Recreational craft, skipper or jet bike driver certificate

A recreational craft is a water craft with a total length of 2.5-24 metres (e.g. a boat, a sailing yacht, a motorboat, etc.), used for recreation, regardless of the registration.

Water crafts used for competitive sports and training and marked accordingly by the sports association (e.g. a jet, a windsurfing board, a sports sailing yacht, a sports sailboat, etc.) and water crafts with a primitive structure (e.g. a dugout, a dory, small flat-bottomed boat, a narrow boat, a canoe, etc.) and water crafts with a special structure are not considered to be recreational crafts.

A ship with a total length below 12 metres is a water craft used for economic activities, professional work, state administrative purposes or vocational training. A jet is a water turbine vehicle without a cockpit and with a stationary engine, with a total length of up to 4 m, driven while sitting, standing on knees or standing up.

Skipper certificate

Skipper certificates are issued and replaced by all service offices of the Traffic Registry. The certificate can be applied for by a person who has passed the necessary tests and who is at least 15 years old and who is in a state of health that meets the requirements for drivers of a B-category motor vehicle.

The necessary preparation, including practical skills, to apply for a skipper certificate can be received at courses conducted by people certified by the Estonian Maritime Administration. The examination for a skipper consists of a theoretical test and a practical test. The practical test is conducted on a recreational craft or on a simulator that has been certified and approved by the Estonian Maritime Administration.

Jet bike driver certificate

A jet bike driver certificate can be applied for by a person who has passed the appropriate theoretical test and who is at least 15 years old. The necessary preparation, including practical skills, can be received at courses conducted by people certified by the Estonian Maritime Administration or independently. To apply for a jet bike driver certificate, a theoretical test that is conducted by the conductor of preparation courses has to be taken. Both skipper and jet bike driver certificates are valid for 10 years.

Compiled by: Estonian Road Administration