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The Marina Guide for the Netherlands

The Netherlands has more than 700 marinas. You will find them all in the marina guide, including contact details and website. Conveniently organized by province.

When is a boating license required?

Are you planning to go out by boat this summer? Or have you always dreamed of having your own boat? In that case, it is good to know when it is necessary to have a boating license. You can read all about it in this story.

New: the current atlas of the North Sea

The hourly forecast of the currents in the North Sea, a supplement to the HP33 current atlas in knots and meters per second. In clear maps per hour. For the next two days. A lot of data that is updated every day.

Test: flying an eFoil

We are testing the new eFoil: a surfboard with a hydrofoil that allows you to zoom over the water. A sensational feeling, if you practice well first.

Water Map Live app: frequently asked questions

We have built Water Map Live as logically and clearly as possible, but you may always have questions about a particular option or how the app works. We have included the most frequently asked questions in this article, perhaps yours is included too!

This is how the route planner works

If you use the Water Map Live app, you can plan and save sailing routes yourself. The route takes into account the height of bridges (and locks) on your route. Using the route planner is simple, on this page we explain how it works.

The tidal curve

On the tides page you will find the prediction of the astronomical tide for 91 places in the Netherlands. You will also find the tidal curve here, not only with the astronomical forecast, but also with the current expectations of the tide influenced by wind and current. And that's really helpful: the curves provide by far the most reliable approximation of the expected water level.

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Wind forecast in knots and Beaufort

From today you will find the wind forecast for the next 40 hours in the weather section. These are produced four times a day based on the KNMI's Harmonie/Arome weather model. We have maps with the wind speed in knots and Beaufort. And an extra set of charts also shows the air pressure.

Nautical information

Port guide

The details and location of more than seven hundred Dutch marinas, clearly organized and easy to search. Also per province.

Water levels

Rijkswaterstaat manages hundreds of water level measuring stations in the Netherlands, their current measured values and forecasts can be found on our water level page.

AIS ship tracking

There is little as fascinating as following the movements of ships on the water. On the AIS page you can find out which ship you see.

ANWB Water Maps

Water maps on paper

Digital water maps offer unprecedented possibilities, but what if your device falls into the water? It is smart to always have a paper backup available.

Swimming spots

Where can you swim safely in the Netherlands? The bathing water throughout the Netherlands is continuously tested, the current state of every spot can be found on our swimming places page.


Shipping times and contact details, and everything is up-to-date because the data comes directly from the Rijkswaterstaat databases.

About Water Map Live

Water Map Live is the water website and app of the Netherlands. Here you will find the most important information that you need as a nautical professional, water sports enthusiast, swimmer, water lover or weather enthusiast. Fast and complete.

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