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1 Power Boat Operator Course Syllabus:
Includes Sounds, Signals, Distress, Shipping Channels, Navigation Markers, Navigation, Route Planning, Flares, Day Shapes, Night Lights & flash patterns, Fire extinguisher types, hypothermia, steering rules, fire triangle, safe speed, navigation lights, speed restrictions, anchoring, wind strength, legal ages, safety equipment No Brakes.


3 Marine Safety Victoria
Marine Safety Victoria plays the role as the State's marine safety agency by coordinating waterway management, developing and implementing vessel standards and operator competencies, protecting the marine environment and by funding the improvement and development of associated infrastructure.

4 Marine Safety Victoria
Marine Act and Regulations All vessels operating in Victorian waters are required to comply with the relevant provisions of the following documents: Marine Act 1988 Marine Regulations 2009 Marine (Hire and Drive Vessels) Act 2001 Vessel Operating and Zoning Rules Local Port Rules & Harbour Master’s Directions Marine Act 1988 & Marine Regulations 2009 are provided online at: or can be purchased from the Information Victoria Bookshop. Vessel Operating and Zoning Rules are available online at:

5 Types of licence General Boat Operator Licence
A general boat operator licence is required by any person over the age of 16 who is operating a powered recreational vessel. Restricted Operator Licence A restricted boat operator licence is required by any person over the age of 12, but under the age of 16, who is operating a powered recreational vessel.

6 Restricted Operator Licence
Restricted Operator Licence conditions Holders of a restricted operator licence: a. must operate at speeds of less than 10 knots b. may operate at speeds of up to 20 knots if: i. accompanied by a person over the age of 16 years who is licensed appropriately for the vessel being operated ii. operating between sunrise and sunset c. must not operate a vessel that is towing. For example, if a PWC is being operated, the licence of the accompanying person must be endorsed for PWC operation PWC – Personal Water Craft eg Jetski etc to operate this you need an additional PWC endorsement.

7 Licence Test What is involved in the test?
an eyesight chart to test vision a multiple-choice test to assess knowledge of waterway rules and safe boat operation. The minimum passing grade for the boat operator licence test, is 26 out of 30 questions. The minimum passing grade for the PWC endorsement test is 13 out of 15 questions. All test questions are based on Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook.

8 Powerboat Operator Licence
You can complete a Marine Safety Victoria approved training course by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and present the Marine Safety Victoria endorsed certificate, within 6 months of completing the course, to VicRoads to gain your licence. If you pass this course, you will not need to sit a test at VicRoads, but you will need to pay your one, three or five year licence fee. $29.90, $89.70 or $ respectively. PWC endorsement $5.10 pa.

9 Sound and light signals

10 Sound and light signals

11 Sound and light signals

12 Sound and light signals

13 Sound and light signals
Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility, continued

14 Distress Signals

15 Distress Signals

16 Distress Signals

17 Distress Signals

18 Distress Signals 12. Continuously Sounding Fog Horn
13. Burning Pitch on Deck 14. EPIRB ACTIVATION 15. PLB ACTIVATION


20 SOLAS Safety Of Life At Sea An international maritime safety treaty.
The SOLAS Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships The first version of the treaty was passed in 1914 in response to the sinking of the RMS Titanic. It prescribed numbers of lifeboats and other emergency equipment along with safety procedures, including continuous radio watches.

21 Sections of the treaty The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, requires flag States to ensure that their ships comply with minimum safety standards in construction, equipment and operation. It includes articles setting out general obligations, etcetera, followed by an annex divided into twelve chapters. [1] Of these, chapter five (often called 'SOLAS V') is the only one that applies to all vessels on the sea, including private yachts and small craft on local trips as well as to commercial vessels on international passages. Many countries have turned these international requirements into national laws so that anybody on the sea who is in breach of SOLAS V requirements may find themselves subject to legal proceedings.


23 VHF Marine Radio Calling Channel 16 or 67.
Monitored 24/7 in Port Phillip and Point Lonsdale by the harbour-masters “Melbourne VTC” & “Lonsdale VTC” Requires an appropriate radio licence: Refer ITU-R MROCP (Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency) MROVCP (Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency) GOCP (General Operators Certificate of Proficiency) First/Second Class Radio Electronics Certificate May be used by captain if vessel is in distress

24 Distress Call “Mayday Mayday Mayday THIS IS (name of vessel and call sign)” (…) spoken three times. From french: venez m'aider, meaning "come help me". A distress call has absolute priority over all other transmissions and may only be transmitted upon the authority of the skipper or the person responsible for the safety of your vessel.

