YA Safety Boat Operator 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

  • Prerequisites: YA Powerboat Handlers course or TL3, current Victorian RBOL plus logged time as powerboat crew/skipper (minimum 6 month period). YA Powerboat logbooks must be brought to this course - The minimum student age is 16 years.

YA Safety Boat Operator Course

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • Race management: Types of courses, position & tasking, rescue boat strategies
  • Hazard identification: risk management; clothing & equipment choices
  • Rescues: planning & rescue techniques for a variety of watercraft

What You Get

  • Course certificate
  • Includes RYA Safety Boat textbook

Description

The Yachting Australia Safety Boat Operator Course is an 12 hour advanced boating course aimed at the experienced powerboat handler wanting to fine tune their skills for safety boat or instructor / coach work. Specifically the course is aimed at Race officers & onwater volunteers, instructors and coaches from yacht clubs and allied watersports.

The course provides both theory and onwater practical skills to safely operate a powerboat as a safety boat in regatta or training course environment on enclosed waters. Course prerequisites apply.

Course topics include:

  • Race management: Types of courses, position & tasking, rescue boat strategies
  • Hazard identification: risk management; clothing & equipment choices
  • Rescues: planning & rescue techniques for a variety of watercraft

Onwater handling skills include:

  • Handling: standing off, coming alongside whilst underway, lee shore/kedging
  • Race management: mark laying, recovery, position on course
  • Towing methods: multiple, tows, towing alongside, race dinghies
  • Rescue techniques: dinghies, windsurfers and other water craft

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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