This course is aimed at people with a desire to be involved in on water support, safety and rescue skills of yacht club safety boat operators.

It is highly recommended for both those directly charge of a safety boat and those over seeing club racing and training programs.

This 12 hour course is normally conducted over one evening and one full day on the water.

Pre-requisites are approx. 2 years powerboat driving experience and minimum of 16 years old.

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


The topics covered are:

  • Carry out pre-departure checks including safety boat specific equipment
  • Select lifejackets / PFDs / buoyancy aids applicable to crew and driver
  • Understand typical race course designs and ideal locations for safety boats
  • Understand safe deployment and recovery of race marker buoys
  • Make balanced safety decisions whilst on water according to circumstances
  • Manoeuvre a boat at low speed in close proximity to other craft and people in water
  • Recover a person from water including techniques for injured casualties
  • Undertake towing of other vessels and multiple vessels including dinghies
  • Use a marine radio to obtain assistance
  • Describe the hazards of entrapment and common rescue techniques
  • Recover a single handed dinghy from capsize and inversion

Recover a multi-hull dinghy from capsize and inversion

Awareness of techniques for recovering windsurfers and kite surfers

Recover another vessel from a lee-shore situation.


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