Operator qualifications, briefings and instructions

To make sure everything goes well, Our Boat must be operated by a competent skipper in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations including her safety management system.

For most low risk activities such as day trips in protected waterways, the nominated skipper does not need to have a boat licence to operate Our Boat.

The nominated skipper just needs to be in good health, be more than 18 years of age and be able to demonstrate their competence.

The nominated skipper is only required to have a boat licence (such as a recreational marine craft licence or equivalent with relevant additional experience) if they are intending on operating Our Boat for complex or high risk activities.

The nominated skipper is also required to hold a Coxswain Grade 2 (minimum) if they are intending to use Our Boat for commercial purposes (Coxswain Grade 1 (minimum) when carrying passengers).

Before departure, the nominated skipper will be provided with a safety briefing and specific instructions on how to operate Our Boat in the expected conditions and also in the event of an emergency. These instructions will be tailored to suit the skipper’s level of competence and experience and they will include practical demonstrations.

If required, the nominated skipper is then responsible for providing a similar pre-departure briefing to anyone not present for the initial briefing. Copies of the safety management system, briefing checklists, operating instructions and emergency procedures are kept on board to assist the nominated skipper in operating Our Boat for the duration of the hire period.