Safety Boat Operator


Overview

This course is aimed at people with a desire to be in charge of a safety boat, particularly those who wish to assist their clubs or associations with the control and support of racing programs and other training courses. During this Course you will learn the skills needed to operate a Safety Boat and support other water based activities

Length

12 hours

Outcomes

Learn how to safely rescue other craft, recover persons from the water, re-right capsized boats and where to position your boat on a race course

Pre-requisites

At least 2 years powerboat driving experience to the standard of the Powerboat Handling Qualification

16 years old

Who should do this course?

This Course is designed for those wishing to help out at a club as a safety boat driver.  This course is also a pre-requisite for the Club Coach Qualification

Syllabus

1. Rules and Regulations for Safety Boat Operation

  • Apply regulations relevant to the operation of a safety boat
  • Apply regulations relevant to the navigation of a safety boat
  • Access and interpret weather and tidal information relevant to the safe operation of a safety boat

2. Plan and prepare for Safety Boat Operations

  • Prepare all equipment for safety boat operations
  • Inspect and prepare vessel to ensure it is seaworthy for safety boat operations

3. Manoeuvre a Vessel in Safety Boat Operations

  • Direct vessel and supervise crew to anchor and moor the safety vessel
  • Direct vessel and supervise crew to retrieve a person overboard
  • Direct vessel and supervise crew to resuce a vessel or person in a lee-shore situation
  • Direct vessel and supervise crew to establish single and multiple tows with power and sailing vessels\Direct vessel and supervise crew to right a capsized or inverted sailing boat

4. Apply Safety Management During Safety Boat Operations

  • Delegate and supervise responsibilities and duties
  • Brief crew and establish communication signals
  • Manage foreseeable emergencies by assessing risks and determining responses to potential hazards

5. Secure Vessels During Safety Boat Operations

  • Describe and demonstrate procedures for securing vessels during safety boat operations