education at the 'enkhuizen maritime school'
The diploma, combined with time at sea, is necessary to obtain a Certificate of Competence, more info here
The MARCOM-A is only available in Dutch!
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. Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer (1534-1605) was already giving lessons in nautical education there.
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 rotten, rusty 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 and responsibly.
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