about our school
Every year in October, a 100 to 150 people join a course on 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 join together to follow our lessons. Not only to obtain a diploma, but also to meet like-minded people from all over the world!
a long tradition of nautical education
Nautical education is a long-standing tradition in Enkhuizen, dating back to the 16th century. Then sailing ships departed from this, at the time, important city to sail the world’s oceans.
The introduction of steamships and reliable engines resulted in
merchant sailing ships rapidly becoming redundant. Clippers,
schooners and other traditional sailing ships disappeared from the rivers and seas, and along with them the nautical education and knowledge of sailing tall ships. However, a turning point was reached in the 1960’s, when a young generation started restoring and sailing the remaining decrepit ships.
This was financed by means of sailing trips for interested parties.
Gradually this developed into a fully-fledged line of business run by highly educated people.
Now, around 450 traditional ships are again sailing in north-western Europe.
Tall ships can also be found in small numbers on the rest of the world’s oceans and in seaports. Nowadays all of these ships and their crew are bound by ever stricter regulations. The Enkhuizer Zeevaartschool was established in 1978 to enable people to sail these ships safely, legitimately and responsibly.
education at the 'enkhuizen nautical college'
The 'Kleine Zeilvaart or KZV' (Coastal restricted commercial sailing vessels), trains students to become captain of commercial Sailing Vessels less than 500 GT and Chief Mate all sailing vessels, more info here.
The diploma, combined with time at sea, is necessary to obtain a Certificate of Competence, more info here
There is an English KZV class on Fridays
The 'Grote Zeilvaart or GZV' (Ocean going commercial Sailing vessels) trains students who have finished the KZV, to become Master all commercial sailing vessels, worldwide.
A KZV Diploma is required to gain entrance to 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 here
From 2016 the GZV is taught in English
Sail endorsement: The possibility exists for qualified merchant officers to do KZV and GZV in a shorter time, the course is given in English. More info here
The Bosun 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
Other courses:Besides the KZV and GZV Diplomas we offer our students STCW (Manilla amended) training: Basic Safety training, Medical First Aid, Medical Care and MARCOM-A (GMDSS)general radio operator. These courses, with the exception of MARCOM-A, are largely integrated into our KZV course so they cannot be taken separately.
The MARCOM-A is only available in Dutch!
About the school
The ‘Enkhuizer Zeevaartschool’ (EZS) is located in the city of Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. The school was founded in 1978 as a result of increased interest in sailing and maintaining traditional sailing vessels, which had been renovated and adapted for commercial use.
Lessons take place on Fridays and/or Saturdays for 24 weeks from October to March. Written or e-learning courses are not available.
Exams in KZV (limited sailing zone) and GZV (unlimited sailing zone) are held at our school and are supervised by the LEB (National bureau of professional sailing examination) which has DNV (Det Norske Veritas) accreditation.
The EZS is a non-profit organization which specializes in adult education. Our goal is to be able to educate anyone, without requiring preparatory training, although some commercial sailing experience is highly recommended!
The school uses its own solar-panel generated electricity; class rooms are equipped with sensors that switch off the lights when nobody is there.
Since 2015 we participate in a program that seeks to minimize Single use Plastics (S.U.P.'s); students are requested to re-use plastic packaging. For plastic-free inspiration click here
The school is GSM-free, the use of cell phones within the building is prohibited to reduce radiation levels and to improve social interaction.
The EZS is ISO 9001:2015 approved by Lloyds Register
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