Regulatory Reference Guide


Welcome to the online Regulatory Reference Guide (RRG). It offers you the opportunity to search, sort and consult the rules impacting the recreational marine. The ICOMIA Secretariat invites all MIAs to check and update their sections frequently. We are sure that you will appreciate this very informative tool.

Please note: Currently, due to our recent website transition, the RRG is can not be edited by our members. MIAs will be informed as soon as it is possible to make updates. Before then, if you would like to update your country’s section, you can email your changes to

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Updated date Country Criteria
October 30, 2015 Poland Environment

Noise limits for outboard accordance with EU directive 2003/44/EC on noise and exhaust emission limits is in force. Ban of using seatoilets within 12 mm according the Baltic Convention.

October 30, 2015 Poland Drivers Licences

Skipper of a boat (sailboat, motorboat or PWC) must be at least 14 years old. Inland Skipper Certificate of Competency (sailboat or motorboat) gives right to drive yachts or motorboats in inland waterways and the boats length up to 12 m on internal sea waters and other marine waters in a zone up to 2 nautical miles from shore in the daytime. (Persons under the age of 16 may exercise their permissions on motorboats with an engine power up to 60 kW) Marine Skipper Certificate of Competency (sailbot or motorboat) gives right to drive yachts or motorboats length up to 18 m on marine waters. Captain\'s Certificate of Competency (sailboat or motorboat) gives right to drive yachts or motorboats in inland waterways and on marine waters. No driving license is required for: - driving sailboats lenght up 7,5 m (which may be equipped with an auxiliary mechanical driving gear) - driving motorboats up to 10 kW - practicing water tourism on motorboats with an engine power up to 75 kW with a hull length up to 13 m , where the maximum speed is structurally limited to 15 km / h

October 26, 2015 Canada Taxation

Five percent Goods and Services Tax in force. In addition there are provincial sales taxes of varying rates (6-8%) in effect in all provinces except Alberta which has no provincial sales tax.

September 25, 2015 South Africa Taxation

In February 2012 the Department of Finance announced an Ad Valorem tax of 10% on vessels over 10m manufactured for local use and on new and used imported vessels, effective 1 October 2012. This tax has been deferred indefinitely by the South African Revenue Service.

September 25, 2015 South Africa Registration

All vessels in South Africa need to be registered with one of the four authorised agencies who handle registrations on behalf of SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority). It is a small cost and has to be renewed each year, with a special focus on the safety equiptment required.

September 25, 2015 South Africa Product Liability

Consumer Protection Act. Under this law the manufacturer, importer and distributor are liable for product default and injury sustained by a user of said product. Clear product guidelines for use and markings on vessels are required. The Motor Industry Ombudsman has been appointed to oversee consumer disputes relating to boat engines.

September 25, 2015 South Africa Construction Standards and Certification

There are minimum construction standards and these can be found on the SAMSA website. They are not nearly as stringent as the ISO standards but do have some local nuances.

September 25, 2015 South Africa Safety Equipment

Each class of vessel, depending on inland vs coastal, distances to shore, each have different safety requirements and these can be found online on the SAMSA website. There are updated regulations on permitted life jackets for sale in South Africa.

September 25, 2015 South Africa Drivers Licences

All vessels over 15HP, and sailing vessels over 9m, require that the driver holds a skippers ticket, which is referred to as a Certificate of Competence. There are 5 different categories of Certificates of Competence and many of them require sea time

October 28, 2014 Canada Construction Standards and Certification

New Small Vessel Construction Standards, document #TP1332 in force since 2010. To read the reguation go to: Canada and US in discussions to align construction standards between the two countries