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Organisations

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is a statutory authority established under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 (the AMSA Act). AMSA’s principal functions are:

  • promoting maritime safety and protection of the marine environment
  • preventing and combating ship-sourced pollution in the marine environment
  • providing infrastructure to support safety of navigation in Australian waters
  • providing a national search and rescue service to the maritime and aviation sectors.
Maritime Safety Queensland

Maritime Safety Queensland

Maritime Safety Queensland is responsible for:

  • improving maritime safety for shipping and small craft through regulation and education
  • minimising vessel-sourced waste and responding to marine pollution
  • providing essential maritime services such as aids to navigation and vessel traffic services
  • encouraging and supporting innovation in the maritime industry.
Australian Volunteer Coast Guard

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard is an organisation composed entirely of volunteers. Formed in 1961, its aim is to promote safety in the operation of small craft. It guards the coast in the most effective way: by education; example; examination; and finally by search and rescue.

Queensland Flotillas (from Southport to Cape York)

Boating Industry Association

Boating Industry Association

The main objective of the BIA is to support and improve the sustainability of the recreational and light commercial marine industry

Recreational Boating & Sailing

My Boating Life

My Boating Life

MyBoatingLife.com.au covers just about everything there is to know about recreational boating in Australia!

Boat ShowsRoyal Queensland Yacht SquadronAustralian Sailing

Australian Sailing

Yachting Australia is the national sporting organisation (NSO) for sailing, and peak body for recreational boating at Clubs, in Australia. It is one of over 90 NSOs recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

Yachting Australia is a Federation consisting of eight State and Territory Associations, often referred to as Member Yachting Associations (MYAs).

In turn there are more than 360 affiliated Clubs, who between them have approximately 65,000 registered on-water members.

Publications

Coast Guard / Coast Guard Rescue

Coast Guard 

Coast Guard is the half-yearly national magazine of The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Australia’s largest independent boating education, search and rescue organisation.

In addition, Coast Guard Rescue is the magazine for the Sunshine Coast flotillas:

Caloundra edition
Noosa edition

Working Boats

Working Boats

Quarterly magazine from AMSA, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Latest Issue: Autumn 2016 #9

Boatsafe Work BookQueensland Recreational Boating and Fishing GuideSail Magazine

Safety & Training

Maritime WeatherBuoys, Beacons & Lights

Buoys, Beacons & Lights

Traffic lights and signs guide drivers on the roads. Buoys, beacons and navigation lights do the same on the water. In Queensland, the system of buoys, beacons, marks and lights used is compliant with the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) Buoyage System ‘A’. Each type of mark has its own colour, shape, top mark and light combination. To navigate safely, you need to know each mark and its meaning.

Source:
Julie Hartwig,
Coast Guard Rescue Sunshine Coast, QF5 Noosa

Sailing Academy

Sailing Academy

The RQYS Sailing Academy offers a wide range of nationally recognised learn to sail and sailing-related courses in both dinghies and keelboats.

The Academy is an accredited Yachting Australia Discover Sailing Centre that has launched countless sailing careers. Managed by experienced and professional sailing instructors, along with dedicated and fully-trained volunteers, on-water and shore-based courses are conducted regularly throughout the year.

All instructors are qualified through Yachting Australia and place an equal importance on the safety of the student and enjoyment of the course to create the perfect environment for learning.

Boating Safety

Boating Safety

Queensland Government

Licences

Recreational boat and personal watercraft licences

You must have a marine licence to drive a recreational boat that has an engine power greater than 4.5kW. You don’t need to carry your licence with you on the water, but you must have proof of identity with you. You can verify your licence online.

A recreational boat must only be used for recreational activities—not for business, trade or commerce. To drive a personal watercraft or jet ski, you must have a recreational marine licence and a personal watercraft licence.

BoatSafe Training Safety Equipment

Safety equipment for recreational boats

Having the right safety equipment on your boat and knowing how to use it is essential—it will save your life in an emergency.

Signal FlagsSailing 'Rules of the Road'

Collision Regulations

Collision Regulations

All boats using the waterways must thoroughly understand and apply the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (Colregs).

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