Yes there is a requirement to be licensed as Boatmen in order to obtain a pleasure boat licence to take parties of up to 12 passengers. In category D waters.
How do I qualify for a boatmen’s licence?
In order to qualify for a boatmen’s licence the applicant must be:
Be over 18 years of age
Submit an application form, relevant documentation and proof of age with the relevant fee in person at Castle Point Borough Council.
Submit names and addresses of 2 referees not related to the applicant or living at the same address as the applicant.
2 Passport type recent photo’s of the applicant
Be acquainted with the various rules and regulation pertaining to passenger carrying vessels
Hold a minimum of either a RYA Power boat level two with commercial endorsement or MCA BML tier one level 2 qualifications. With over 12 months boating and navigation experience.
Have a medical to show that he/she is not suffering from any disease or disability which could make it unsafe for him/her to be in charge of a passenger vessel. (Group 2 or ML5 medical)
Application forms and conditions of licences can be obtained form the Licensing Unit at Castle Point Borough Council on 01268 882416, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or they can be downloaded from the web site.
Yes Castle Point Borough Council may suspend, or revoke a licence at any time whenever they deem such suspension or revocation to be necessary in the interest of the public safety.
Each craft must be submitted for an annual inspection by the Port of London Authority (PLA). The PLA will pay a visit to the launch site during the year. Test dates are mutually agreed. The PLA will inspect the craft to the MCA Small Passenger Boat Code Standard; only once the PLA is satisfied the boat meets this standard will the licence be issued.