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Marine Radio, Powerboat Handling, Introduction to Bareboat Cruising and RYA Diesel Engine Courses Now Available

Friday, 30th July 2021











Marine Radio  |  POWERBOAT HANDLING  |  Introduction to Bareboat Cruising  |  RYA DIESEL ENGINE



Equally as important, if you had to make one … would your message be understood?

Radios are an important means of attracting attention in an emergency or helping someone else who is in trouble.  The potential to save lives is the most important reason for fitting marine radios however they must be used properly and responsibly.

The Office of Maritime Communications at the Australian Maritime College is responsible for the management of all functions associated with marine radio examinations and certification services in Australia.  This includes the management of the invigilator network across Australia, production and distribution of the Marine Radio Operators Handbook, production and distribution of examination papers and certificates for all marine radio courses.

Learn more and see course dates here >>

Powerboat Handling Course Bookings Now Open!

The Course includes boat launching, engines and fuel, types of craft and navigation. It aims to improve boat handling skills at low and planning speeds, all of which may be practiced during a short passage. This course provides you with all of the theory and practical knowledge to prepare you to apply for your marine license, or be confident using your license.

Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to participate, we highly recommend this course for all powerboat users and require all users of club boats to hold this certificate.

Please note, all sessions must be attended in order to pass. See more details here ->

Introduction to Bareboat Cruising Course

In our Introduction to Bareboat Cruising Course no previous experience is required, we assume nothing and hit the ground running. You will be drawing lines on charts well within an hour starting the course.

The course covers:

  • Cruising preparation
  • Tides
  • Anchorage
  • Navigation marks
  • Introduction to chart work including plotting a course

At the end of the course we supply a copy of Australian Sailing’s Bareboat Cruising book for extra information.

See course dates and book here >>


Mechanical failure is the main cause of rescue call-outs to cruisers. Basic maintenance and engine care will help ensure that you are not part of this statistic.

Most engine problems can be avoided by taking simple precautions, and you don’t need a detailed mechanical knowledge.

This course teaches you how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown.

Whether you sail a yacht with an auxiliary diesel engine or are a motor cruising enthusiast, this course could not just save you money, but one day could save your life.

Course topics include:

  • the principles of diesel engine operation
  • the systems and parts of the engine
  • fault finding
  • rectification of common problems
  • bleeding the fuel system
  • changing the impeller
  • routine maintenance
  • winter lay up procedures

See course dates and book here >>