Navigation on Lake Garda

Before sailing on a boat on Lake Garda it is good to know what the rules are for a correct and safe navigation, thus avoiding incurring unpleasant fines.
While leaving our pier, make sure you take a clear point of reference you can see and distinguish from far away.
Make sure to keep in mind that it is required to keep at least 500 mt away from the shore while sailing on Lake Garda.

  • The speed limit on Lake Garda is 20 knots.
  • While approaching, leaving or sailing in a Harbor, the speed limit is 3 knots.
  • While sailing at or less than 300 mtfrom the shore it is required to keep a moderate speed.
  • During the day the speed limit is 20 knots, during the night the speed limit is 5 knots.
  • All public transportation vehicleshave the priority.
  • All boats and vehicles are required to keep at lease mt 100 away from public transportation vehicles and professional fishermen boats. These boats should not be hindered in their route.
  • All boats are required to keep at least mt 100 distance from each other.
  • All boats approaching and/ or leaving a harbor need to operate slowly and perpendicularly the shore.
  • All boats equipped with an engine need an insurance. An insurance certificate has to be on board.
  • It is required for the driver to keep an ID card and a License ( both in original copy ) on board while sailing on Lake Garda.
  • It is required for all kids, who weigh less than 40 kg, to wear a life jacket. Adults life jackets are always on board.
  • All boats are equipped with a sailing emergency kit. In case of emergency call our office as soon as possible: +39 0365503057 +393065504861.
  • In case of dangerous accident , the emergency number on Lake Garda is1530.
  • All boats are equipped with a GPS system for security reasons.
  • In case of bad weather, make sure you enter the closest harbor nearby. Call than our office: +390365503057, +390365504861.
  • Waterskiis not allowed unless authorized.
  • Waterski and Wakeboardare authorized only if there are 3 people on board; a driver, a person on board who has to check both the driver and who is using the ski, a person who is using the waterski or the wakeboard.
  • The anchor is not attached to the boat.

The driver is not allowed to drink alcohol while sailing on Lake Garda. The BAC ( blood alcohol level) has to be Zero. The fine for who is caught drinking while driving can reach penalty between € 2.066,00 and € 8.000,00. Article 53 of the Nautical Code (171/2005), paragraph 1-bis, concerning fines and driving license suspension, refers to a condition of “state of drunkenness” of the commander or conductor of pleasure craft, from which it can be deduced that the “nautical” alcohol tolerance parameters can be different from those provided for road traffic. This law does not contain clear limits of blood alcohol levels. Water patrols, if they think you have drunk too much, can stop you. Attention: the fact that the nautical code does not provide for a tolerance limit, means that thealcohol level can only be ZERO. “The methods and tools for ascertaining the state of drunkenness, as well as the limits of tolerance of the alcohol level are determined by decree of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, together with the Minister of Labor, Health and Social Policies”. Lastly, it should be borne in mind that it is not excluded that the suspension of the nautical license due to the driving of a pleasure craft in a state of drunkenness may also lead to the suspension of the validity of the driving license. Any rescue or assistance caused by negligence, dereliction and/or inattention of the costumer will cost €100,00 for the rescue and €150,00/hour for the time spent with the costumer.

  • It is NOT allowed to use motor boats in the north area of Lake Garda( Regione Trentino). The borderline cross Lake Garda from West ( Località Corno di Reamol– Limone sul Garda) to East (Galleria di Confine– Malcesine).
  • It is not allowed to enter the Harbor of Sirmione.

Navigation Info

Before sailing on a boat on Lake Garda it is good to know what the rules are for a correct and safe navigation, thus avoiding incurring unpleasant fines.
While leaving our pier, make sure you take a clear point of reference you can see and distinguish from far away.
Make sure to keep in mind that it is required to keep at least 500 mt away from the shore while sailing on Lake Garda.

Along the south shore

Make sure you keep at least 500 mt away from the south shore along Padenghe, Desenzano, Sirmione and Peschiera.

Around the Islands

Make sure you do follow our instruction.
Make sure to pass between the black and yellow poles.

Make sure you keep at least 300 mt away from the yellow buoys;by not respecting this limit you can keep penalties.