The seaZen Academy: safety & license free

The seaZen Academy allows you to sail on France's largest license free boat in total solar powered safety since the batteries did not need to be recharged since 2016 to the electrical network.

Solar sail by day or by night

Solar sailing is a new approach Zen, elegant and environmentally friendly. Combine the simplicity of a motorboat cruise with the charms of sailing.

The SeaZen® Academy allows you to practice, progress and test your level, easily and at your own pace:

A 1 Hr boat tour is enough to start with

The boat trip is a simple way, without commitment to discover the solar boating. It usually takes a one hour for a discovery rental that you can share with your family up to 6 people. Then you are free to continue your tour altogether up to 8 persons without a licence.

1 hour rent

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The formal boat license is unnecessary

Think about the time you can save by not having to obtain a formal motor boat license. At the same you can test the seaworthiness of your family and friends to check if they're land lubbers or true sailors before deciding to buy your own boat. At seaZen we prefer to train a skipper with his crew, rather than a skipper alone.

The private boat trip accompanied with a skipper is the easiest way to learn how to be autonomous at sea by practicing with your crew basic harbor maneuvers, mooring and safety rules on a solar boat.

Once you have learned the joys of solar boating at sea, should you then decide to get a boat license and buy a boat, you will be well ahead in your basic boat practice experience.

The online test is free

SeaZen has developped a free online test in order to help you evaluate your boating experience. It will take you less than 10 minutes to start with the initiation test.

Free online test

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A practice program up to level 4

Progress at your own pace. We are at your disposal to evaluate the level that best suits your navigational needs.

Level  Prerequisits  Possible assistance

Your sailing autonomy

0 None
(practice session)
Accompanied Accompanied boat tour
1 Training session 
+ test, for less than 1 month
Assistance Day mooring less than 1/4 Hr from base
2 1 outing alone + test, for less than 3 months Assistance Day mooring less than 1/2 Hr from base
3 4 outings alone
+ test,
for less than 1 year
by night
Evening mooring with nigh sailing
4 10 outings + test Limited
/ distance
Expert: The skipper manages among others the weather condition and knows how to train of its crew

If you need a "refreshment court" since your last outing you may need a quick Team Support. The idea is to avoids you from having to repeat a full hour of practice.

Safety instructions for self drive boating

Basic safety instructions will be given to you during the practice session. They are also accessible at any time when you click on this page.

Team protection

Remove shoes before boarding the boat. During navigation, do not stand or jump on the bow, do not hang or climb on the solar roof. Remain seated during navigation phase. Children are welcome under the parent's responsibility (+7 recommended).

Boat operational guidelines

Follow the boat operational guidelines.

Speed maneuver

For docking maneuvers, do not excess speed of 1 nautical knot. Your crew can tow off by pushing away obstacles with hand or foot.

Speed in harbor

Observe the speed limit in the harbor (about 5 km/h)

GPS safety For safety reasons, do not approach the coast except in anchorage areas. Less than 100 m (330 feet), a GPS alert will trigger a systematic inspection of the catamaran's floats. Always stay in the navigation area as on the map.
Diver safety Watch out for diver's flags, bypass at least at 100 m (330 feet)
Fishing net safety

Watch out for fishing nets and buoys, bypass at least at 100 m (330 feet).

Propeller safety

Change your route, or stop propellers, in case of floating objects.

The electric motor is quiet. In case of abnormal noise stop everything and check the propellers are clear. Bathers would not hear the unexpected start of propellers, at anchor, remove the kill switch.

Instruction for solar boating on an electric boat

Navigate in autonomy with the sun

As long as the display unit shows the amperage is positive "0,1 A",  it means that you are autonomous.

The battery charge is a power reserve that you should maintain at more than 95% loaded. Below that, an alert triggers a ground recharge of the batteries.

Safety at sea During unexpected waves and for your own comfort, sit on the benches in the boat and slow down before the wave. In case of plunging, let the water flow over the bridge and watch your belongings.
Mooring safety

The boat draft is 60 cm from the propellers. Anchor only on sandy bottoms, not over algae or rocks. Unroll the chain until the chain rests horizontally on the sea bottom with the anchor.