South Lakeland District Council

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Licence - Boatman

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To hire out or take charge of commercial vessels carrying 12 or fewer passengers you must be a licensed boatman.  

The licences are in the form of a restricted licence or a full licence.

Restricted Licence

A restricted licence applies to persons hiring out vessels and does not include the navigation of pleasure craft to be used for the carrying of passengers.  In order to qualify for a restricted licence an applicant must:

  1. Be 18 years of age or over;
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of their company's Codes of Safe Working Practice and Emergency Procedures;
  3. Have a full knowledge of all statutory rules, regulations and bye-laws applicable to the water or waters for which the licence is required;
  4. Not suffer from any disease or physical disability which could affect their ability to assist in the hiring of the vessel/s.

Full Licence

A full licence is required by persons who hire out or take charge of the navigation of pleasure vessels used for the carrying of passengers.  in order to qualify for a full licence an applicant must:

  1. Be 18 years of age or over;
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of their company's Codes of Safe Working Practice and Emergency Procedures;
  3. Have a full knowledge of all statutory rules, regulations and bye-laws applicable to the water or waters for which the licence is required;
  4. Not suffer from any disease or physical disability which could affect their ability to assist in the hiring of the vessel/s;
  5. Complete a declaration as to their fitness;
  6. Satisfactorily complete a practical boat handling assessment.

Licences are issued on an annual basis. They are not transferable and cannot be backdated.

The council may suspend, or revoke a licence at any time whenever they deem such suspension or revocation to be necessary in the interests of the public.

Contact Information 

email: lake.wardens@southlakeland.gov.uk

Post: Lake Wardens, Ferry Nab, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria,

LA23 3JH.

Tel: 015394 42753.

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