Boat Licence Course - Theory & Practical boat handling skills training

  • Clear explanation of the safety requirements
  • Assistance with the test 
  • Practical boat training & assessment

You will pass regardless of how long it takes. No extra cost.

A great fun day, especially the boat work!

Our instructor helps you while you drive.

Course datesClick for calendar here 
Course location -  Click here for Angas Inlet Boat Club at end of Garden Island Road, NW end of Boat Ramp parking area. Theory class in the clubrooms followed by small boat safety handling skills in the adjacent waters of the North Arm, Barker & Angas Inlets using the ACA Zodiac training boat.
The course can be delivered at any suitable location at any time for a groups of 4 or more people. 

Course fee:  $250 - includes classroom discussion, practical boat work training and membership of Australian Cruise Academy. Academy issues a Certificate of Competency which is used to purchase your Government Boat Licence with an application for Boat licence form at a Government Service Centre. No test required.
Government Boat Licence Fee: $40 = Licence for Life

Enrolment procedure:  Click here

A booking fee of $50 using a credit card number, expiry date and 3 digit security code is required to confirm your place.
Final Payment Cash on the day for the balance of the fee is requested. We will charge your card the full course fee balance if you do not come to class or phone to arrange a change of class date.
Power Boat Course Content - theory:
  • Government regulations - Recreational Licence, Boat registration, Accident reporting, Policing & Safety on the water
  • Selecting the right boat, boat maintenance, safety equipment, check lists
  • Trip planning, tides, weather, time & fuel calculation, crew briefing, 
  • Collision regulations, navigation aids, lights & shapes, river navigation
  • Emergencies, first aid, fire prevention & fire fighting
  • Jetski and water skiing, Do's and Dont's
  • Environmental protection 

Power Boat Course Content - Practical

  • Pre-launch check, launching the boat, mooring the boat, crew safety check, boarding the boat & weight distribution, starting & warming engines
  • Follow Collision regulations and speed regulations at all times
  • Departing the pontoon, getting under way, determining 4 & 7 knot speed and distances, hull speed, planing speed, slowing & stopping
  • Accurate steering, straight line, figure 8, correct to straight line
  • Man overboard recovery, boat operator only with no assistance
  • Approaching the pontoon, laying alongside, applying a springer to a bit, springing on, fixing bow and stern lines, crew off.
English Language assistance - We recognise that many people have difficulty with the written test. Our course is much more reliable for these people. We assess your understanding of the essential safety rules in a practical way.
Course duration - 1 day program (09:00 to 16:00hrs). The instructor will make a general assessment of the competency of each candidate at the end of this day. A decision will then be made to issue a Certificate of Competency, or to require extra training.  There is no extra cost if more training is required.

Preparation  - Candidates should obtain and familiarise themselves with a copy of the free booklet  "SA Recreational Boating Safety Handbook" Bring it with you to class. OR You can study it online Click Here

When you enrol in one of our courses you become a member of Australian Cruise Academy. This recognises you as a trainee and is required for insurance purposes.


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