New boat license test center opens in Namur
The first boat license test center in Wallonia opens its doors in Namur. Walloon recreational boating enthusiasts will now be able to take the test in the SPF Finance building instead of going to Ostend, Brussels, or Antwerp. From 16 years of age, anyone can apply for the limited, the general, or the yachtsman boat license.
“This first test center in Wallonia will reduce the waiting times. The first available time slot in Brussels is in mid-September. People living in Tournai had to go to Ostend before, now they can pass their tests in Namur,” rejoices Marc Venneman, boating instructor.
This new Walloon test center is part of the Government’s reform that arrived to fruition in 2019 and aims to render boating simpler.
In addition to the Ostend, Brussels, and Antwerp (Berchem) test centers, a new location opens up in Namur, inside the SPF Finance building on the Bourgeois Street.
“Anyone from the age of 16 can pass the test. They are free to take lessons with clubs or federations or learn by themselves,” notes Eugeen Van Vraeyvelt, General Manager of Navigation at the SPF Mobility.
The tests open the doors to three kinds of licenses. The limited one reduces the use of boats in the country’s inner waters except for the Scheldt-Escaut River. The general license allows enthusiasts to go boating on all inner waters. Finally, the yachtsman license opens up the sea.
“Recreational boating is a popular activity that seduces more and more Belgians every year. The numbers prove it: around 8 000 new boats are registered every year,” notes Cédric Carliez, collaborator to the Federal Mobility Minister, François Bellot (MR).