Darwin Sailing Club

Powerboat Handling

Learn the Skills and Knowledge to skipper a small Powerboat

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Course Details

This one day course is designed to improve your boat handling skills, especially in confined areas such as marinas and in swell and waves. 

This course is a continuation from the Start Power boating course that helps to refine and improve the skills you learnt in the first course. 

In some instances, you can take your completion certificate to your State Maritime Regulator and gain the State Boat License. 

Length of Course 

The course usually runs over 2 days.


Start Powerboating. 

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Who should do this course 

This course is designed for participants who wish to further develop their powerboat driving skills.

This course is also a prerequisite for becoming a Dinghy and/or Windsurfing Instructor.

Expression of Interest 

If any course that you wish to participate in is fully booked or not scheduled, please email an expression of interest to our Training Coordinator at [email protected] 

What to Bring 

DSC will provide participants with life jackets and boats. We have toilets and change rooms, and water fountains.

However there are a few things you will need to bring with you to ensure safety and fun on the water:

  • Close-toed shoes (no thongs)
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch for break (if desired): There is limited space in the Club esky, however if you have your own to keep your lunch cool please bring it along.
  • The Waterfront Bistro will also be open where you can purchase meals, alternatively you will have an hour for lunch if you would like to leave the Sailing Club.
  • Stinger suit or leggings (Box jellyfish are still present in the water so some form of protection is recommended)

What you will learn 

Over the duration of this course you will learn:

  • How to do Pre-departure checks
  • Engine and Fuel checks
  • Course navigation and passage planning
  • Man overboard recovery
  • Boat handling techniques in swell and waves
  • Towing 

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