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Boating is a favourite pastime in Norway. If you’d like to get in on the fun then here’s some useful info on how and where you can get a boating license.
If you’re born after 1 January 1980, then you’ll need to get a boating license in order to operate a recreational craft under Norwegian flag of more than 8 metres in length or with an engine power of 25hp or more.
But if you are born before 1980, then you are allowed to operate a recreational craft of up to 15 metres without a boating license. However, The Norwegian Maritime Authority, encourages those who fall in this category to take the boating exam in any case. This is so as to show proof that you possess the necessary knowledge to operate a boat safely.
With a boating license, you are then allowed to operate boats of up to 15 metres without further restrictions on speed or horsepower.
In order to operate a recreational craft of more than 15 metres, you are required to obtain a Certificate for Deck Officer Class 5 Pleasure Craft.
According to the The Norwegian Maritime Authority, it is not compulsory for you to complete a course prior to the exam but it adds that most people find a course to be useful and educational.
Yes, provided that:
*for use only on recreational crafts and NOT COMMERCIAL VESSELS
Source: The Norwegian Maritime Authority