade IIÏ in accordance with the Code of Safety for Small Vessels (CSV Code), Chapter X and annex 11.


Course duration
7 days

Number of students
minimaal 3

Lesson times
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.



St. Eustatius




Passenger ships are required by this Code to: sail only at a distance of 20 miles or less from the nearest port or safe place of refuge;

carry no more than 150 passengers;

and if overnight accommodations are provided, no more than 50 passengers on overnight trips.