Sailing guide

Croatia sailing guide is intended to give you some basic, useful information to help you deal with normal and unexpected situations while on board, or even earlier, from getting a skipper's licence, to where and when you can get the information you need while sailing, etc. Croatia sailing guide does not only apply to the Adriatic, but will be useful in other places, whether you are using a motor boat, sailing yacht, or other type of vessel.


A skipper's licence is proof that the person in charge of the boat is capably of sailing it and has the knowledge required for TOURIST navigation, sailing safety, elementary engine mechanics, meteorology, fire protection and also has a radio operator's certificate for the boat's VHF set.

Important numbers

However experienced you are in handling a boat, you will feel safer if emergency numbers are to hand, so that you can phone in case of danger or if you need assistance.

No prefix is required for these numbers:

112              Public Emergency Centre
192              Police
193              Fire Department
194              Ambulance
195              Sea search and rescue (VHF Channel 16)

18981          General information
11888          Information of local and longdistant phone numbers
11802          Information of international phone numbers

Danger signals

MAYDAY  is used when a boat is in danger and seeks urgent assistance.
PAN PAN  is used to indicate that an urgent message must be sent regarding the safety of the crew or the vessel.
SECURITE  is a warning signal indicating that a coastal or radio station is about to emit a message regarding meteorological or navigational warnings.


The eastern Adriatic is linked by a chain of marinas and harbours offering safe moorings for vessels in all weather conditions. Marinas comply to standards, and have toilets, showers, restaurants, water and electricity connections.

Marinas can be found on VHF Channel 17.

List of ACI marinas you can find here.