Locate the bases
Documents to bring:
Passport (or ID card for EU countries and Switzerland). You must be over 18 to pilot the boat.
minimum age 18 years | seatbelt mandatory | children aged under 10 must remain in the rear seats| maximum speed: on motorways: 130 km/h | on major roads: 90 km/h | in urban areas: 50 km/h.
shops are open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. | closed Monday | food shops are sometimes open on Sunday morning.
Easter Monday (6th April 2015) | Labour Day (1st May) | 8th May | Ascension Day (14th May 2015) | Whitsun Monday (25th May 2015) | Bastille Day (14th July) | Assumption (15th August) and All Saints Day (1st November)
make sure you obtain an E111 form (EU citizens) or a health insurance declaration.
card phone boxes (cards available from newsagents or post offices). Country code for France: +33 (remove the 0 at the start of the local number).
Fire brigade: 18 | Police: 17 | SAMU (ambulance service): 15 | International emergency number: 112.
You can obtain a holiday fishing card (a passport photo will be required), valid for one week between 1 June and 30 September. This card costs around €30. The base will tell you where you can buy it. Depending on the region, this 'holiday fishing card' may be more widely available.
When such a card is not available, you must purchase an annual card, which will be considerably more expensive. Make sure to ask your start base for the details. Trolling is forbidden. Do not forget to respect the minimum sizes for fish catches (pike = 50 cm, zander = 40 cm, trout = 23 cm).