The Nautical Licence (Licenzja tal-Bahar) not only a legal necessity, but it is precious to give you the peace of mind you need when manoeuvring a boat, for your own safety and those cruising with you, and out of duty and respect for other boat owners out at sea.
The theory sessions go through what is required to manoeuvre a boat around local bays and on the open sea, how to recognise the bouyage system,navigation lights, rules of the road, proper usage of safety equipment, prevent and control a fire, basic navigation, engine care and maintenance amongst other things.
The practical sessions include basic boat handling, coming alongside and man overboard drills.
The Transport Malta Nautical Licence course is delivered by Transport Malta accredited lecturers.
a) Types of craft: advantages and disadvantages of different hull forms with respect to sea keeping
b) Engines and drives: advantages and disadvantages of outboard, inboard and outdrive units,
single and twin screws, choice and use of fuels.
c) Siting of fuel tanks, fuel lines, batteries, wiring, fire extinguishers.
d) Routine engine maintenance checks, basic fault diagnosis.
e) Close down procedure.
f) Use and limitations of GPS.
g) Application of local regulations and interaction with commercial shipping.
h) Sources of weather information.
i) Awareness of other water users.
j) Communication with other craft - hand and sound signals.
k) Disabled craft.
l) Emergency action, preventing sinking.
m) Adrift - alternative means or propulsion.
n) Towing and being towed.
o) Fire precautions and fire fighting.
p) Basic First Aid at sea.
r) Distress signals and the Mayday call.
s) Apply International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), principally rules
2. Basic coastal navigation
a) Introduction to basic navigation.
b) Charts, chart symbols, buoyage systems (day time and night time signals).
c) Use steering and hand bearing compasses.
Module 2 – (Practical in Water Training)
3. Launching and recovery
a) Use of a trailer or launching trolley.
b) Consideration of launching and sea conditions, including hazards and obstructions.
c) Number of persons required to launch/recover.
d) Construction, width and condition of slipway.
e) Steep/slippery slipways, beach launching, lee shores.
f) Care of trailer bearings, hitch, lashings, ties, lights and winch.
g) Trailer parking.
h) Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board.
4. Boat Handling
a) Loading: effect on handling and performance, effect on balance and trim, CE Plate and
b) Displacement boats: handling ahead and astern, carrying way.
c) Crew members: minimum number in high speed craft, keeping a look-out.
d) Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash.
e) Steering, controls, effect of current or tidal stream.
f) High speed manoeuvring: planing, trim tabs and power trim.
g) Planing boats: propeller angle and immersion, shallow drive, high/low speed handling,
h) Carry out pre-start checks, engine starting and stopping.
i) Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times.
j) Carry out low speed manoeuvres including: turning in a confined area, effect of wind on bow and
k) Demonstrate an awareness of the danger of flooding when going astern.
l) Carry out high speed manoeuvres including S-turns and U-turns.
8. Man overboard
a) Recovery of man overboard.
b) Take immediate action.
c) Observe the man overboard.
d) Carry out the correct return with awareness of propeller.
e) Approach and recover the man in the water.
The theoretical part of the course is held at the M17481 in Birkirkara and the practical session is delivered on board our 5.5m Zodiac RIB.
The course fee includes the Transport Malta exam fee of €35.
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