Learning how to sail a powerboat

Do you want to learn to drive a small powerboat? Would you like to man a safety boat to support your local sailing club? This program will provide you with the necessary skills for the safe use of small powerboats, including the equipment to be carried, knowledge of seamanship, navigation and weather.

As part of the program you will have the opportunity to achieve the powerboat operators certificate which satisfies licensing requirements in some states of Australia. If you wish to assist in club events or desire to be an instructor, coach or official, then the Safety Boat Handling course is particularly beneficial. The skills and knowledge gained in this program can be applied in most of the other programs and it is highly recommended for all.

The three different levels of the powerboat program are as follows.

 Areas Covered
Step 1
Start Power Boating
12 hours 
Your powerboating pathway begins here introducing practical driving skills, trip planning, boat maintenance, and safety equipment. Following the course you will have sufficient skills and knowledge to skipper a small powerboat.
Passage planning, equipment requirements, sourcing weather information, powerboat terminology and rules, boat launching and docking, basic steering and manoeuvre techniques, dealing with emergency situations
Step 2
Powerboat Handling
8 hours 
This course is designed to improve your boat handling skills, especially in confined areas such as marina’s and in swell and waves. 
Pre-departure checks, engine and fuel checks, course navigation and passage planning, man overboard recovery, boat handling techniques in swells and waves, towing
Step 3
Safety Boat Operator
 12 hours
This course provides the skills needed to support water based activities at clubs, schools and outdoor recreation centres. 
Equipment selection, race managements theory, race course design, communication techniques, rescue of other craft, lay and recover markers