about our school
The Enkhuizen Nautical College is based in the city of Enkhuizen, the Netherlands.
Our 'Kleine Zeilvaart' and 'Grote Zeilvaart' Certificates of Knowledge, combined with practical experience gained at sea, lead to the (Dutch) Certificate of Competency Officer/Master sailing vessels. To obtain the Certificate of Knowledge, all exams (KZV: 13 subjects; GZV: 12 subjects) need to be passed. There are two exam rounds each school year: one in December and one in March.
The exams are organised by the National Bureau of Professional Sail Examinations (LEB).
about our students
Every year in October, 100 to 150 people start a course at our Nautical College.
Our students have a wide variety of backgrounds: professional charter sailors, yacht sailors and ocean wanderers, people pursuing a career change, sailors that want to join initiatives like 'Cargo under Sail' , world explorers and other fortune seekers, sharing this one deep passion: sailing.
Young, old, male or female; all come together to follow our courses. Not only to obtain a qualification, but also to meet like-minded people from all over the world!
About 30-35% of our students come from abroad.
Our school year starts in October and ends in March.
The 2023 - 2024 school year will start on October 13th (Friday classes) and October 14th (Saturday class(es)) 2023.
The exams for the first semester are on December 22nd and 23rd 2023. The second semester will start on January 5th and 6th 2024, with the exams being held on March 15th and 16th, 2024.
It is possible to follow all lessons online, although the exams have to be taken at the school. Please contact our office for more information. For those that want to attend a course in person, we have contacts with shipowners in the port of Enkhuizen that offer accommodation during the school terms.
education at the 'enkhuizen nautical college'
The 'Kleine Zeilvaart or KZV' (Coastal restricted commercial sailing vessels) course, trains students to become Captain of commercial sailing vessels less than 500 GT and Chief Mate all sailing vessels. More info here.
The Certificate of Knowledge, combined with time at sea, is necessary to obtain a Certificate of Competency; more info here.
The KZV course taught in English takes place on Fridays.
The 'Grote Zeilvaart or GZV' (Ocean-going commercial sailing vessels) course trains students who have finished the KZV, to become Master all commercial sailing vessels, worldwide.
A KZV diploma is required for acceptance on the GZV course, except where an applicant can prove he/she has had an education equal or higher than the KZV (STCW 500 tonnes). More info can be found here.
The GZV course is only taught in English.
Sail Endorsement: The possibility exists for qualified merchant shipping officers to do KZV and GZV in a shorter time, the course is given in English. More info here.
The Boatswain school is a practical course and can be combined with the KZV. The course is given in Dutch and partially translated to English. More info here.
Besides the KZV and GZV qualifications we offer our students STCW (Manila amended) training: Basic Safety Training, Medical First Aid, Medical Care and MARCOM-A (GMDSS)general radio operator, MARCOM-B and Basis Marifoon. These courses, with the exception of MARCOM courses, are largely integrated into our KZV course so they cannot be taken separately.
The MARCOM courses are only available in Dutch!
The EZS is ISO 9001:2015 approved by Lloyds Register
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We are affiliated with the Dutch Council for Training and Education. We apply the general terms and conditions and the code of conduct of the NRTO.