South Australian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook

Anyone who operates a recreational vessel with an engine in South Australia, including a personal watercraft (PWC), is required to have a boat operator’s licence, even if the engine is not in use at the time. This handbook contains all the information needed to pass the exam for a boat licence.

Download South Australian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook (10.8 MB PDF)

Individual chapters

Document linkTopics
Contents (410.4 KB PDF) Introduction
Common marine terms
Licensing and registration (700.1 KB PDF) Boat operator licensing
Applying for a boat operator’s licence
Applying for a special permit
Motor vessel registration
Boat Code
Proof of vessel ownership
Vessels registered in other states
Displaying your registration label and
Planning and preparation (465.6 KB PDF) Choosing the right boat
Before you take your boat on the water
Towing and launching
Safety on the water (728.9 KB PDF)   Let someone know
Your duty of care
Boating with children
Speed limits
Loading for stability
Fuelling and fire prevention
Alcohol and drugs
Safety equipment (1.3 MB PDF) What you need and where
Required safety equipment checklists
Variation from standard requirements
Standards and features
Weather and other potential hazards (460.8 KB PDF) Before you go out
On the water
Navigation (588.0 KB PDF) The international rules
Anchoring restrictions
Interacting with big ships
Navigating in restricted visibility
Buoys, marks, beacons, signals and signs (2.9 MB PDF) Buoyage and navigation marks
Signals on vessels
Navigation lights
Anchoring, mooring and berthing (713.8 KB PDF) Anchoring and mooring
Berthing at a wharf or jetty
Emergency action (870.5 KB PDF) Your obligations
Common situations
Abandoning your vessel
Distress signals
First aid afloat
Search and rescue (SAR)
Towing a vessel on water
Navigating South Australian rivers (688.8 KB PDF) Local knowledge
Inland waters and rivers
Special activities (481.0 KB PDF) Personal watercraft
Protecting the environment (723.5 KB PDF) Marine wildlife
Aquatic reserves and marine parks
Avoiding pollution
Historic shipwrecks
Riverbank erosion
Watching our borders
Contact details and further information (358.8 KB PDF) Service SA customer service centres
Contacts for other enquiries
Answers to self-check questions
Index (280.1 KB PDF)A to Z index

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