Safety & Skipper's Licence

The houseboats are very safe. They have proved themselves as a recreational charter vehicle for many years at Lightleys Holiday Houseboats in Knysna.

On board we have all the equipment that you might need in the very unlikely event of an emergency: emergency contact details, lifejackets, a comprehensive first aid kit and a fire extinguisher. And we are on call 24 hours a day.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) requires that Old Willow issue you with a temporary Skipper’s Licence or Certificate of Competency (CoC) that is valid for the duration of your stay on board. Prior to you boarding your houseboat, we will give you a thorough briefing on the rules and regulations of houseboating as well as how the houseboat works. Once you are fully informed and have a good understanding, we will issue you with a temporary CoC.

You can download a copy of the Rules and Regulations here