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1983 STAQ Boating Trial unit

This product is proudly Australian Made

ISBN : None allocated

Published Date : 01 June 1983

Product Code : 1983 STAQ

Format : Free PDF for download


Ever since our early colonial days, people in Australia have depended  on the sea for their livelihood. Today, the Sea is still used for  many purposes. 

Queensland has a high involvement in maritime activities at Recreational, Tourist, Fishing, Research and Constructional levels. 

Over 86,000 power boats are currently registered and over 2,000 charter and fishing vessels operate out of Queensland ports. With such a large number of craft there is a need for all people using the Sea to have a working knowledge of the vessels that operate in its waters. 

First attempt to develop a boating unit for a new Marine Studies Syllabus made possible with the support of the following:

  • C. Connell, T. Duke (Brisbane South Regional Office)
  • John O'Connor and Les Sampson (STEP Project, Education Dept.) 
  • Ken Gilbert, Lyle Ferguson and Mel Phillips (Benowa SHS Principals)
  • Science staff Benowa SHS
  • STAQ executive and Brisbane Education Centre esp Bob McAllistar 

Teachers Information

It tried to teach the following attitudes where students were asked to

  1. Value the need for the boating rules and obey them at sea.
  2. Develop a safe attitude towards the sea.
  3. Realise that alcohol and water do not mix and contribute to accidents.
  4. Be helpful to others at sea and display a helpful attitude.
  5. Be mindful of the costs of seagoing craft and other people's property.
  6. Be tolerant of those who get seasick and be sympathetic.
  7. Cooperate with those who try to uphold the boating rules.
  8. Respect weather forecasts, heed strong wind warnings and dangerous bar crossings.

This booklet was written for the Multistrand Science syllabus topics - Science for recreation and matter and materials as well as trialling ideas for a proposed marine studies syllabus.


Section 1 Buying a boat

looks at the logistics of buying the boat you want for your needs.   Because boating is usually a recreational activity, people tend to relax more. Unfortunately so does their attitude towards safety. 

Section 2 Safety equipment

looks at the equipment that is compulsory, why it is so, and offers  some ideas on general safety. 

Section 3 Practical skills

considers the practical aspects of Seamanship that a person should have in order to start boating. Unfortunately there is no teacher like experience, and this is only a very limited introduction.   Whether you like it or noL, repairs will have to be done. 

Section 4 Care and maintenance

The sea is not a kind lady when it comes to wear and tear so this section has some hints on Care and Maintenance. 

To operate a power boat in Queensland with a motor over 6 hp. requires  a licence. Section 5 gives you the necessary information to obtain the licence and offers some practical hints as to how you and your teacher may pursue this further. 

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