The volunteer Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij (Royal Dutch Sea Rescue Institution) has noted a decrease in experience among recreational boaters. First-time sailors increasingly do not own their craft, they rent them. Furthermore, more people simply rent their craft without proper preparation for their trips or sufficient knowledge of their craft. The free app: KNRM Helpt is an all-in-one aid in preparation of a passage, providing weather information, chartletsmaps and logs. Sailors in need of rescue or assistance can use the app to call for help.
The app and accompanying website have been developed to increase safety in Dutch waters and facilitate a quick response in case of an emergency. KNRM is trying to make it easier to prepare better for a trip and prevent emergencies.