No compulsory licensing / training / insurance for UK coastal waters although some local authorities will demand you register with them and provide proof of insurance before using their slipways. Insurers will look on you more favourably if you've had some form of recognised training.
Can't comment on inland waterways
- Please get at least 3rd party insurance before going afloat. Many would consider anyone going afloat without to be irresponsible.
- Please consider doing your RYA Level 1 or 2 powerboat course. It will cost a fraction of what you'll spend on your boat, will increase your knowledge and enjoyment no-end and might stop you becoming a 'statisic'
- Please carry a VHF radio and flares and know how to use them (as previous post strictly speaking a license is needed for a VHF but you're not going to get nicked for sending a mayday without a license)
- Lifejackets & kill-cords go without saying
Welcome to Ribnet and enjoy your boating!!