Australian Sailing Powerboat Courses

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.

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Safety Boat Operator Courses

Upcoming Courses

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Cost: $152.55 RFBYC Members ($177.55 Non-Members)

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Cost: $152.55 RFBYC Members ($177.55 Non-Members)

Registering for a course:

Registering for a course:

Please use the links to the information pages above to choose the right course for your child. A full list of available course dates is shown on the page. If you know which course you would like to enrol in you can also choose from the upcoming courses below.


To make a course booking, please use the ‘enrol now’ button to go to the registration page. This will take you to an Australian Sailing (AS) registration page. Australian Sailing is the national body for the sport. RFBYC is a registered Australian Sailing Training Centre.

You will need to know the Australian Sailing (AS) number of the sailor in order to register or you can create one for a new sailor. This becomes your childs unique identifier and stores their course information for future reference which can be accessed by your registered club and yourself. It is important that the AS number is created for the person doing the course with their own name and details, this number stays with them for their lifetime journey in sailing.