NMC Image
Docking alongside the fuel berth with a qualified trainer standing by

Private training on board your vessel

A boat licence allows you to Skipper any power-driven recreational vessel of any size, except a PWC, (jetski) which requires a special licence.
Before obtaining your car licence you had to learn practical skills. You should do the same before taking the helm. With knowledge and experience comes increased safety and enjoyment. We can guide and mentor you through your training so that you get the most out of your boat and better understand your Skipper's role.

A College commercially qualified Skipper provides training to ensure you are confident with handling a big or small vessel. Training can be conducted on board your yacht or motor cruiser with training tailored to suit your needs. This is a great way to assist a non-boating or sailing partner gain confidence so that you can work together in handling the vessel and involve family or boat partners who also wish to be part of the training experience.

Ways we can help

    Your own training plan

    Marina berthing

    Night navigation


    The Skipper's Duty of Care is a fundamental principal of maritime law and seamanship, which is legislated within State Maritime Acts, National and International Regulations. Regardless of whether you are Master of a big ship or Skipper of a small " tinnie", the vessel owner and Skipper are deemed responsible for every person onboard the vessel, must not endanger other vessels and must be prepared to render assistance to anyone in need of help.

    The Skipper's duty of care includes:

    • Monitoring the safety and integrity of your vessel and to ensure the vessel is suitable for making the planned trip.
    • Maintaining a regular maintenance schedule for engines and electrics.
    • Monitoring weather, tides and local conditions. If in doubt about the conditions delay trip.
    • Leaving a voyage plan with the local Marine Rescue Unit or a responsible person. Inform them of your voyage plan to and the estimated time of return.
    • Maintaining and carrying the correct safety equipment for the vessel as well as all the necessary supplies - fuel, food, clothing and water.
    • Obtaining current charts for your voyage. Identify navigation hazards such as rock shoals, wrecks, reefs and shallows.
    • Briefing crew and passengers on the location of all the safety equipment, especially the location of life jackets and how to don them.
    • Outlining any associated risks which may arise including what is expected of them in the event of an emergency.
    • Monitoring the vessels stability and to not exceed the passenger carrying limits of the vessel.
    • Maintaining a state of personal fitness and ability to safely Skipper the vessel in all conditions.
    • Considering the needs of passengers and crew regarding food allergies, medical conditions or if anyone is prone to sea sickness?
    • Whilst underway maintaining a proper lookout at all times and to take action to avoid a collision if it is necessary.
    • Skipper's must be aware of what is happening around them at all times on the water, even when at anchor.


    The value of training and safety on the water cannot be underestimated, whether you are looking to refresh your skills, new to the boating, buying a boat for the first time, or upgrading to a bigger boat, gaining valid training is important. It's a small price to pay for keeping your crew safe and protecting your investment. Ease yourself, family or friends into boating, let them learn boat handling skills at their own pace with a qualified maritime trainer standing by. Like learning any new skill, it takes time. But it is worth it.

    Back to top

    Subscribe to the Bowline Newsletter to get the latest information and training news from the College. It's filled with course information and boating advice. Get a taste for what is coming up, be the first to get information on events and enjoy special offers open to subscribers only.

    To show you are a person filling in this form rather than a spamming script, what day of the week comes after Wednesday