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Safe Boating in Queensland E BOOK

This product is proudly Australian Made

ISBN : 978-1-86283-169-8

Published Date : 01 June 2017

Product Code : F09RP

Format : Downloadable pdf lifetime licence

By Bob Moffatt
Wet Paper Publications

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Sample pages

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Teachers Information


Approved course notes for use by Queensland Boatsafe Training Providers and Schools

Free worksheets

The link to the worksheets below provide spaces for candidates to write their answers for their BTP to vertify prior knowledge.

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Free practical assessment videos

The videos in this download link were developed by Laurie Adams, Rod Martin, Grant Hunt and staff from the Marine Education Boatshed in WA and have been linked with permission and thanks.

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Unit 1 Trip planning

General safety obligation
Speed limits
Alcohol and drugs
Navigation lights
Safe operation
Properly equipping and crewing vessel
Buoyancy and insurance
Marine parks and pollution
Main parts of a small recreational vessel
Hulls (shape and depth)
Outboard motor
Controls and steering
Bow, stern and anchor well
Fuel tank/consumption
Safety equipment
Stowage, serviceability, bar crossings
PFDs - Personal flotation devices
Personal items, fire extinguishers
Signalling equipment
V sheet, anchor, rope and chain
Pumping and bailing
Oars and flares
Queensland safety equipment regulations
Parts of the vessel requiring maintenance
Reliability and serviceability
Tools and spares
Hull integrity, stability and freeboard
Builders plates and capacity labels
Level flotation, basic flotation, no flotation

Unit 2 Navigation

Responsibility (Rule 2), Proper lookout (Rule 5)
Safe speed rule (Rule 6), Risk of collision (Rule 7)
Action to avoid a collision (Rule 8)
Rivers and channels (Rule 9), Sailing vessels (Rule 12)
Overtaking (Rule 13)
Approaching bow of another boat (Rule 14)
Power driven boats crossing (Rule 15)
Action by give-way vessel (Rule 16)
Action by stand-on vessel (Rule 17)
Restricted visibility (Rule 19)
Responsibilities between vessels (Rule 18)
Water skiing rules, large ships in channels
Vessel definitions and terms
Lights, definition and visibility (Rules 20, 21 and 22)
For power driven vessels under way (Rule 23)
Sailing vessels under way and vessels with oars (Rule 25)
Vessels restricted in their ability to manoeuvre (Rule 27)
Fishing vessels (Rule 26)
Navigation at night and restricted visibly
Navigation at night and into the sun
Boats at anchor (Rule 30)
Flags and sound signals (Rule 32)
The IALA buoyage system A
Direction of buoyage, lateral marks
Entering and leaving a port - a practical exercise
Cardinal marks
Isolated danger marks, special marks
Middle channel marks, Emergency wrecks
Safe water marks
Lead lights
Sector and directional lights
Other navigation directives
Cable crossings
Anchorages, boat ramp signs
BoatSafe Bay summary
GPS navigation system use and limitations
How the GPS system works
Operation of a chart plotter, highway mode
What you will learn in a navigation and gps course
Suitability of the chart plotter and datum checking

Unit 3 Weather and tides


Unit 4 Emergencies

Define and report a marine incident
Respond to a fire on board
Communication systems
Use of appropriate emergency radio calls
Recognised distress signals
Emergency radio calls

Unit 5 Manoeuvring

Departing the launching facility
Get the boat onto the plane
Crossing a wash, complete a figure of eight
Make an emergency stop, pick up a mooring buoy
Man overboard, tie a bowline in a length of rope
Anchor the vessel, control the trim and tilt of the engine
Leave a jetty
Return to a jetty
Return to a beach

Unit 6 Personal water craft

General safety obligation, licences, registration
Ridesmart sticker, freestyling definition
Steerage, safety equipment, predeparture checks
On the water, safety equipment requirements, speed limits
Self study guide for short courses
Glossary of terms
Regional Government office phone numbers


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