QAW – Qualitätsausbildung im Wassersport

QAW – Common quality standards for watersports training and watersports centres developed by three German sailing associations and used across Europe. These standards ensure that you can find a suitable training center with confidence that the quality of training is maintained and assessed regularly.


Working committee

The “Quality Training Watersport (QTW)” working committee is formed by the following watersports associations:

  • DMYV German Cruiser Association (registered)
  • VDS German Pleasure Craft Association (registered)
  • VDWS Association of German Watersport Schools (registered)

Working committee

This committee aims at ensuring common quality standards that help you find a suitable training center.

Mandatory minimum standards have been defined for the QTW, which you should pay attention to when choosing a school.

for schools

  • The school is member of one of the three organizations and is run by a manager who has the required licences.
  • The school character can be clearly recognized, i.e. it is equipped with information boards, signage, registration desk, office, access to the training spot and other typical elements that suggest a proper training center.
  • The school has access to a suitable place for theory lessons, adequate changing facilities and sanitary installations.
  • The school provides training for the acquisition of official pleasure craft licences and other qualifications according to the valid regulations and directives.
  • The school has an adequate number of certified instructors.
  • The head instructor, at least, has a valid training licence in the respective discipline.

for training centres

Schools with multiple locations will fulfill the following requirements at every establishment.

  • The training centre has a sufficient number of training boats or an appropriate selection of boards, which are stored and presented in an appealing way.
  • The design, size and maneuverability of all boats and sport devices ensure that trainees can handle them easily. All such boats and devices comply with the statutory provisions.
  • If required by legal conditions, or specific requirements of the location, a motorized rescue vehicle is available (mandatory for kiteboarding, except in shallow training areas).
  • Buoyancy aids and lifejackets are available for training on the water and for rental.
  • Cold protection suits are available for beach sports, in accordance with the valid hygiene regulations.
  • The centre uses teaching equipment suitable for the current syllabi and on the basis of the legal regulations.
  • Aids such as models, charts, flip charts, tide calendars and other necessary media are used for the communication of the training contents.
  • Lessons and training equipment are sufficiently covered by liability insurance.