25 Distress Message “Mayday Mayday Mayday THIS IS (name of vessel and call sign) spoken three times. Particulars of your position in In relation to a well known geographical feature. Example a charted feature, “20 metres North of Port Melbourne Channel Starboard Marker Number 14” or a description ”half a nautical mile south west of Breakwater Pier ” OR Degrees and Minutes Latitude & Longitude 37 Degrees 52 Minutes South, 144 Degrees 54 decimal 95 Minutes East

26 Distress Message The nature and kind of assistance required
“Our hull has a large hole; Bilge pump not working; Cant bail fast enough to keep up. Boat is listing at 30 degrees and rapidly sinking. Will need a to be rescued from water.” “we are a 300 metre long super tanker with m3 of crude oil on board. Struck Gelibrand shoal at 20 knots and are listing 20 degrees to port with a large hole along the port bow through to midships. Any other useful information to facilitate rescue including number of people on each vessel needing assistance. For example : “20 Persons On Board. All 20 on board are accounted for and evacuating to life rafts. Fire is out of control, involves 44 gallons of spilled fuel, and involves a 20 by 20 metre area of the top and middle decks.” “5 persons on board Total. 3 persons presently missing. After explosion the Chimney caught fire – require Fire Brigade liaison and assistance”

27 Urgency Call & Message When the distress call is not justified.

28 Safety Call A safety signal is used when a station wants to pass important safety information such as navigational warnings or weather warnings. SECURITE SECURITE SECURITE Spoken as SAY-CURE-E-TAY ‘Securite’ is French for ‘Safety’ For example: “Say-Cure-E-Tay Say-Cure-E-Tay Say-Cure-E-Tay All Stations All Stations All Stations THIS IS (COASTGUARD RADIO DARWIN) x 3 GALE WARNING LISTEN ON VHF CHANNEL SIX SEVEN

29 Safety Message Change to {nominated station eg} VHF Channel 67
Safety Call is given again then - Safety message example: “Say-Cure-E-Tay Say-Cure-E-Tay Say-Cure-E-Tay All Stations All Stations All Stations THIS IS (COASTGUARD RADIO DARWIN) x 3 DALY RIVER TO TORRES STRAIGHT – NORTHEASTERLY WINDS IN EXCESS OF 30 KNOTS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST FOR NEXT TWENTY FOUR HOURS OUT” This is a broadcast call – no responses are expected directly.

30 Radio Silence Periods:
To increase Safety of Life at Sea in Australia: Two Silence Periods per hour on all Marine Bands: 27MHz, VHF, HF & MF From the hour to three minutes past the hour AND From the half-hour to three minutes past the half hour With the exception of distress calls and messages all stations should cease transmission during these periods There is another Marine Radio band used for large distance ocean traverses known as MF and HF radio. Predominantly uses SSB. 4125, 6215, 8291 KHz – weather reports available on 2056, 4149, 6230, and 16528KHz from Willuna and 2201, 4426, 6507, 8176, 12365, from Charleville. Also available on VHF channel 67. For a broadcast schedule visit:

31 VHF Marine Radio

32 VHF Marine Radio Refer:


34 Winds – Wind direction is Named from where they come
Abbreviation Wind Direction N North NE Northeast E East SE Southeast S South SW Southwest W West NW Northwest

35 Trip Preparation Sail Plan or Trip Intentions Vessel Maintenance
Batteries Fuel Equipment Supplies Clothing Navigation Crew

36 Terminology

37 Vessel Stability

38 Length of Vessel

39 Classes of Waterway



42 Personal Floatation Device

43 Personal Floatation Device

44 Sea Surface Temperature

45 Heat Escape Lessening Position

46 Steering and Sailing Rules

47 Steering and Sailing Rules

48 Steering and Sailing Rules

49 Steering and Sailing Rules

50 Steering and Sailing Rules

51 Steering and Sailing Rules

52 Steering and Sailing Rules

53 Steering and Sailing Rules

54 Anchoring

55 Anchoring

56 Bouyage - IALA

57 Bouyage System – IALA (International Association of Lighthouse Authorities)

58 Bouyage System – IALA (International Association of Lighthouse Authorities)

59 Bouyage System – IALA (International Association of Lighthouse Authorities)
Port Lateral Marks – Red Lights

60 Bouyage System – IALA (International Association of Lighthouse Authorities)
Starboard Lateral Marks – Green Lights

61 Bouyage System – IALA (International Association of Lighthouse Authorities)
Starboard Lateral Marks – Green Lights







68 Marine Pests Northern Pacific Sea Star Japanese Sea Weed

69 Marine Pests Boat ramp vessels When leaving
Dislodge all seaweed from your vessel Drain all harbour water from your vessel Wash down and dry your vessel and all equipment exposed to harbour water Do not re-launch in another location before taking these steps Moored vessels Before leaving the harbour you must Maintain your anti-foul system - keep hull and wet areas free of marine growth Pump out all water taken from the harbour (or pump out far away from inshore reefs) Divers No diving or swimming in harbour without a permit After diving wash and dry your dive suit and equipment before you re-enter the sea Anglers After fishing at Apollo Bay Harbour Wash and dry fishing equipment used in the harbour before using elsewhere Do not discard harbour water or seaweed away from the harbour

70 References Wikipaedia Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook
Small Ships Marine Radio Operators handbook, AMC

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