The Australian Sailing Powerboat courses are designed to give you a more thorough introduction to powerboat handling than the RST course and to equip you with skills necessary to provide support for on water activities such as sailing.
National Powerboat Handling
This one day course introduces the fundamentals of powerboat handling. You will learn about how to equip and prepare your boat for the water, cover key skills such as berthing and unberthing, rescuing a Person Overboard, manoeuvring in close quarters, and how to handle the boat at both low and high speeds. In addition we will cover the basics of navigation and chartwork so you know how to plan a basic passage. This course is a prerequisite for the Dinghy Instructor and Windsurf Instructor courses. It is also highly recommended for on-water volunteers.
Safety Boat Operator
This one day course is focused on the skills you need to provide safety cover for sailing and other on-water activities. You will learn how to assist in a variety of scenarios including capsize, inversion, entrapment and Person Overboard, as well as being taught correct towing techniques for different types of dinghies. We will also discuss how to rescue different types of craft including windsurfers, kite surfers, kayaks, etc. This course is a prerequisite for the Dinghy Coach course and is highly recommended for existing dinghy and windsurf instructors and club volunteers. An RST and solid powerboat handling skills are required.