Welcome to Yachtmaster World
Your Premier Sailing and Maritime Service Provider
I am Kevin Veen-Birkenbach, a certified Yachtmaster with a wealth of experience across the seven seas. From teaching novices the art of sailing to delivering yachts across oceans, my services are designed for those who seek expertise and passion on the water
Embark on your nautical adventure with a seasoned Yachtmaster at the helm. I bring years of experience in various maritime roles, including serving as a Skipper, Deckhand, and Instructor. My journey has taken me from the tranquil waters of the Baltic Sea to the challenging currents of the Atlantic, accumulating multiple thousands nautical miles of sailing experience. With a plethora of certifications and a dedication to safety and excellence, I am equipped to ensure your maritime endeavors are nothing short of extraordinary
Sailing Instruction and Coaching
Whether you’re taking the wheel for the first time or looking to refine your skills, my tailored coaching sessions are designed to instill confidence and competence at sea.
Need to relocate your vessel? I offer professional yacht delivery services, ensuring your yacht reaches its destination safely, efficiently, and in pristine condition.
Let’s chart your course together. With extensive knowledge of various sailing routes and conditions, I can help you plan a voyage that’s both safe and memorable.
Hire a Yachtmaster to lead your crew. I provide skipper services for day trips, extended voyages, or any adventure where experienced leadership is key.
As a ship’s chief cook, I bring the same attention to detail to the galley as I do to the bridge, crafting nutritious and satisfying meals for all on board.
Safety is paramount. As a certified rescue swimmer and diver, I am prepared for emergency situations, ensuring peace of mind for you and your guests.
Qualifications and Experiences
My tailored yachting solutions, backed by extensive qualifications in maritime navigation and safety, serve a spectrum of clients including private yacht owners and corporate maritime enterprises.
I possess esteemed nautical credentials including the Yachtmaster Offshore from the Royal Yachting Association, the Sport Coastal Skipper from the Deutscher Seglerverband e.V., and the comprehensive Sport Boat License.
- Yachtmaster Offshore (Royal Yachting Association)
- Sport Coastal Skipper (Deutscher Seglerverband e.V.)
- Sport Boat License (Federal Republic of Germany)
I am certified in radio communications, holding both the Short Range Certificate (SRC) for maritime VHF radio proficiency and the Certificate for the Radiotelephone Service on Inland Waterways (UBI), ensuring effective and compliant onboard communication.
- Short Range Certificate (SRC)
- Certificate for the Radiotelephone Service on Inland Waterways (UBI)
Maritime Safety Credentials
My qualifications in maritime safety include certifications as a Rescue Swimmer, World Sailing’s Comprehensive First Aid, and Offshore Personal Safety with a specialization in Sea Survival.
- Certified Rescue Swimmer (DLRG e.V.)
- Medical Training OSR. Compl. First Aid (World Sailing)
- Offshore Personal Safety – Sea Survival (World Sailing)
Advanced Maritime Training
My professional maritime skill set is augmented by specialized training in areas such as Tidal and Current Navigation, Heavy Weather Sailing, Marine Engine Maintenance, Night Navigation, Piloting, and Radar Navigation.
- Tidal and Current Navigation
- Heavy Weather Sailing Techniques
- Marine Engine Maintenance
- Nocturnal and Reduced Visibility Navigation
- Precision Piloting
- Radar Operation and Navigation
Sailing Experience Across Global Waters
My sailing career has spanned diverse and challenging waters, including the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, North Sea, Baltic Sea, Canary Islands, Madeira, Aeolian Islands, Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas, the Mediterranean, the brisk Atlantic, Flensburg Fjord, and the Solent.
- Atlantic Ocean
- North Atlantic
- Baltic Sea
- North Sea
- Canary Islands
- Aeolian Islands
- Ionian Sea
- Tyrrhenian Sea
- Flensburg Fjord
Yacht Navigation Expertise
Throughout my career, I have expertly helmed a variety of yachts, including models from renowned builders such as Jeanneau, Bavaria, Gib Sea, Dufour, Reinke, and X-Yachts.
- Jeaneau 53
- Jeaneau Sun Odyseey 519
- Bavaria 44
- Bavaria 38
- Gib Sea 43
- Dufour 385
- Dufour 46
- Reinke 15m
Yawl and Keelboat Sailing Expert
Navigating the scenic waters of Berlin, I have extensive experience sailing on the Wannsee, Großes Fenster, and the River Havel from Pfaueninsel to Spandau, handling various vessels including Rügenjollen, H-Boats, and Randmeerjollen.
Multilingual Communication Proficiency
I am proficient in multiple languages, native German speaker, strong fluency in English (C1), intermediate skills in Spanish (B2), and basic understanding of French (A2).
- German (C2)
- Englisch (C1)
- Spanish (B2)
- French (A2)
Professional Diving Certifications
Equipped with comprehensive diving certifications, I am qualified to partner with you as a dive buddy and offering expert support for all underwater tasks associated with your ship.
- SSI Decompression Diving
- SSI Wreck Diving
- SSI Navigation
- SSI Scooter/DPV Diving
- SSI Diver Stress & Rescue
- SSI Deep Diving
- SSI Night & Limited Visibility
- SSI Speciality Diver
- SSI Dry Suit Diving
- SSI Enriched Air Nitrox
- SSI Advanced Open Water Diver
- SSI Open Water Diver
Leadership and Coaching Credentials
My coaching credentials, including Instructor (IHK) certification and Professional Agile Leadership™, are integral to guiding and unifying yacht crews. Expertise in mediation and hypnotherapy also strengthens team harmony and adaptability on the seas.
- Instructor (IHK)
- Certified Mediator
- Certified Hypnotherapist
- Professional Agile Leadership™
Yacht Management Qualifications
My multifaceted expertise in Project Management, Business Administration, and Computer Science equips me to adeptly handle yacht logistics, financial planning, and information infrastructure. I can also manage media and maintain meticulous financial records. My offerings include tailored cloud solutions and a custom-developed watch schedule software designed to optimize shift efficiency on board.
- Project Manager (IPMA)
- Business Administrator (IHK)
- Computer Science Expert (IHK)
“Kevin’s adept coordination of onshore logistics, crafting of vigilant watch schedules, culinary prowess at sea, and commendable leadership in seamanship were pivotal in our successful Mediterranean crossing from Alipa in Corfu to Vilamoura in Portugal aboard our Reinke 15m.”
Owner Reinke 15M
Hire the Yachtmaster!
Contact me to access a comprehensive suite of yachting services. Beyond personalized sailing coaching, professional yacht deliveries, and strategic voyage planning, I offer my expertise as your skipper, chief cook, rescue swimmer, and diver. My services extend to media management, financial record-keeping, cloud solution planning, and the utilization of custom-developed software for optimized watch scheduling on board.