The locks in the Mecklenburg and Brandenburg area are ether automatic and manned or automatic self-service locks. The locks are free of charge.
In Germany mooring along the channels is prohibited. Instead you can anchor out on the lakes, or you can pay a small fee to stay in a marina overnight.
The two sailing areas are very suitable for beginners. There might be some traffic in certain areas, and if you’re sailing on the large lakes (i.e. Müritzsee), you’ll need to be aware in windy conditions.
In Mecklenburg (down to Liebenswalde) you can sail without certificate. If you wish to sail further south, you must have at least an ICC approved speedboat certificate. The certificate must be sent beforehand, so that when you arrive at the base, you can get a temporary German certificate.
When arriving at the base in Germany you’ll need to attend a mandatory theory lesson. The lesson lasts approximately 2 hours. After the theory lesson you’ll receive a practical introduction to you boat, where you’ll get to try mooring and sailing through a lock. These lessons take place before the actual renting period. If you have an ICC approved sailing certificate, you might be able to obtain acquittal from the theory lesson. However, many choose to attend anyways, as it is a fine introduction to sailing in Germany.