Sailing and Boating in Buenos Aires
Information on sailing and boating in Buenos Aires with details about the different sailing permits and licences, and contact details for local sailing associations, sailing clubs and marinas...
Safety at Sea
|General emergencies Buenos Aires City and Province||Tel: 911|
|Emergency at sea (Prefectura Naval Argentina)||Tel: 106 (toll free) / (011) 4576-7658|
It is important to check weather reports before setting out to sail or practising any other water sports as weather conditions can change very rapidly.
- See AngloINFO Weather for forecasts
The Argentinian Naval Prefecture (Prefectura Naval Argentina) is Argentina's security, safety and judicial police at sea and is responsible for protecting the country's rivers and maritime territory. It also intervenes in marine conservation, hunting and fishing at sea and in rivers.
- Prefectura Naval Argentina Headquarters
At: Av. Eduardo Madero 235, Buenos Aires City
Tel: (011) 4318-7400 / 7500 / 7600
- For information about regional naval offices: Click here (in Spanish)
Communications when Sailing
The frequencies that must be used are:
- Medium (MF)
- High (HF) - A1A, J3E
- (VHF): F3E - for very high frequencies
The Argentine Communications Service for Navigation Safety (SECOSENA) requires that Spanish is used, but where language is a barrier, use International Code Signalling, the Q Code, and Standard International Marine Vocabulary.
The Argentine Traffic Control and Safety System (CONTRASE) controls maritime traffic to ensure safety and promote efficiency, and also the exchange of information between a coastal station and a boat. This service operates 24/7, and the same rules regarding language apply.
- For further information about the rules and regulations for communications while sailing in Argentina: Click here (in Spanish)
Sailing and Boating Regulations
The most important regulations which apply to sports and leisure boats are:
- A boat's name, number, port of registration and its draught of ship's marks must be specified
- For boats with internal combustion engines, and which use petrol, there must be equipment on board to prevent fires
- For further information about sailing and boating regulations: Click here (in Spanish)
There are a number of different sailing licences in Argentina.
Conductor náutico: The licence holder can pilot motor boats on rivers (within certain limits) and lakes. The boat's length should not exceed seven metres, and its maximum motor power should be 140 HP. To take the licence, a candidate must be older than 18 and pass the corresponding exam.
Grumete: This licence is for sailing boats on rivers, lakes and the Río de la Plata, within certain limits. Boats are limited to seven metres in length, and the licence holder can only sail during the day and when the climate is favourable.
Timonel Yate (Vela o Motor): To get the licence, a candidate must be older than 18 and pass the corresponding exam. They are then eligible to pilot boats with motors above 50 HP, and sail boats on all rivers, lakes and the Río de la Plata within limits fixed by the Prefectura Naval Argentina. The boat is limited to 20 metres in length.
Patrón de Yate: Before being eligible to take the Patrón de Yate licence, a candidate must:
- Have a Timonel de Yate licence
- Have more than 60 hours of sailing experience on yachts
- In the last five years have done two round trips between ports in a Timonel or Patron area (the latter, as a crew member)
- Pass the corresponding exams
Depending on where the exam takes place, the local authority may require that additional conditions are met. The licence holder can sail boats on all rivers, lakes, and at sea within a maximum limit of 12 nautical miles from the coast.
Piloto de Yate: To be granted a Piloto de Yate licence, a candidate must:
- Have a Patrón de Yate licence
- In the last five years have done a minimum of four navigations, two of which must have taken place at night and two during the day, in Patron de Yate areas
- Pass the corresponding exams
Once the Piloto de Yate licence has been passed, the holder can sail any type of boat and sail without geographical limitations.
Sailing licences that were not obtained in Argentina can be transferred or enabled locally by writing to the Prefectura Naval Argentina and requesting their authorisation, together with a translation of the original licence, which must be authenticated by the home country's consulate in Argentina. The curriculum carried out for the exam and the Certificate of Approval must also be included.
Sailing Clubs and Courses
Licences and exams can be taken at clubs or specific training schools. The following clubs and schools in Buenos Aires can advise on sailing courses and some provide lessons.
- Asociación Deportiva Argentina de Navegantes
At: Lavalle 1282, Piso 3, Of. 8, Buenos Aires City
- Club de Veleros San Isidro
At: Camino de La Escollera 1500, San Isidro, Greater Buenos Aires (North)
Tel: (011) 4743-1565 / (011) 4732-2543
- Club Náutico Olivos
At: Juan Bautista Alberdi y Río de la Plata, Puerto Olivos, Greater Buenos Aires (North)
Tel: (011) 4799-8788
- Escuela de Náutica Motor
At: Av. Del Libertador 13139, Local 8, Martínez, Greater Buenos Aires (North)
Tel: (011) 4793-2308, (011) 15 6796-3562
- Escuela Superior de Prefectura Naval Argentina
At: Av. Corrientes 180, Olivos, Greater Buenos Aires (North)
Tel: (011) 4512-1013
- Instituto Superior de Navegación
At: Avenida de Mayo 1365 7º piso, Buenos Aires City
Tel: (011) 4383-4395
- Yacht Club Argentina
Marinas in Buenos Aires
Berthing areas or marinas with berths are called Guarderías. North Buenos Aires has a large sailing community and there are a number of marinas and facilities for yachts and boats.
- Club San Fernando
At: Sarmiento y Escalada, San Fernando, Greater Buenos Aires (North)
Tel: (011) 4725-9600
- Complejo Albardon
At: Río Luján y al Río Sarmiento, Tigre, Greater Buenos Aires (North)
Tel: (011) 4749-0213 / 4731-3035
- Guarderia Náutica Neptuno
At: Alvear y Río Luján, San Fernando, Greater Buenos Aires (North)
Tel: (011) 4744-5605
- La Bita
At: Chubut 2127, Tigre, Greater Buenos Aires (North)
Tel: (011) 4749-3703
- Marina del Norte
At: Calle del Arca y Río Luján, San Fernando, Greater Buenos Aires (North)
Tel: (011) 4725-7700
Fax: (011) 4746-6116
- Puerto Norte
At: Av. Rafael Obligado s/n y La Pampa (in front of Aeroparque), Buenos Aires City
Tel: (011) 4782-7787
- The Keeper Ship
At: Los Andes 743, Tigre, Greater Buenos Aires (North)
Tel: (011) 4749-4485
- Yacht Club Centro Naval - Nuñez
At: Av. Cantilo y Arroyo Medrano, Buenos Aires City
Tel: (011) 4701-4795 / (011) 4704-9272
- Yacht Club Centro Naval - Olivos
At: Malaver 401, Olivos, Greater Buenos Aires (North)
Tel: (011) 4795-6060