YA Powerboat Handlers Course

What to Bring

  • Lectures: Notebook & pen
  • Wet weather gear
  • Marine footwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Suncreen
  • Sun or Warm hat

What to Wear

  • Smart casual

Appropriate For

  • Suitable for students and adults from 12 years (novice and above) seeking practical boat handling skills and the knowledge to safely operate a recreational powerboat in Victoria.

YA Powerboat Handlers Course

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • Trip preparation: including use of safety equipment, emergency procedures, maintenance of motor & boat, fuel, anchoring, weather, vessel trim, marine knots & rope handling.
  • Understanding Victorian Marine Regulations including the rules of the road, navigational marks, lights & signals and mandatory safety equipment.
  • Navigation session of approx. 3 hours using marine charts includes pilotage, setting a compass course, calculating tidal heights, determining trip time, distance & fuel usage.

What You Get

  • A short 30 minute test & certificate will be issued.
  • Including all course materials including a powerboat text book and log book
  • Successful completion will allow students to apply at VicRoads for their Victorian Recreational Boat Licence without further testing (fees apply).

Description

The Yachting Australia Powerboat Handlers Course is a comprehensive boating course offering both theory and onwater boat handling instruction. This course of approximately 20 hours is suitable for all skills levels from novice to expert with the emphasis on hands on training.

The course is part of the nationally recognised Yachting Australia training scheme and is delivered by accredited instructors with extensive boating and training experience.

The Powerboat Handlers course is recognised by Transport Safety Victoria as an approved training course. Successful completion will allow students to apply at VicRoads for their Victorian Recreational Boat Licence without further testing (fees apply).

Course topics include:

  • Trip preparation: including use of safety equipment, emergency procedures, maintenance of motor & boat, fuel, anchoring, weather, vessel trim, marine knots & rope handling.
  • Understanding Victorian Marine Regulations including the rules of the road, navigational marks, lights & signals and mandatory safety equipment.
  • Navigation session of approx. 3 hours using marine charts includes pilotage, setting a compass course, calculating tidal heights, determining trip time, distance & fuel usage.

Onwater handling skills include:

  • Low speed & high speed boat handling, approaching and leaving a mooring & jetty, securing a vessel using lines, anchoring, launch & recovery from a boat ramp & beach, trimming your vessel, man overboard recovery procedures
  • Onwater handling takes place in variety of powerboats up to 6 metres in St Kilda harbor and Port Phillip. Session is approx 6 to 8 hours.

About Powerboat Handling and Boat Licence Courses

Do you want to learn to drive a small powerboat? Would you like to volunteer on a safety boat to support your local club? Or perhaps you’re looking to get qualified as an Instructor or Assistant Instructor? 

The Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy offers Start Powerboating, Powerboat Handling, and Safety Boat Operator courses under the Yachting Australia Powerboat training scheme, delivered by accredited instructors with extensive boating and training experience.

Yachting Australia Powerboat courses offer: 

  • On-water training in the safe operation of powerboats, including launching, recovery over a ramp or beach, anchoring, manoeuvring at slow & high speed, man overboard procedures and more
  • Theory training in coastal navigation using charts, marine buoyage, marine regulations, safety procedures, basic maintenance, marine knots and more.

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