Skipper Courses Offered
Vessels under 9 metres, Commercial and Recreational
Category R: Tidal rivers, estuaries, ports and inland waters.
Category E: All waters up to one nautical mile offshore.
Category C: All waters up to 15 nautical miles offshore.
Category B: All waters up to 40 nautical miles offshore.
Coastal Skipper: All waters up to 40 nautical miles offshore, day and night.
Endorsements for all vessels and categories
- Dive Endorsement.
- Surf Launch Endorsement
The examination is divided into theory, oral and practical.
Skipper Practical Hours – Performance Requirements
1. Pre-launch checks
Objective: Do a thorough check that the vessel is seaworthy and the correct equipment is loaded.
2. Piloting and Maneuvering
Objective: Pilot a power-driven vessel safely.
Objective: Safely anchor a vessel and trip an anchor.
4. Fire Drill
Objective: Safely and effectively extinguish a fire with minimum damage to crew and vessel.
5. Man Overboard
Objective: Identify, safely approach and retrieve a person in the water.
6. Short Round Turn
Objective: Turn a vessel around on its own axis using two motors and then one motor.
Objective: Safely approach a jetty and tie off a vessel as well as maneuvering a vessel onto a trailer.
8. Trim and Loading
Objective: Safely and correctly trim a vessel according to sea state and speed.
Objective: Correctly set up and deploy a drogue.
10. Motor Fault Finding
Objective: Be able to find the fault if problems occur with motors.
11. After Launch routine
Objective: Correctly wash a vessel and prepare for storage after use.