If you complete a test for a certificate of competency, you will get full information about safety at sea. At the same time, you will acquire the basic competences necessary to manoeuvre most recreational craft safely. Furthermore, a certificate of competency will entitle you to operate a power boat.
The test consists of a practical test, where your demonstrate your ability to manoeuvre a boat in port and at sea. If you choose to take the test in a sail boat, you must demonstrate your ability to operate the boat under various wind directions. Much focus will be on maritime safety so you must, inter alia, also demonstrate your ability to make a rescue manoeuvre with the boat.
The test also consists of a theoretical part, where you must demonstrate your knowledge of, inter alia, the regulations for preventing collisions at sea, aids to navigation and navigation in general.
Once you have passed both parts of the test, you can be issued with a certificate of competency for yachtsmen.