Who is this course for?
The South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron is committed to boating safety through education.
The Seamanship course is a comprehensive course suitable for both novice and experienced boat owners and their families who want to ensure their safety while on the water.
Designed to provide the information required to operate your vessel with knowledge and competence, satisfactory completion of the Seamanship course meets the requirement for issue of a South Australian recreational power boat licence, through any ServiceSA centre, on payment of the relevant licence fee.
The course is also recommended for juniors (12 to 15 years inclusive). Juniors will also need to successfully complete both a theory test and an on-water practical boat test, as per the requirements outlined on the SA Government web site, to obtain a Special Boat Permit. (Google SA Special Boat Permit)
Completion of the Seamanship course is also a mandatory qualification for Sea Rescue Radio Operators and on water Operational personnel.
About this course
Courses are 8 weeks in duration between 7pm and 10pm on consecutive Thursday evenings. There is also a Sunday morning practical day that generally runs from 8am to 1pm. (Refer to the squadron calendar for dates.)
The course is suitable for people aged 12 years and up.
At the end of this course a successful candidate will be able to:
Meet the requirements for issuance of a recreational power boat licence in South Australia subject to application at a Service SA centre and payment of any licence issuance fees.
Have a basic, working knowledge of recreational power boating, collision prevention regulations and basic navigation.
Boating Terms – Attitudes of a boat, broaching, yawing. UTC/24 hr time. Lat/Long. Cardinal, Qandrantal points, Sectors, Bearings, Nautical mile.
Chart Investigation – Symbols, Co-ordinates, Depths, Tidal streams, Sea Bed, distance.
ColRegs – Day Marks, Night Lights, Running Lights, Anchor lights etc.
ColRegs – Collision avoidance, Starboard side of channel, Speeds, Privilege/ Burdened, demonstrations
Pilotage – I.A.L.A. buoyage system “A”, Demonstrations
Marine Environment – Boat wash & speed. Discharge & jetsam. Marine life & care
Boat Handling – Trimming for safety & performance
Boat terms, & equipment
Boat inspection and familiarisation
Fire at sea – Fire at sea. Extinguishers, regulations, maintenance, Burns treatment
Flares – Types. Use as distress signals, safety issues, Regulations. Maintenance. Action on sighting.
Flare Demo – Practical use on foreshore
River Murray Regulations – Water Skiing, Locks, Ferries, PWC and Jet-ski regulations, PWC rules & regulations
Rope – Types of rope, treatment, care.
Safety at sea – Safety maxim. Trip preparation. PFD’s. EPIRB. Marine radio. Speed restrictions. Blood alcohol limits. Distress signals. MOB. Safety equip. requirements.
Knots, Bends, Hitches. – Bowline, Figure of 8, sheet bend, round turn & 2hh, Rolling hitch, Flemish bend, Clove hitch etc.
Week 4.5 – Sunday morning session 0800 – 1300 approx. (Timing flexible – may move by 1 or 2 weeks)
Morning Practical Session Sessions with groups in rotation plus demonstrations
Morning Practical Session On water – boat
Morning Practical Session Mooring, rope work.
Morning Practical Session Radio procedures
Morning Practical Session Navigation
Boat Skills – Origin of mature sea waves. Swell. Handling rough seas. Big ships/little boats
Mandatory knowledge – Blood Alcohol limits, Trip prep. Safety maxim, diver below, pilotage and marks, collision avoidance
Boat handling – Close quarters manoeuvring
ColRegs – Multi craft exercise
Weather – SA Weather patterns. Synoptic charts. Forecasts. Severe weather. Accessing weather info.
Tides – Cause of tides. Tide tables. Surges and currents
Blood Alcohol Limits, position of craft at marina entrance. Sound signals. Diver’s pennant
Anchoring – Selection, use, setting up of ground tackle. Retrieving
Emphasise relevant parts
Format of exam. Pass marks. Compulsory questions.
THE COST OF THE COURSE IS:
$160 for Non-Sea Rescue Members. This includes Seamanship Manual
$100 for Sea Rescue Members. This includes Seamanship Manual
SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE
View the Squadron calendar and course dates
Contact Sea Rescue Adelaide on 08 8295 5062 for more information